Today, the exhibition Painting in Normandy opens in wing B on the third floor of the Kumu Art Museum, and will bring to Estonian museum-goers 60 paintings from artists whose life and work have been closely linked to the Normandy region
Alain Tapié, chief curator of the Museum of
Fine Arts of Lille, has put together a selection that includes the world-famous
artists Théodore Géricault, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Bo udin,
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Charles Daubigny, Johan Barthold Jongkind, Claude
Monet, Edouard Vuillard, Albert Marquet, Raoul Dufy and several wonderful
painters of Normandian origin. The exhibition has been compiled on the basis of
the collection created on the initiative of the Regional Council of Lower
Normandy area in France.
The state of Estonia will be represented at the opening of the exhibition by
the Minister of Culture, Laine Jänes. The exhibition will remain open until 10 January 2010.
Press photos can be found in the digital archives of the
Art Museum of Estonia at http://digikogu.ekm.ee/lisa/press/normandia
The exhibition is accompanied by the film
programme The Sources of Impressionism, showing the following
documentaries in the Kumu auditorium during the month of November: Gustave
Courbet, the Origin of His World (2007, director Romain Coupil), Dutch
Light (2004, directors Pieter-Rim de Kroon and Maarten de Kroon) and
Impressionnisme: les origines (1994, director Jean-Paul Fargier).
Normandy holds a significant position in the
history of modern art. In the beginning of the 19th century, the
region became a place of interest for artists whose work heralded the birth of
modern art – Impressionism and Fauvism. Normandy was the meeting point of the
best French landscape painters. Inspired by the local landscape, reflections of
light and shimmering air, the artists tried to express universal truths through
captivating, fleeting impressions. To create, one had to paint en plein air, to explore the
sparkles on the coastal waters and the hues of inland Normandy, the sea and the
sky. The artists searched for sources of creative inspiration from Trouville
and Dieppe, Ėtretat and Rouen, Le Havre and the banks of the Seine. In the
paintings carried out in these same locations and under the very eyes of the
observer – Impressionism is born.
display and organisation of the exhibition in Estonia was supported by the
Regional Council of Lower Normandy, the Embassy of the French Republic and
French Culture Centre in Tallinn, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of
Estonia, and the organisation Les Flux des Arts.
of the collection Painting in Normandy: Alain Tourret,
Vice-President of the Regional Council of Lower Normandy
Commissioner and director of the collection: Alain Tapié, chief curator
of the Museum of Fine Arts of Lille
The major sponsor of the exhibition is Swedbank.
After appearing in the Kumu Art Museum, the
exhibition will be displayed in the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga and
in the Belorussian National Gallery of Art in Minsk.
Curator of the exhibition in the Kumu Art
Museum: Tiina Abel
In connection with the exhibition Painting
in Normandy, a catalogue (by Alain Tapié, Ragne Nukk and Tiina Abel)
with texts in Estonian and English, and with reproductions of the works of art
displayed at the exhibition, will be published. The catalogue is designed by