Alot of Estonian art sites I encountered are in Estonian. surprise. surprise. There are some that have English translations. Here’s a few links:
balticsww.com: This seems to be the big master list of Estonian galleries and museums. It really surprises me how many museums and galleries do not have websites. oh well. All the sites they link to are mentioned below.
haus.ee: Best site for a taste of Estonian art and it’s in English.
Here you’ll get to see art work by:
LAURENTSIUS & A.D., VANO ALLSALU, SIIM-TANEL ANNUS, J
RI ARRAK, VLADIMIR BACIU, JAAN ELKEN, JAR
NA ILO, VIRGE J
EKALDA, KRISTIINA KAASIK, REIN KELPMAN, MATI K
TT, MALLE LEIS, ADO LILL, EDA L
HMUS, OLAV MARAN, J
RI MILDEBERG, MARKO M
ETAMM, MALL NUKKE, EVALD OKAS, ANNE PARMASTO, JUSS PIHO, MARI ROOSVALT, UNO ROOSVALT, TIINA TAMMETALU, VIVE TOLLI, ANDRES TOLTS, JAAN TOOMIK, MARIS TUULING,, VALERI VINOGRADOV, and TOOMAS VINT
Pardon the all-caps. I just copied and pasted the names from their list.
allee.ee: Here you can buy art from an Estonian gallery. The majority of the artists they feature acquired their art education at the end of 19th century and in the first half of 20th, mainly in the Stieglitz School of Arts of St. Petersburg, in the Pallas School of Arts in Tartu and in the State Intustrial Art School in Tallinn.
Very traditional work here.
Estonian paintings: all traditional paintings
price range:128 Euros (about $156) to 2179 Euros (about $2,664)
Estonian posters: WWII era posters
price range:29 Euros ($35) to 224 Euros ($273)
Estonian photographs: two photos from a gallery opening
Both are only 3 Euros ($3.66). I sent them an email asking how the payment process works.
Estonian Printmaking (they call it “Graphic Arts”): lots of portraits and landscape print
price range: 19 Euros ($23) to 1,410 Euros ($1,724)
Estonian drawings: almost all figural drawings, some historical drawings
price range: 42 Euros ($51) to 6,538 Euros ($7,994)
Estonian Water-colour: again, more landscapes and portraits
price range: 51 Euros ($62) to 1,231 Euros ($1,505)
Estonian videos: From what I make of this, they are biographies of Estonian artists
price range: 7 Euros ($8.55) to 10 Euros ($12.23).
all Euro to Dollar conversions are based on a 1:1.22270 ratio
Gallery Viviann Napp: contemporary art from Estonia and Eastern Europe (in English)
Here’s some photos of the art-going crowd in Estonia.
Here’s a unique book: Private Views: Spaces and Gender in Contemporary Art from Britain and Estonia
To give you a better flavor for the book, here’s the chapter titles:
INTRO shifting subjects – beyond the east/west divide
CHAPTER 1 state of play: an interview with mare tralla
CHAPTER 2 space, gender, art: redressing private views
CHAPTER 3 taming the phantom of feminism in estonia: equal rights and women’s issues
CHAPTER 4 reading british feminism, art and education
CHAPTER 5 revolting 90s in estonian art
CHAPTER 6 women, nationalism and citizenship in post-communism europe
CHAPTER 7 infallible universal happiness: media technology and creativity
You can buy the book now from Amazon (and it qualifies for free shipping!):
Kunstihoone: not much on their site. just a small taste. They claim to have English translation, but ti turns out to be a mix of Estonian and English.
Navitrolla: site of a self-represented artist. He has a funny little walrus mascot on his site. Those crazy Estonians. He also have three pet pirahas named: Kurt, Joackim, and Herbert.
143 oil paintings. No prices. Almost all are landscapes. The Estonians love their landscapes.
96 printmaking pieces. They call it “Graphics” or “Graafika”. Now these are interesting. Lots of crazy animals.
Linnamuuseum: Estonian Photography Museum: It is located in the old city prison and the photos from their site are quite creepy. Watch your step. (no english translation)
The Museum of Estonian Architecture (Eesti Arhitektuurimuusem): Not many photos here. Only photos to be found are of the museum’s exterior, gallery space, and storage. Though the their buidling is quite impressive. It is in the Rotermann
s Salt Storage. The Art Muesum of Estonia uses one of the floors for modern art exhibitions.
Art Museum of Estonia: Apparently is a combination of different exhibition spaces including:
The Knighthood House, Niguliste Museum-Concert Hall, Adamson-Eric Museum, Kristjan Raud Museum, Exhibition hall in Rotermann Salt Storage, Mikkel Museum, Kadriorg Palace – the Kadriorg Art Museum, SIKSAK
None of the links in the above paragraph provide much insight. Just simple listings of exhibition dates, phone numbers and such accompanied by a single photo which either shows the building, interior, or a single piece of artwork.
inyourpocket.com: nice set of links to Tallinn galleries and museums
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design: very nice collection of photos
sections include: jewelry and metal art, ceramics and porcelain, glass art, furniture, leather art, and textile art.
Draakoni Galerii: I was having problems getting their English section loaded. Their Estonian section loads. Be warned. This stuff is shock-value art.
Hobusepea: contemporary art with photos from past exhibitions.
Kllo: I don’t know what to make of this site.
nlib: Couldn’t get their site to load. I got a message saying, “esilhet” and banner saying “Get Firefox, The browser you can trust”. At least they like Firefox. That’s cool.