Magic of Nature. Mystical Moments in Estonian Art

Curator: Rauno Thomas Moss

On the museum’s second floor an exhibition curated by artist Rauno Thomas Moss „Magic of Nature. Mystical Moments in Estonian Art“ is a contemplative and comprehensive glimpse of Estonian artists’ depicted vision of nature as a living creature, highlighting the mystical moments between the relations of nature and man. Through the artists’ creation these works acquire a sense of transcendence – an unspeakable higher and greater perception of power.

Works chosen for this exhibition can be seen as frames of a bigger magic of nature documentary through three different centuries (from 19th century untill the beginning of 21st century) in Estonian art. Inevitably it reflects social beliefs, ethical and aesthetical values, Estonians’ own understandings of their homeland and of themselves at present. It is a belief of magic in the earth which has shaped us all through ancestors who lived in the past and through their heritage which at the same time expresses our future hopes and fears.

At first sight it feels eclectic but at the same time it ruthlessly cuts into cultural layers and social norms. The exhibition is a tribute to the peculiar sense of nature that has remained in Estonian people and it is done in the hope that deep down we haven’t lost the perception of magic in ourselves.

The exhibition has been made as part of the „Artists in Collections“ project.

Magical moments in Estonian art have been percieved by Amandus Adamson, Jüri Arrak, Inga Aru, August Hagen, Anna Hõbemäe, Jaan Elken, Kreg A-Kristring, Kristiina Kaasik, Oskar Kallis, Epp-Maria Kokamägi, Woldemar Krüger, Kadri Metsik, Peeter Mudist, Konrad Mägi, Tiiu Pallo-Vaik, Aleksander Promet, Kaljo Põllu, Kristjan Raud, Lembit Saarts, Lembit Sarapuu, Ahti Seppet, Ülo Sooster, Imat Suumann, Balder Tomasberg, Jaan Toomik, Välko Tuul, Ado Vabbe, Aili Vint, Toomas Vint and Tõnis Vint. The works exhibited belong to Estonian Art Museum and Tartu Art Museum and to artists.