Kadriorg 290. The Palace and Its Story
Kadriorg Palace and Kadriorg Park will celebrate the 290th anniversary this year. The jubilee will be marked out by the exhibition “The Palace and Its Story” at Kadriorg Art Museum, accompanied by a series of guided tours and lectures within the Saturday Academy, the premier of a documentary in July and a richly illustrated album on Kadriorg Palace coming out at the end of the year.
Joys of Life
The joint exhibition of the Kadriorg Art Museum and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum displays 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art from the museums’ collections. The focus is on domesticity and everyday life – public festivities, pictures of society, and portraits and still-lifes – all that made the art of the Netherlands favoured objects for collection in the circles of the bourgeois and also popular among the wider public.
The exhibition introduces the heyday of Baltic German art and culture, and examines the manifestations and meanings of the local culture in the first half of the 19th century, on the basis of Estonian and Latvian art collections. As is sometimes said, art created in the era of Biedermeier, which was mainly connected with the German language space, was classicism adjusted to the world-view of the bourgeoisie. In this view of the world, the central ideas were the family, intimacy, matter-of-factness, and withdrawal from the social world into the domestic sphere, which is typical of times between tumultuous events. Due to the corporative social order and closedness of society at the time, these traits were particularly amplified in the nobility culture of the Baltic provinces, where personal relationships extended more widely than the immediate family and the whole Baltic German public life had a familial character.