The book accompanies the exhibition of the same name at Kumu Art Museum (03.03.–11.06.2017) and is the third book from the “Addenda to Soviet-era art history” series. The series is accompanied by exhibitions in the B-wing of the fourth floor of the Kumu Art Museum that offer insight into Soviet-era Estonian art. Among other things, the focus lies on specific topics and phenomena that have received relatively little coverage in art historiography and deserve new approaches.
This book deals with art contacts between Moscow and Tallinn from the 1960s to the 1980s. It focusses on the most significant representatives of the Moscow–Tallinn art axis and the most innovative aspects of their art: the publishing of popular scientific material, which was quite a phenomenon in Soviet times, and the use of specific audio-visual solutions. The framework for the discourse is formed by the way the “visual turn” brought about by 20th-century photography, cinema, television and other new media is understood today. The interdisciplinary and quotation-rich language of imagery used by the Moscow–Tallinn circle of artists has been described as a system of conscious visual juxtapositions and searches.
For contributions to the exhibition and the book, the Kumu Art Museum is grateful to the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) and to Galina Metelitchenko, the curator of Yuri Sobolev’s archive. Good partners in this project have also been the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Central Cinema Museum, the Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, the Russian State University of the Humanities, the Zarya Centre for Contemporary Art, the Tartu Art Museum, the Museum of Estonian Architecture, the Estonian Theatre and Music Museum, and the Estonian National Library. The museum would also like to thank Tõnis and Eva Vint, Raul Meel, Tenno-Pent Sooster, Vladimir Tarasov, Mikhail Alshibaya, Victoria Mochalova, Ben Hellman and Igor Makarevich for making their parts of this valuable visual heritage available.
Edited by Elnara Taidre
Selection of reproductions by Anna Romanova
Texts by Anna Romanova and Eha Komissarov
Designed by Tuuli Aule
In Estonian, English and Russian, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
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