The Story of Pallas
The Pallas Art School and Tartu Art Museum are connected by their shared founder: the Pallas Art Society. This is why the 133 works of the preliminary collection of the museum mainly consisted of art by Pallasians. Later this number grew through purchases and donations. Most of the works in the exhibition come from the extensive collections of Pallas in Tartmus, with the selection covering both well-known favourites and works that offer new discoveries. The main focus of the exhibition is on the years 1919–1944, when the school was open. After the Second World War, when Estonia was annexed by the Soviet Union for nearly fifty years, the art itself changed and opportunities for free creative output were reduced.
About the Exhibition
The subtitle of the exhibition, The Art School and Its Legend, indicates how the image of the art school has developed and what the word “Pallas” symbolises today for different people in Estonian art and culture. The exhibition, which covers three floors, is divided into sub-themes that introduce the history of the Pallas Art School, as well as contemporary viewpoints on the school. In addition to the main exhibition, a side project in the museum’s third-floor project space called Pallas in Estonian Homes will also be opened introducing a selection of works by Pallasians belonging to individuals and the interesting stories associated with them. The works are accompanied by interesting personal stories.
Curators: Joanna Hoffmann and Hanna-Liis Kont
Exhibition design: Kaisa Sööt
Graphic designer: Valter Jakovski
Co-ordinator: Kristlyn LiierConsultants: Eha Komissarov, Tiiu Talvistu, Anna Škodenko
Works are from: Art Museum of Estonia, Tartu Art Museum, Under and Tuglas Literature Centre, Virumaa Museums, Tallinn City Museum, Narva Museum, Tartu City Museum, Museum of Viljandi and private collections.
Exhibition Team: Indrek Aavik, Richard Adang, Nele Ambos, Indrek Grigor, Johan Huimerind, Mare Joonsalu, Margus Joonsalu, Heiti Kulmar, Jaanika Kuznetsova, Kadri Mägi, Julia Polujanenkova, Riin Lisett Rei, Anti Saar, Kristel Sibul, Peeter Talvistu, Kristo Tamm, Ago Teedema
We would like to thank Tiina Abel, Liis Aleksejeva, Jaan Elken, Tiia Karelson, Kristi Kongi, Enn Kunila, Enn Lillemets, Mari Nõmmela, Kaido Ole, Ago Pajur, Triinu Suumann, Enriko Talvistu, Kaspar Tamsalu, Gregor Taul, Anne Untera, Heldur Viires and Katariina Õunpuu
The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Tartu Kaubamaja Keskus#Pallas100
Avatud: 17.08.2019 - 27.10.2019