"Olev Subbi. Landscapes from the End of Times"


Curator: Àngels Miralda
Participating artists: Olev Subbi, Larry Achiampong, María Dalberg, Nona Inescu, Ad Minoliti, Juana Subercaseaux, Nazim Ünal Yilmaz and Maya Watanabe
Tallinn Art Hall, 24.07–4.10.2020
From Friday, 24 July, the exhibition “Olev Subbi: Landscapes from the End of Times” will be open at Tallinn Art Hall, bringing the work of the Estonian classic, to date only viewed in the context of the history of Estonian art, into a wider dialogue in both time and space.
“This exhibition mainly focuses on the legacy of Olev Subbi (1930–2013) and is a tribute to the artist who belongs among the classics of Estonian painting. Despite the difficulties he experienced after the war, he built his philosophy of survival on constructive optimism and discovering beauty in everything around him. Subbi’s paintings are a window to parallel worlds that neither belong to the present nor the past or future, and where landscape becomes a place of hope, memory, remembrance and construction of the future,” writes the curator of the exhibition.

Alongside Subbi, Àngels Miralda, the curator of the exhibition and the compiler of the catalogue, has also invited younger artists born in the 1980s to take part in the exhibition. Their roots take us to the cultures of Iceland, Romania, Turkey, Africa and Latin America. Today, when the events occurring in the world affect everyone everywhere, they view their own identities also from the perspective of global citizens, bringing Olev Subbi’s legacy, to date only treated in the context of Estonian art history, into a broader dialogue both in time and space. By adding links to an endless chain of creation, as Subbi liked to say, the new generation of artists reimagines the current relationship of society and people with nature. The deepening ecological crisis, authoritarianism and renewed attempts at censorship make us recall Subbi’s attitudes at a time when freedom was not taken for granted.

Each generation re-evaluates the actions of its predecessors. So did Subbi, for whom the changed circumstances called for the preservation and appreciation of the local artistic heritage. The landscapes in his paintings seem to affirm that there is no future without the past, and that the intersections of life, art and identity are indeed important.

Àngels Miralda (1990) is an independent curator based in Terrassa, Barcelona. She grew up travelling between Barcelona, Cambridge, Philadelphia and Princeton. Miralda has recently curated exhibitions at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga; GMK Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia; Zeller van Almsick Gallery, Vienna; Museu de Angra do Heroísmo, Azores; litost Gallery, Prague; and the Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chile. She has contributed to catalogues published by the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Patricia Ready Gallery in Santiago, Jerwood Foundation in London and the Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, among others.

The curator of the exhibition and Tallinn Art Hall would like to thank the following private persons and institutions: Enn Kunila, Maris Kunila, Ilona Leib, Eero Epner, Suusi Soluna, Heinz Valk, Kersti Tiik, Mondriaan Fonds, Nordic Culture Point. Mobility Funding, Muggur, Letterstedska fonden, ARC Bucharest, Molten Capital Artist Residency, Art Museum of Estonia and Tartu Art Museum.

The Tallinn Art Hall Foundation is a contemporary art establishment that presents exhibitions in three galleries on the central square of Tallinn – at Tallinn Art Hall and nearby at Tallinn City Gallery and the Art Hall Gallery. 
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