On 15 May, the group exhibition Untamed opens in the Tartu Art Museum.
The 1990s introduced the liberation of social life and a free-market economy, and both had a huge influence on Estonian culture. Artists challenged the norms of aesthetic expression and tested the limits of art. While in Estonia the 1990s were a time of youthful bravado, energy and new opportunities, in the 2000s the dashing ferocity of the previous decade started fading and most of the art life became more professional.
The exhibition doesn’t attempt to offer an overview of all of Estonian art in the 1990s but focuses on certain artists and presents viewers with works from the collections of the Tartu Art Museum and the Art Museum of Estonia that have been neglected in recent decades. A yearning for tenacious and unrefined art prompted the curators to find additional artists whose works are still untamed in one way or another.
Artists: Toomas Altnurme, Mila Balti, Janno Bergmann, Albert Gulk, Andrus Joonas, Mari Kartau, Erki Kasemets, Toomas Kuusing, Tarrvi Laamannn, Marianne Männi, Sorge, Priit Pajos, Remo Randver, Tanel Saar, Tommy and Laurentsius, Ville-Karel Viirelaid, Kaarel Vulla and Jasper Zoova
Curators: Kristel Sibul and Kristlyn Liier
Designer: Andrus Joonas
Graphic design: Marko Kekišev and Taavi Oolberg
Exhibition team: Richard Adang, Nele Ambos, Tanel Asmer, Indrek Grigor, Joanna Hoffmann, Mare Joonsalu, Margus Joonsalu, Jaanika Kuznetsova, Kadri Mägi, Julia Polujanenkova, Anti Saar, Peeter Talvistu, Kristo Tamm, Ago Teedema and Urmo Teekivi
Works from the Art Museum of Estonia, the Tartu Art Museum and the artists
Thanks: Cultural Endowment of Estonia
“Untamed” exhibition booklet
Photographer Hedi Jaansoo