A new exhibition opened today at the Museum of Estonian Architecture displaying Estonian architectural drawings - a dying art form in the computer age.
The exhibition “Architect with Pencil and Brush” boasts both classics as well as previously unseen works, kultuur.err.ee reported.
Even though drawing and painting are still part of the curriculum for architects, these skills are rarely put to use today, as most of the work is done digitally. With the exhibition, Estonian architects take a bow to the elegant works created in the 20th century, rummaging the museum collections to display classics and exciting recent additions.
The works can be divided into two categories: classical pencil, Indian ink and watercolor drawings that also depict the surroundings of the building - urban space, nature, people and cars - created by giants of Estonian architecture like Alar Kotli, Valve Pormeister, Nikolai Kusmin and Uno Tölpus.
The second part comprises of art made by architects and works that verge into the realm art. This section is dominated by the so-called Tallinn School (Toomas Rein, Leonhard Lapin, Vilen Künnapu, Avo-Himm Looveer and others) that used various techniques to conceptualize architecture and considered drawing a vital skill for architects. A bridge to current Estonian architecture is created by Villem Tomiste and Paco Ulman who made works specifically for the exhibition.
Today, on Thursday, at 6 pm, architecture and design historian doctor Neil Bingham will give a lecture in English on 20th century architectural drawings at the Museum of Estonian Architecture.
A collection of postcards with a selection of works is also published. The exhibition is open until April 6.