Alexandre Vassiliev exhibition “Invitation to the Belle Epoque Ball”
“Invitation to the Belle Epoque Ball (1890 – 1914) from the collection of the Alexandre Vassiliev Foundation”
What could be more desirable and more romantic than an invitation to a ball? Especially when it comes to the ball of the Belle Epoque, where music and dance, the aroma of perfumes and the gleam of eyes, the rustle of taffeta and the flickering of glass beads, the haze of tulle and the intricate lace pattern merged together.
For the first time in Estonia, a large-scale exhibition dedicated to ballroom fashion of the late XIX – early XX centuries will open in Schloss Fall Castle in Keila-Joa. This period entered the history of culture under different names: in Germany and Latvia under the name “Jugendstil”, in Russia as “Modern”, in Italy as the style of “Liberty”, in Austria and Lithuania – as “Secession”, but in France and Belgium as “Art Nouveau”.
The fashion of this time was formed in Paris. They praised a woman with her thin wasp waist pulled into a corset, with her long mermaid hair and flowing languid movements. The fashion of this period preferred soft, pastel colors, often associated with the natural world – watery, airy, grassy and floral. In the haze of tulle and muslin, in the foam of lace and flowers of handmade embroidery, a unique image of a woman, with a curved stature and a waist with a volume of 52 cm tighten into a corset, was born.
All these nymphs and fairies of the fashion world, sometimes changed 6 times a day in dresses that required great skill not only in lacing the corset, but also in fastening all those countless and invisible to the male eye buttons and hooks that made the woman’s silhouette refined, like a drawing by Alphonse Mucha or a portrait by Gustav Klimt.
Fortunately for the contemporaries of that era, they did not experience a lack of free time. After all, most women still did not have the right to higher education, professional activity and were completely dependent on their spouse’s income, giving all the time to fashion, home and balls, which by the beginning of the 19th century had become not just a favorite pastime of these untouched by emancipation mermaids and furies, but an integral part of life of the high society.
Hundreds of designers and tailors around the world tried to cater to the discerning tastes of their aristocratic and beautiful clients with new creations in the field of this incredible genre of high fashion. Ball gowns will always cause delight and a reverent attitude, because they express and symbolize the dream of female happiness!
The exhibition “Invitation to the Belle Epoque Ball” includes more than fifty women’s dresses and men’s dress coats, hundreds of accessories – fans, bouquet holders, ball shoes and dance cards – the rarest exhibits from the collection of the Foundation of the famous fashion historian Alexandre Vassiliev, most of which are exhibited for the first time in Estonia. Dresses created by the famous European fashion houses of that historical era will show contemporary Estonian viewers magnificent fabrics, cuts, laces, embroideries and appliques.
Most of these ephemeral creations amaze the audience with their state of preservation, subtlety of handmade work and unforgettable color.
Many amazing accessories presented at the exhibition will delight the viewer with the finer details of handbags, hats and hat pins, buckles, ball dance cards, perfume bottles, fans and other now forgotten women’s trinkets that adorned life and delighted the eye. They clearly tell about the influence of the Art Nouveau style on the entire applied arts and fashion world of this period, which created so much beauty at the household level.
The exhibition space is illustrated with enlarged fashion photographs, painting portraits, furniture, and other artworks harmoniously combined with the clothes of that elegant and stylish, but irrevocably bygone period.
The exhibition is available 29.02-30.08.2020
Exhibition of Tauno Kangro’s Sculptures and Pastel Drawings “Dance Through Life”
Tauno Kangro was born on 25.05.1966 and started his art studies at Kalju Reitel Sculpture Studio. He graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts in sculpture (1993) and has been a member of the Estonian Artists’ Association since 1994.
His works can be found in many collections in Estonia, Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, USA, Switzerland, Luxenburg, Norway, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Russia, etc. His work has been exhibited in more than 70 solo exhibitions around the world, as well as in several joint exhibitions. The most famous of the numerous monumental sculptures is Tarvas (9 * 4 * 4.2 m, bronze, 2002); Suur Tõll and Piret got a good catch (7.5 * 3.8 * 2 m, bronze / dolomite, 2002); Kalevipoeg plowing (2 * 3 * 2m, bronze, 2006); Happy Chimney Sweeper (1.85, Bronze, 2010) and more.
Kangro says, “I am motivated to do something that is more valuable than my current presence in this world.”
ART EXHIBITION by Andrey Smolyak 07.09 – 30.11.2019
On September 7, an artexhibition by Andrey Smolyak, a well-known Belarusian artist who has gained international attention and recognition, will be opened at Keila-Joa Castle.
The world reflected in Smolyak’s works is intriguing, multifaceted, funny, scary, inspirational, peace-breaking and reassuring – the quintessence of life and the road map to human nature. The honesty of his canvases will amaze you, the ability to laugh in serious moments and be sad about the fun, it don’t leave you cold.
The artist’s work reflects his restless nature, his ability to find and capture eloquent moments, breathe fully in his chest, while not forgetting his life.
Smolyarkki should not be taken too seriously, because the subjects he portrays are anyway. Rather, you could experience a wonderful feeling with an artist if you realize that at some point love, understanding, human size is captured in such a peculiar but sincere way that you just want to stop and look.
The Andrey Smolyak Exhibition is an extraordinary event that every art enthusiast should attend. All the more because you wont find this kind of playfulness in any other Estonian artist works.
Andrey Smolyak was born in 1954 in Minsk. In 1980 he graduated from the Belarusian State Theatre and Art Institute (now the Belarusian Academy of Arts), the easel painting department. Since 1990 he has been a member of the Belarusian Artists Union. He took part in Republican exhibitions in Belarus and Abroad. Prize winner of the second Chagall International Open-Air Exhibition (Vitebsk, 1997). Honorary Academician of the European Academy of Arts (Paris, 1998). Awarded a silver medal of the European Parliament for his contribution to European art (Brussels, 1999). He has had 47 solo exhibitions.
ART EXHIBITION “Abstract Reality” 20.07 – 01.09.2019
Sergei Inkatov Art Exhibition “Abstract Reality”
The exhibition “Abstract Reality” by artist Sergei Inkatov contains works in which the artist invites us to view the world of abstract painting.
We live in a real world, full of different objects. Sergei’s works are dominated by another reality, it is abstract and difficult to understand. The artist transmits his feelings and emotions on the canvas, inviting the audience to feel and experience. Empathy with emotions caused by the beauty around us, the bright events and the love.
The abstract reality of Sergei Inkatov is very emotional, mysterious and attractive, generating thoughts, forcing him to look at its depth.
Sergey Inkatov has been able to blend different cultures as a mature painter. The rich and strong color creates its own unique style. The main direction in Inkatov’s work is abstract compositions with an expressive approach.
Sergei Inkatov’s paintings have been on many solo exhibitions in the Baltic, North, Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain, and most recently in the US and Russia. He has also participated in famous Art events, including the Beijing Art Expo and the New York Art Expo. He is also a laureate of several previous international and Estonian competitions.
“Hunting and horse racing” by Aleksandr Vassilijev foundation
Hunting was the main activity of man since he left the cave, but the fashion for hunting costumes was born much later, when in the Middle Ages, hunting became the favorite entertainment of the Western European aristocracy. The costumes of huntsmen, foresters, hunters, ladies’ saddles, women’s long dresses for riding, called “Amazons”, specially created for this, inspired the court couturiers.
Colors close to woods, leather and fur trim made these costumes attractive not only for painters, but also for collectors. The collection of the Alexander Vassiliev’s Foundation contains many items on the subject of the influence of hunting on the development of fashion. These are things decorated with feathers of forest birds, wood trim, furry edges, leather belts and bags.
The horse racing was considered to be another important entertainment of the old Europe, which in ancient times was popular among the pharaohs, the kings of ancient Greece and the emperors of ancient Rome. But a bright fashion for horse racing nevertheless came from France in the era of Napoleon III, when the hippodromes began to open one after the other in big French cities from Paris to Marseille, where the secular public was going out in spectacular dresses to amaze their fans and arouse envy among competitors.
Large crinolines, corsets, hats, umbrellas, binoculars and gloves are essential attributes of all professionally organized horse races. Secular photographers traveled with their cameras to the famous Derby races in England, in Chantilly and Longchamp near Paris, to capture women in breathtaking toilets, hats — one larger than another, in dresses from the latest Parisian fashion designers, with frilly accessories, original umbrellas, reticules and clutches… The world of horse racing gradually faded away by the middle of the XXth century, and the tradition stayed preserved only in Great Britain. But jumps in the 21st century no longer have any influence on the world of fashion. But horse racing in the XXIst century has no longer any influence on the fashion world.
An entire exhibition dedicated to the horse racing was organized by the Alexandre Vassiliev Foundation at the Fashion Museum in the Borély Castle near Marseille in 2014. The new exhibition, which opened in the Fall castle, will tell visitors about the horse’s role in human life, namely, in two major aristocratic forms of entertainment, such as hunting and horse racing, thanks to the unique exhibits from the collection of the Alexandre Vassiliev Foundation.
St. Peterburg artist Khachatur Bely art exhibition “The pleasure of diversity”
Treasures of the world of art at Keila-Joa castle Schloss Fall.
Khachatur Bely Was born in 1958, Oktemberyan, Armenia. The first teacher – Hamlet Udumyan Studied at Armen Atayan and Heinrich Nerkararyan 1976-78 Department of Ceramics, Art College, Yerevan, Armenia. 1986-90 Department of Design, State Art and Craft Academy (the Mukhina Academy), St. Petersburg. Lives and work in St. Petersburg. Since 1984 took part in underground exhibitions (Union of experimental fine art) And since 1992 is a member of russian and international exhibitions. Since 1997 member of “Free Cultural Assosiation” St. Petersburg. Since 2000 member of the Artist Union (St. Petersburg Department)
“Impresssions of Brazil” art exhibition by Nina Dobrovolska and Dmytro Dobrovolsky.
Exhibition is dedicated to the Independence Day of the Federal Republic of Brazil.
Bruno Bruni and Eduardo Arroyo exhibition “Hand in Hand”
The exhibition ” Hand in Hand” combines the oeuvre of artist colleagues and friends Bruno Bruni and Eduardo Arroyo, who worked together to create collage works on paper after the Surrealist exquisite corpse method. These are wonderful works that provide space for each artist and their own personal signature. At the same time, the different approaches interact with one another in an exhilarating dialogue. A variety of style elements converge in this encounter, illustrating the relationship between humans, animals and nature in a series of drawings and vibrantly coloured collages.
Bruno Bruni 1935 born in Gradara bei Pesaro, Italy 1952 – 1959 studies at the Art Institute F. Mengaroni, Pesaro 1960 / 61 lives as a painter and works as a dishwasher 1961 – 1966 scholarship at the University of the Arts in Hamburg with Georg Gresko 1967 Lichtwark Prize, with Otto Dix and Edgar Augustin 1977 Senefelder International Prize for lithographs since 1959 numerous international solo exhibitions lives and works t in Hamburg, Hannover and Pesaro.
Eduardo Arroyo is a multi-talent; not just a painter, but also an author and stage designer. Arroyo views himself as a European citizen, and draws from art history for his work. However, literature, the worlds of comics, boxing and his own ideas – the man in a hat, the chimney-sweep, shoes, figures in silhouette, and featureless faces – provide him with an extensive repertoire for his flat, stylish pictures, which in addition to a certain absurd humour also contain a serious profundity and an enigmatic dimension.
Georgy Shiskini art exhibition “Russian Dreams”
Aleksandr Vassilijev exhibition „Wedding fashion through ages“
Many different clothes, accessories and historic photos from a famous European fashion history collector Aleksandr Vassiljevi collection. In the exhibition at Keila-Joa cassle there are displayed 50 wedding costumes and 200 accessories (1958 collection). The exhibition will introduce the change of wedding fashion over time. From 1840 to nowadays.
Aleksander Pilar von Pilchau (1912-1989) art exhibition.
Watercolor paintings from 1946-1989.
Eduard Zentsik art exhibition “Touch of beauty”
This exhibition contains of 50 paintings from the last couple of years by Eduard Zentsik. Each picture talks about the mysteries and the ancient symbols. This is an attempt to understand the meanings of the world and life. The author tries to open the nature of love by sharing it with others through his creation. The mission of the pictures is to lay windows between us, and world of fantasy, using a timeless fashion of feminine beauty, as a connecting and transitory motive. The show is a kind of ode on it. In today’s prestigious world, viewers can take time for a moment and forget themselves as if they were touching the world of peace outside the temporal space with a delicate blessing of pure beauty. The exhibition “The Touch of Beauty” consists of several parts. In the moment, one part of it is for viewing at the Päätalo Institut Gallery of North-Finland Literature and Cultural Centre in Taivalkoski, Lapland. The exhibition there is the second part of the bigger project what took place at the beginning of the year and was called “Eduard Zentsiku´s masterclass”, which one was born by the students and the artist cooperation at Illuka School. Thanks to the help of the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Tuglas´ Society those works from the master class had seen also in other Finnish cities. The exhibition “The Touch of Beauty” has based on the desire to exhibit it in our country and around the world, to introduce Estonia and contemporary Estonian art. The plans for the next year are a wider presentation of the exhibition abroad. Eduard Zentsik (1975) is a versatile creature: designer, painter, artist, photographer, and author of installations, performances and musical improvisations. Organizer of youth exhibitions and projects. He graduated at the Art Academy of Estonia (Arts in Graphic Design; 2004). He is a member of the Estonian Association of Artists. In 2012, Cultural Endowment awarded Eduard Zentsik the award of the Young Artist of the Year. He is also a member of the Photographers Union in Estonia and the member of the Russian Artists Union in Estonia. Since the second half of the 1990s, he has performed with more than sixty personal exhibitions at home and abroad. Numerous works are in private collections around the world. He has won numerous international photo and art competitions.
Oleg Auzer exhibition “The Silver Road of my Consciousness”
“Käsitöömeistrite Kool Silver Owl” exhibition “Past ages glow”.
“Käsitöömeistrite Kool Silver Owl” leader, BaltiKäsitöömeistrite Gildi disainer. Oksana Nebis – Balti Käsitöömeistrite Gildi disainer. Inga Kempa.