Conferences, seminars, excursion
The annual seminar of the Estonian Society of Art Historians was held in KUMU Art Museum in December, 16. More than hundred participants were present.
The role and characteristics of the art exhibition was discussed in the three panels.
Can art exhibitions change the world? Or educate the people? How to measure the good exhibition?
The art historians, curators and critics from different generations and institutions included Rael Artel, Epp Lankots, Kai Lobjakas, prof. Krista Kodres, Eha Komissarov, Andres Kurg, Ingrid Ruudi, Liina Siib, Tiiu Talvistu and Leele Välja.
Prof. Mart Kalm and Maarin Ektermann acted as the seminar's "line judges". The seminar was moderated by Mari-Kristiina Soomre.
See also the visual overview of the event by joonmeedia:
Conference: The Geographies of Art History in the Baltic Region
Co-organized by Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Art and the Estonian Society of Art Historians, Tallinn
The central aim of this conference is to initiate regional and local debates about the geographical and disciplinary borders of art history as it is practiced in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Traditionally, in all three countries, art history as an academic and museum discipline has been formed as the study of national art cultures. Recently the prevailing national model has been questioned, but still the heritage of the discipline and the cultural policies of both the state and of museums continue to favour the study of national art.
Day 1, Friday, 27 Nov
9:30–9:45 Katrin Kivimaa. Opening address
9:45–10:30 Stella Pelše. Creating the discipline: Facts, stories and sources of Latvian art history
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
Session I: National Art History and Its Discontents
Moderator: Katrin Kivimaa
11:00–11:30 Jolita Mulevièiûtë. New aims, old means: Rewriting Lithuanian art history of the “National Revival” period
11:30–12:00 Kristiâna Âbele. Fellow-nationals vs. compatriots: The turn of the 20th century period and the mono-ethnic tradition of its interpretation in Latvian art history
12:00–12:30 Jon Blackwood. Writing “national” art history: Estonia and Scotland as case studies
12:30–13:00 Giedrë Jankevièiûtë. Writing art history of the vanished states: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the 1940s
14:00–14:45 Linara Dovydaityte. The writing of history in a museum: The case of the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius
Session II: Questioning the Canon
Moderator: Stella Pelše
14:45–15:15 Renja Suominen-Kokkonen. Writing a canon of architectural history in Finland
15:15–15:45 Vytautas Michelkevièius. Producing the canon of Lithuanian photography: Dispositif of art photography since 1969
15:45–16:15 Coffee break
Session III: Interdisciplinary Research
Moderator: Anu Allas
16:15–16:45 Visa Immonen. Medievalisms with a difference: The Finnish and Estonian pre-war traditions of antiquarian art history
16:45–17:15 Epp Lankots. History appropriating contemporary concerns: Leonhard Lapin’s architectural history and mythical thinking
17:15–17:45 Tomas Pabedinskas. Lithuanian photography: Contemporary practice and its definitions
Day 2, Saturday, 28 Nov
9:30–10:15 Keynote presentation
Krista Kodres. Our own Estonian art history: Changing geographies of art historical narrative
Session I: Beyond the Local
Moderator: Linara Dovydaityte
10:15–10:45 Agne Narusyte. Disruptive art histories: Strategies of innovative thinking
10:45–11:15 Alexandra Alisauskas. Friends “is olvais velcome” to Lithuania: International representations of Lithuanian art practices
11:15–11:30 Coffee break
Session II: Rethinking the Soviet Past
Moderator: Epp Lankots
11:30–12:00 Andres Kurg. Taking the Soviet Union seriously
12:00–12:30 Mari Laanemets. On the reconstruction of the art history of Soviet Estonia: The art history of interdisciplinary art
12:30–13:00 Kristina Budrytë. The “Baltic” fine arts exhibitions in Vilnius during the Soviet period: Conventions and innovations
Session III: Histories of the Built Environments
Moderator: Andres Kurg
14:00–14:30 Laima Lauèkaitë. Writing art history of the city: From nationalism to multiculturalism
14:30–15:00 Anna Ancâne. The concepts of international and vernacular in studies of Latvian architecture in the second half of the 17th century
15:00–15:30 Marija Dremaite. Post-war architecture in the Soviet Baltic republics: National, regional and international research perspectives
15:30–16:00 Coffee break
16:00–17:00 Closing discussion
Lähem informatsioon ja registreerimine kuni 20. novembrini.
Anu Allas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas seminar, Estonian Museum of Contemporary Art
Prof Marco Laimre introduced the concept and activities of the Museum.
Followed by a reception at the School of Restoration, Estonian Academy of Arts.
The anniversary of the academic journal Kunstiteaduslikke Uurimusi at the library of the Estonian Academy of Arts
Publication of the volume 15 and 30 years from the publication of volume 1. The presentation of the new issue of the journal which includes the bibliography of fifteen volumes.
Conference Quo Vadis, Estonian art history? dedicated to Armin Tuulse’s 100th anniversary, Kadriorg Art Museum
Kaur Alttoa Armin Tuulse and castles – before and after
Kersti Markus Armin Tuulse and researching churches
Krista Kodres Sten Karling, his research methods and perspectives
Jüri Hain Villem Raam as a writer on art
Panel discussion Mapping the problems of Estonian art history and criticism in the light of new developments in Western art history
Katrin Kivimaa, Andres Kurg, Mari Laanemets, Virve Sarapik
End of the Year excursion
Excursion to Kolga manor, guided by Juhan Maiste’s and Jüri Kuuskemaa’s talks on aristocratic culture, manor houses, sacral architecture and heritage preservation. Followed by pastor Margus Kirja’s Christmas sermon and a concert by local folk musicians at Jõelähtme church. Dinner in Jõelähtme golf club, and discussion of the Association’s plans for 2008.
Conference dedicated to the 95th anniversary of Helmi Üprus (1911–1978), Tartu University History Museum
Juhan Maiste Helmi Üprus and paradigm change in research on Estonian classicism
Epi Tohvri The ideas of Enlightenment and Classicism in architectural culture
Krista Kodres Parish church as temple. On the rhetorical ambition of architecture
Leonhard Lapin Technological classicism
Mart Kivimäe The problem of cultural tolerance in the history of the relations between historicism and classicism
Mai Levin Syncretism in fine art during the age of Classicism
Kadi Polli Classical content and form in Enlightenment art
Mariann Raisma Musée Imaginaire. Utopias of the Enlightenment museum.
Christmas party at the Adamson-Eric museum
Gathering at the exhibition of Herman Talvik, poems read by actress Anu Lamp and flute music by Karina Voloðina.
Kumu art museum’s autumn conference Green Raw and Uncut: Young Estonian Art at the Beginning of a New Century, in co-operation with Estonian Academy of Arts, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Estonia and Art Museum of Estonia
Karin Laansoo (Estonian Academy of Arts). Don’t trust anyone under 30! Making the book 22+ Noored Eesti kunstnikud
Irit Rogoff (Goldsmiths College, University of London). Addressee of the work of art
Kaido Ole (Estonian Academy of Arts). 325-
Kristjan Mändmaa (Estonian Academy of Arts). Brave New Designers
Rael Artel (Rael Artel Gallery, Artdepoo, Estonian Academy of Arts) Fotorama! New adventures in a new century
Presentation of the book 22+Noored Eesti kunstnikud, edited by Karin Laansoo, 408 pages.
Christmas party at Kumu art museum
Introduction to the new building of the Art Museum of Estonia
Christmas party at Mikkeli Museum
Kadi Polli’s introduction to the exhibition of the collection of the Low Countries in Estonia Low Sky, Wide Horizon
Study trip to Finland Retretti Art Centre and museums in Helsinki
Conference Lost Eighties, Rotermanni Salt Storage, in co-operation with Centre for Contemporary Arts, Estonia
Sirje Helme Why eighties?
Ants Juske Soviet postmodernism
Eha Komissarov 1980s as the final self-realisation of Soviet Estonian art
Heie Treier Sublime and kitsch
Sirje Helme Vacuum. The impossibility of radical art
Piret Lindpere 1980s in Estonian architecture: Transitive and transitory story
Raivo Kelomees ‘Game board’ of marginal art life
Kädi Talvoja Colour slide painting of Tartu school. Grotesque: A game or a tactic?
Pirjo Urvak Punkculture in Estonia: 1980s and present
Excursion to Latvia
Christmas party at Kadriorg Museum of Art
Visit to exhibition Antiquarium from Jüri Kuuskemaa’s collection of antiques
Conference Problem of Realism in Estonian Art and Art History, Estonian Academy of Art
Organisers: Estonian Association of Art Historians, Institute of Art History at Estonian Academy of Arts
Sirje Helme Modernist realism in the Estonian Painting of 1960s and 1970s
Jaak Kangilaski Metamorphoses of the Notion of Realism in Soviet Art Theory
Kädi Talvoja Hyperrealism in the view of different concepts of realism
Ants Juske Four realisms in Estonian art: Slum, sots, sur and hyperrealism
Ene Lamp Nazi realism as allegory
Peeter Linnap Politics of pictorial prosthesis
Reet Varblane Illusions or reality? Young women in Estonian art
Raivo Kelomees Atlas of reality: art reality and reality art
Selected papers of the conference were published in Kunstiteaduslikke Uurimusi / Studies on Art and Architecture, 2003/ 1- 2 .
A gathering took place at the Mikkel Museum in the icons room of the exhibition of Nikolai Kormashov’s private collection.
100 candles were lit in the garden of Voldemar Vaga’s home in Tartu, followed by a visit to the cemetery.
Voldemar Vaga’s exhibition was opened in Kunstihoone salong (compiled by Inge Teder, designed by Jaak Soans).
Conference to celebrate the 100th anniversary of professor Voldemar Vaga Estonian Art History and Criticism in Twentieth Century, Estonian Academy of Arts
Ene Lamp Professor Voldemar Vaga and Estonian art history
Kaur Alttoa Researching Estonian medieval architecture
Kersti Markus Researching Estonian medieval art
Krista Kodres 16th-18th centuries as object of research in Estonian art history
Juhan Maiste Classicism: Art writing, reception and history
Kaalu Kirme Researching the history of goldsmithery as art in Estonia
Juta Keevallik Researching 19th century fine art in Estonia
Karin Hallas Researching historicism and art nouveau in Estonia: Art history’s changing views
Mart Kalm Covering the field. Researching 20th century Estonian architecture
Harry Liivrand Estonian art history during the first year of Soviet occupation: The genesis of collaboration
Ants Juske Three models of Estonian art criticism after the Second World War
Sirje Helme Research and publications on post Second World War art
Jaak Kangilaski Art theory in 20th century
Reet Varblane Feminist discourse in Estonian art criticism
Conference papers were published in the proceedings on Estonian Academy of Arts, issue nr.9/2002.
Trip to manor houses at Harju and Raplamaa, led by Ants Hein.
Evi Pihlaku (1928–1993) mälestuspäev Eesti Kunstimuuseumis
Harry Liivrand. Evi Pihlak – kriitik või esineja
Ene Lamp. Ääremärkusi Noor-Eesti kunsti vaimsest taustast
Eha Komissarov. Kunstniku individualismi tõus – uus märksõna 1960. aastatel
Kaalu Kirme. Mälestusi kolleeg Evi Pihlakust
Mai Levin. Evi Pihlaku arhiiv