The State Tretyakov Gallery in conjunction with the Art Museum of Estonia (Tallinn) opens in Moscow a major exhibition of Estonian art from the collections of both museums, as well as from private collections.
The project is organized within the framework of the cultural program “Republic of Estonia - 100”. The exhibition includes works created during the past century: along with works by masters of the Soviet period, the exhibition displays paintings, drawings, sculptures of key representatives of pre-war Estonian modernism and the work of 21st century Estonian artists. This is the first experience of cooperation between the leading museums of national visual arts of the two countries.
The collection of Estonian art in the Tretyakov Gallery is the largest in Russia. The beginning of its formation dates back to 1946, when for the Museum Fund of the USSR the state began to actively acquire the work of Estonian artists. The most significant replenishment of the collection took place in 1986 due to the merger of the two largest collections - the Tretyakov Gallery and the USSR State Picture Gallery, located in a newly constructed building on Krymsky Val - into a single museum complex. This exhibition is the first large-scale display of this collection. The combined works from the museum and private collections of both countries complement each other and enrich the understanding of the history of the development of national art.