An Exhibition “Cultural Portraits” Will Open at UT Library


On Tuesday, 7 November, the portrait exhibition of Konrad Mägi Atelier artists will be opened on the third floor of the University of Tartu Library. The exhibition shows 55 portraits, depicting cultural figures related with Tartu. 

“This exhibition draws together works of the artists who studied at the Konrad Mägi Atelier in its first years and of those who are at present gaining skills and experience at the atelier,” said Tea Lemberpuu, one of the curators of the exhibition. “To study painting, and at the same time to observe the person portrayed is rather a tough task for a beginner.”   

Painting portraits is a challenge for every artist. “Besides it having to be a good picture, the character of the model should also be recognisable,” explained Lemberpuu. “We hope that people will recognise the persons on the portraits and also discover some nuances captured by the artists.”

27 exciting persons were portrayed for the exhibition, among them, for example, Tõnis Mägi, Merle Jääger, Indrek Hirv, Urmas Vadi, Marju Lepajõe. The portraits were made by about 20 painters in the years 2016-2018. Some portraits that were not made by the members of the Konrad Mägi Atelier, but go with the theme and contribute to the exposition are included as well.

The painting of portraits of cultural figures was supported, in cooperation, by the Konrad Mägi Atelier Society and the Tartu City Government.  The exhibition is organised by Tea Lemberpuu and Margus Meinart.

The exhibition “Cultural portraits” will be open on the third floor of the Library until 7 December.


Additional information:
Tea Lemberpuu
Curator of the exhibition

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