This collaborative exhibition brings almost 40 Mannerist paintings by the Netherlandish masters of the 16th and 17th centuries from Poland to the Estonia. The central style trait of Mannerist art is artistry; the emphasis is on subjectivity and theatricality. This art is related to the court culture of the time, which was defined by an interest in curiosities, erotica and luxury.
Curator: Greta Koppel
The exhibition focuses on the culture of ancient Egypt and the Egyptian craze that struck Europe in the late 18th century. The knowledge and objects of ancient Egypt arrived at the University of Tartu as the legacy of O. Fr. von Richter, a young Baltic German orientalist.
The exhibition was organised in collaboration with the University of Tartu Art Museum.
Abundance and Ephemerality. Still Lifes from Collections in Finland and the Baltic Countries
21.01 – 14.05.2017
The compositions by the 17th– and 18th-century Netherlandish, Italian and French masters of flower bouquets, fruit baskets and elegantly covered breakfast tables, as well as their compositions of hunting trophies, have charmed viewers for centuries with the mastery of their painting techniques and allegorical subtexts. Along with earlier paintings, this exhibition also includes works by contemporary artists from Finland and the Baltic countries that relate technically and thematically to the still life genre.
Curator: Kerttu Männiste