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Lux aeterna. Italian Art from Lithuanian and Estonian Collections

Lux aeterna. Italian Art from Lithuanian and Estonian Collections

Time: 27.09.14–15.03.15  10:00–17:00
Location: Kadriorg Art Museum

An exhibition at the Kadriorg Art Museum in collaboration with the Lithuanian Art Museum and the M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art. The exhibition introduces works by Italian master painters and printmakers from the 17th to 19th centuries found in the museum collections of the Baltic countries.

Italy, the heart of the antique legacy and Christian cultural history, has enchanted and inspired artists for centuries, and has been a destination for creative and educational excursions for centuries. The ideals of beauty and rules of composition that developed in Italy based on antique traditions and that were enhanced in Renaissance art prevailed in Europe until the end of the 19th century. Many generations of artists acquired their sense of aesthetics and practical skills by examining and copying the work of the old masters. Moreover, their searches for the rules of beauty and harmony, as well as spirituality, have led them down the paths of Italian art.

This exhibition is limited to the period between the 17th and 19th centuries. In the collections of the Baltic museums, the greatest number and best quality works date from this period, making it possible to juxtapose the important trends in the development of Italian art from Classicist Baroque to Realism and Rococo. The artists represented in the exhibition include Annibale and Ludovico Carracci, originators of the classicist Bolognese School of painting; Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, a great figure of Venetian Rococo art; and Jusepe de Ribera and Pietro della Vecchia, who were influenced by Caravaggio’s realism trend. Exhibited in the Baroque Kadriorg Palace, Lux Aeterna. Italian Art from Lithuanian and Estonian Collections forms a harmonious whole with the building’s atmosphere and offers the viewer an exhibition experience that interweaves various art forms.

The exhibition at the Mikkel Museum, which is taking place simultaneously with the Kadriorg Palace exhibition, displays the more intimate side of the art created in Italy through prints, drawings and paintings, allowing the viewer to see Johannes Mikkel’s rich collection in a new light.

The catalogue accompanying the exhibition examines and analyses the Italian art in Baltic museums and private collections, the development of the collections and their current meanings in the region’s museum landscape. The richly illustrated catalogue makes it possible to disseminate information about the Italian art legacy found in the Baltic countries in specialised circles, as well as more widely among art lovers.

With the support of: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, LAWIN Attorneys at Law, Molycorp Silmet Inc.

The exhibition will be open at the Kadriorg Palace until 15 March 2015 and at the Mikkel Museum until 1 March 2015.
The exhibition visuals are available in the Art Museum of Estonia’s digital collection.

Curators: Kerttu Männiste and Anu Allikvee
Exhibition and graphic design: Peeter Laurits

More information:
Kerttu Männiste
Kadriorg Art Museum
Weizenbergi 37, 10127 Tallinn
Tel. 606 6410, 5684 2804