Cold Look. Variations of Hyperrealism in Estonian Art

KUMU. Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn
Until 9 October 2016

Ando Keskküla, Landscape of Northern Estonia, 1974 © Art Museum of Estonia

The aim of the exhibition is to show the hybridity and versatility of the Estonian hyperrealism of the 1970s and 1980s. Hyperrealism – a art trend focused mainly on the contemporary Western lifestyle – had lively responses in the art of socialist East European countries, as well as in the Soviet Union. In an environment where the official doctrine favoured realism in art, the new trend caused something close to a conceptual short circuit. After years of fighting against the Western trends in art that avoided depicting reality, the Soviet art world now had to face paintings that were more realistic than ever before. The art historical overview is complemented with photo realist works from the 2000s.

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