This May I found myself in Kumu Art Museum checking a very interesting exhibition. There were gathered pictures of artists from Scandinavian and Baltic countries, as well as some French avangardists. Of the latter I have only heard about Le Corbusier.
As most of the artists were unfamiliar to me, I spent more time than usual peering into the pictures ad trying to form my opinion about them. Some of those were static and gloomy, some were bright and dynamic. Some pictures I passed without giving them a second glance: I guess they just seemed outdated and rather dull. A few pictures made me hang up in front of them looking and “reading” the meaning.
In general, abstract art is not one of those things that make my heart go faster. Might be, the reason is that composition plays major role here, and I have always had problems with it during my studies. Not because I was bad at it, but because I could never work out how good I actually was, and if I was, what was the meaning of that picture.
It often happens that we don’t like the things we don’t understand. That’s why on that exhibition I mostly paid attention to the colours used in a given picture.
Of course, I primarily looked at the works of Estonian artists, and there was little new to offer. I often visit Kumu Museum, so many things there I already know by heart. For instance, I decided upon which artists leave me untouched and which tickle my fancy, for example, Jaan Siirak and Eduard Arnold Blumenfeld. By the way, everyone who has ever accompanied me to Kumu took notice of Jaan Siirak’s „View of Paris“ (http://digikogu.ekm.ee/eng/fpage/search/oid-5697/?searchtype=simple&searchtext=Jaan%20Siirak&offset=1).
All in all, it was one of the best KUMU exhibitions. There were enough pictures gathered, so that people didn’t leave the exhibition in 5 minutes’ time. There was a lot to see. Plus, I am glad that the artist that didn’t become popular in the first part of XX century are now well-known and loved.
On the photos you can see phragments of works by Vytautas Kairiūkštis, Jēkabs Kazaks, Fernand Leger, Thorvald Hellesen.