Gallery: Kumu exhibition showcases three Baltic female artists' works

Kumu Art Gallery's latest exhibition: Unframed: Leis, Tabaka, Rožanskaitė
Kumu Art Gallery's latest exhibition: Unframed: Leis, Tabaka, Rožanskaitė Source: Ken Mürk/ERR

Artworks by three Baltic female artists will be on display at Tallinn's Kumu Art Museum until February 2024.

"Unframed: Leis, Tabaka, Rožanskaite" focuses on the works of Malle Leis (1940–2017), Maija Tabaka (1939) and Marija Terese Rožanskaitė (1933–2007) from the late Soviet era of the 1970s and 1980s.

All three artists challenged contemporary art discourses through non-conventional approaches to self-representation, ways of creating space and reflections on being artists, the museum said in a press release.

"Leis, Tabaka and Rožanskaite were all exceptional artists in Soviet-occupied Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The education they got from art institutes in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius in the 1950s and 1960s was similar in terms of its ideological and aesthetic principles, but soon they all moved beyond those principles: not necessarily by directly opposing their current art discourses, but by navigating them in ways that shifted and blurred the meanings of seemingly straightforward motifs and gestures," it says.

The exhibition closes on Feburary 25, 2024.


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