Monument for Konrad Mägi planned for Tartu Town Hall Square

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The Konrad Mägi Studio building in Tartu Town Hall Square. Source: Lilian Lukka

Tartu city government has announced a contest for a memorial monument for painter Konrad Mägi (1878–1925). The monument will stand in front of a studio named after the artist on Town Hall Square, the last place Mägi lived.

"Creative approaches are expected from participants which express the heritage of the modernist artist," said Tartu mayor Urmas Klaas. "We are looking for the most suitable solution to capture his heritage in cooperation with the Konrad Mägi Foundation, the Estonian Sculptors' Union, the Pallas University of Applied Sciences and representatives of the Tartu Art Museum."

Konrad Mägi Foundation chairman Enn Kunila said the monument is supposed to not only represent the man, but painting and its value in general. "Paint was the most important part of Konrad Mägi's paintings and searching for special spiritual experiences through that. We hope this monument can bring out the specificity of Mägi's art," he said.

The city of Tartu has operated a studio in the artist's name for decades and the building underwent extensive renovations last year. The monument will stand in front of the same building at Raekoja plats 8.

Ideas can be submitted to the Tartu City Government's architecture and construction department on Küüni tänav 5, 51004, Tartu (keyword "Konrad Mägi").

The best entries will be awarded as follows: first place - €7,000, second place - €4,000, third place - €3,000.

The panel of judges in charge of the idea contest consists of city architect Tõnis Arjus, Enn Kunila, Pallas Art College sculpture department head Anne Rudanovski, Estonian Sculptors' Union member and sculptor Jana Huul and Tartu Art Museum director Joanna Hoffmann.

Konrad Mägi's "Norwegian Landscape" (1909). Source: Art Museum of Estonia

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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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