Exhibition 'The Anatomy of Estonian Art Jewellery 1953-2019' at the Tartu Art Museum

2020 02 21 — 2020 05 24 at Tartu Art Museum
Author Echo Gone Wrong
Published in Events in Estonia

On Friday, 21 February at 6 pm exhibition “The Anatomy of Estonian Art Jewellery 1953-2019“ will be opened at the Tartu Art Museum.

Jewellery is one of the most wide-ranging areas of applied arts: despite the small size of most pieces of jewellery, they are intimately close to people. This exhibition highlights art jewellery as a means of individual self-expression that values people in diverse ways, offering them new visions and contexts, and it is based on experimentality in ideas, use of materials and the required skills.

Art jewellery conveys the characteristic elements of its time but can also transcend time. The displayed selection of objects from the 1950s to the present day looks at jewellery as an independent art form and the viewer can sense, explore, interpret and broaden all of jewellery’s possible meanings.

The emphasis on variety and transformations through time is the reason for the chronological structure of the exhibition. On display are the intricate skills of goldsmiths and the glamour of precious stones, the expressiveness and decorativeness of well-designed forms and the boundless ideas captured in their lavish and symbolic use of materials.

Besides jewellery itself, the exhibition also provides an overview of the professional context by revealing the educational and production backgrounds of the artists and explaining the main concepts and materials of jewellery: the factors that have shaped the history of Estonian jewellery.

Over 300 works from 86 authors are displayed. The selection is based mostly on the jewellery collection of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, with additional pieces from the Tartu Art Museum and the authors.

Ketli Tiitsar is an artist and curator who works at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design. She graduated as a jewellery artist from the Estonian Academy of Arts and has actively participated in and curated exhibitions since 1996.

The exhibition is a co-production of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design and the Tartu Art Museum.

The exhibition is open on the 2nd floor through 24 May.

Curator: Ketli Tiitsar
Co-ordinator: Kristlyn Liier
Exhibition design: Helen Oja, Raul Kalvo
Graphic design: Tuuli Aule
Editors: Hille Saluäär, Richard Adang
Translation: Peeter Talvistu

Exhibition teams:

ETDM: Kristi Paap, Kai Lobjakas, Toomas Übner, Helen Adamson, Kaire Rannik, Anne Raud, Ago Märjamaa, Ian Märjamaa, Paul Rannik

Tartmus: Nele Ambos, Tanel Asmer, Indrek Grigor, Joanna Hoffmann, Mare Joonsalu, Margus Joonsalu, Jaanika Kuznetsova, Katrin Lõoke, Kristel Sibul, Kristo Tamm, Ago Teedema

Thank you: Eve Margus-Villems, Piret Hirv, Liina Lõõbas, Claudia Lepik, Kristiin Elmat, Kristo Pachel, Kadri Mälk, Kärt Summatavet, Anna-Maria Saar, Marita Lumi, Mari Käbin, Kristiina Laurits, Tanel Veenre, Anneli Tammik, Eilve Manglus, Kertu Tuberg, Pilleriin Jürisoo, Kätrin Beljaev, Krista Lehari, Jaanika Pajuste, Sofia Hallik, Merle Kasonen, Hanna-Maria Vanaküla, Triin Kukk, Jaan Pärn

The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia