Still Lifes on National Motifs

Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design
22 October 2022 – 4 April 2023

In this exhibition, I draw on materials from my personal collection and the vaults of Estonian museums to create 12 thematic compositions in which I examine the use of national patterns and motifs in Estonian applied art and prints from the 1930s to the 1950s. I am mainly interested in how national iconography is connected to power and how it has shaped Estonians’ self-image. For this exhibition, I created three new works, which explore the national-conservative art canon and offer possibilities of reappraising it from a present-day viewpoint.

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Photos by Mari Volens