Mireya Maso (Catalonia) ja Urmo Raus
January 19 - February 24, 2019
Due to their political
opposition after the Russian Revolution of
1905, Estonian artists exiled themselves to
Åland and Norway, and were fascinated by the
beauty of Scandinavian landscapes.
These exotic landscapes freed them from
their academic ties and brought a modern era
into Estonian art. Konrad Mägi's Norwegian
landscapes hold the same weight and
importance in Estonian art as do Cezanne’s
landscapes in French art.
Perhaps the most symbolic “Landscape in
Exile” in Estonian art history is “Lying
Tiger” by Eduard Wiiralt which was engraved
in the Paris zoological park in 1937 and
depicts an exotic tiger amidst nordic birch
trees. The graphic artwork in which the
prison cell of a zoo has been replaced with
birches of the artist’s homeland reflects
the controversy of freedom, imprisonment and
life in exile.
The exhibition “Exile in Landscapes”
includes the experience of exile and
landscapes of three different artist who
reside in Barcelona, Hague and Berlin. The
landscapes are depicted in varied levels of
abstraction. Some are more realistic, some
lived in Antarctica for one year with a
group of scientists. Her films reflect on
the experience of living on the symbolic
edge of the world.
The artwork of
Catalonian born, Berlin-based artist
Marta Marce, who studied in London, can
be described as playful, emotional and in
search of a certain pure creativity. One of
Marce's work series displayed in Pärnu,
entitled “Tabula Rasa”, is inspired by the
music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt who
also spent many years exiled in Berlin. This
particular series of paintings, accomplished
in 2018, is perhaps one the most meditative
among Marcé's work.
The paintings of
Urmo Raus, inspired by culturally
significant landscapes, are contemplations
on landscapes that have served both as a
refuge and source of inspiration.
Mont-Sainte Victoire, the dunes of Hague and
Estonian bog islands are all part of the
series of paintings created in 2017-2018.
Urmo Raus also acts as a link between the
three artists: besides being influenced by
the art world hotspot, living in Paris gave
him inspiration in the sense of colour and
material of the Catalan artists.
Exhibition is supported by: Estonian
Cultural Endowment, City Council of Pärnu