The book accompanies the exhibition “Force majeure. The Destroyed and the Disappeared in Estonian Art” at Kumu Art Museum (04.03.2016–26.06.2016).
In addition to the visible side of Estonian art, there is another, hidden one. It consists of individual works of art that have been destroyed or lost over time, and of whole periods of artists’ lives which have not been examined in detail. The fate of lost artworks has largely been determined by the force majeure of randomness and historical events. The surrounding reality has become part of the story of these objects. In the best cases, information about the works of art has reached us via old reproductions; however, the “black-and-white” history of art deserves more than just the acknowledgement of their loss. Our familiarity with Estonian artists and their oeuvre should not be limited to only the parts that have survived through the haphazard winds of history. Gathering fragments of information about the twilight area brings to light new facts about the lives of artists, the conditions they lived in, personal relationships with works of art, the role of various institutions in the choice of what to preserve and, naturally, the works of art themselves.
Written by Liis Pählapuu
Designed by Liina Siib
In Estonian, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
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