"Coats and Pipes. An Introduction to the Group of Estonian Artists"  08.07-03.10.2020

The first quarter of the 20th century witnessed the tumultuous birth of Estonian professional national culture: in literature and in visual arts, the first organisations were born, including Vikerla, Pallas, Noor-Eesti [Young Estonia] and the Group of Estonian Artists [Eesti Kunstnikkude Ryhm, GEA], which is the basis of the present exhibition.

The joint exhibition by the Valga Museum and Tartu Art Museum focuses on the paintings of GEA and the selection of works is based on the collections of the Tartu Art Museum.

The founders were Eduard Ole, Juhan Raudsepp, Jaan Vahtra and Friedrich Hist. Later, they were joined by Henrik Olvi, Märt Laarman, Arnold Akberg, Felix Randel, Edmond Arnold Blumenfeldt and Aleksander Krims-Radava.

GEA was the first avant-garde artist group in Estonia and, like its Western role models, emphasised modern art, or cubism and constructivism, as the only possible means of artistic expression. Everything else was considered reactionary. Even the members who changed their style were threatened with expulsion from the group.


Curator: Kristlyn Liier (Tartu Art Museum)

Graphic Design: Katrin Nõu

Exhibition team: Richard Adang, Nele Ambos, Tanel Asmer, Indrek Grigor, Joanna Hoffmann, Mare Joonsalu, Margus Joonsalu, Annegret Kriisa, Katrin Lõoke, Neeme Punder, Marju Rebane, Ilze Salnāja-Värv, Anti Saar, Peeter Talvistu, Ago Teedema


Supporter: Cultural Endowment of Estonia