Tõnis Saadoja’s personal exhibition Etudes for Piano and Canvas

Coordinator: Hanna-Liis Kont

Tõnis Saadoja’s personal exhibition Etudes for Piano and Canvas will be open from June 19th in Tartmus. The aim of the exhibition is to introduce the local audience, as well as visitors to Tartu, to one of the most important and unique authors in Estonian contemporary painting.

Etudes for Piano and Canvas is a monochrome series of still-lives that portray close-ups of objects photographed on a black reflecting surface and seek a balance between the playful, literary and formal impulses of painting and photography. The reflecting surface of a black piano and the row of black and white keys have haunted Saadoja for some time as the potential starting point for variations of hundreds of grey tones in a figurative, narrative and metaphoric sense. He admits that he has always been motived by new and untested aesthetic quirks and solutions that often have their starting point in a specific style of photography. Their dialogue with the means of painting have given him a new experience.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue that contains an article about the background of the exhibited series of paintings, an interview with the artist as well as reproductions of the works. The catalogue has been compiled by Hanna-Liis Kont and Tõnis Saadoja, it is designed by Alari Orav, the photos are by Stanislav Stepashko, translation by Peeter Talvistu and proofreading by Mari Tuuling and Paul Emmet. The publication is both in Estonian and in English.

During the exhibition, summer city camps take place in the museum that welcome 7–13 year-old school children who will discover the exciting world of painting in the galleries and in workshops. Guided tours, open for everybody, will also take place. Additional information and registration at kristel@tartmus.ee.

Coordinator: Hanna-Liis Kont
Graphic design: AKU
Exhibition team: Karl Feigenbaum, Margus Joonsalu
Educational programme: Kristel Sibul
Assistant: Karin Sepp

Exhibit organizers would like to thank: Eero Epner, Jaanika Kuznetsova, Tiiu Parbus, Siim Saadoja

The exhibition is supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Hüva Rüübe LLC, de Tolly beer bar.