'My End Is My Beginning. And My Beginning Is My End' by Jaan Toomik, at MMOMA, Moscow

February 12, 2019
Author Echo Gone Wrong

Jan Toomin
Jaan Toomik
My End Is My Beginning. And My Beginning Is My End
Curator – Viktor Misiano
13 February – 24 March 2019
Gogolevsky blvd 10, Moscow
Artist talk on Wednesday, 13th of February at 19.00
Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents the extensive solo project of an Estonian artist Jaan Toomik ’My End Is My Beginning. And My Beginning Is My End’ curated by Viktor Misiano. The title of the present exhibition alludes to the lines of a rondeau by a 14th century French poet and composer Guillaume de Machaux constructed on the reproduction of a tune — note by note — in reverse order. Toomik himself is a protagonist of many of his artworks, which for the most part are persistently structured on the motif of repetition. The idea of a cyclical nature of life, the interrelation of life and death are the key motifs of Toomik’s art.
The exhibition at 10, Gogolevsky boulevard will feature paintings, sculpture, short films and video art created over the last 20 years. Toomik is the most acclaimed Estonian artist on the international art scene. He is a painter, video artist, conceptual installationist, director of short films and action artist. According to the curator, that is the reason the works are structured not in the chronological order but based on a unique scenography, in contrast and dialogue with each other, thus revealing the way the artist’s key themes and motifs are translated in different art forms: video, performance, painting and sculpture.
With the support of Jaan Lepp, Cultural Endowment of Estonia and  Estonian Embassy in Moscow. Artworks from collections of Art Museum of Estonia, Tartu Art Museum, Indrek Kasela, Indek and Maarja Neivelt and Margus Punab