Monet2Klimt Exhibition

The multimedia exhibition “Monet2Kimt” was created in 2017 and has been shown in different countries thus received a lot of admiration among the public. Due to high interest from the public the exhibition is now in Tallinn where it is amongst main attractions of the city.

The exhibition “Monet2Kimt” consists of over 136 carefully chosen main works of Oscar-Claude Monet, Vincent Willem van Gogh and Gustav Klimt, putting an era of art history under the same roof. Those three geniuses, each on their own way, were pioneers in making postulates and direction of change towards the modern art.

Their vision and talent followed by controversy and non-acceptance of society at that time are our inspiration of believing that art is a free spirit land of imagination and through this digital seeing each of us will be having unique opportunity to:

• See the patterns and canvas layers of the impressionism of Monet
• Feel the Van Gogh’s post-impressionism colors and vision of art
• Understand the controversial Art Nouveau and symbolism of Klimt

All projected images convey the true color texture and patterns of original paintings allowing spectators to have insight of thinnest details of a single painting. It also gives an advantage to people to see many of paintings that are in private collections and have never been displayed in public. One cycle of the exhibition lasts 45 minutes and content is suitable for all age groups.

Oscar-Claude Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.

Monet’s ambition of documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. From 1883 Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property, and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years of his life. 

Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, landscapes and still lifes of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. He drew as a child but did not paint until his late twenties; he completed many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life. In just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, including 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints.

From 1879 he worked as a missionary in a mining region in Belgium, where he began to sketch people from the local community. In 1885 he painted The Potato Eaters, considered his first major work. His palette then consisted mainly of somber earth tones and showed no sign of the vivid coloration that distinguished his later paintings. In March 1886, he moved to Paris and discovered the French Impressionists. Later, he moved to the south of France and was influenced by the strong sunlight he found there. His paintings grew brighter in color, and he developed the unique and highly recognizable style that became fully realized during his stay in Arles in 1888.

After years of anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died aged 37 from a gunshot wound. The extent to which his mental health affected his painting has been widely debated by art historians.

Gustav Klimt (14 July 1862 – 6 February 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d’art. Klimt’s primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. Among the artists of the Vienna Secession, Klimt was the most influenced by Japanese art and its methods.

Early in his artistic career, he was a successful painter of architectural decorations in a conventional manner. As he developed a more personal style, his work was the subject of controversy that culminated when the paintings he completed around 1900 for the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna were criticized as pornographic. He subsequently accepted no more public commissions but achieved a new success with the paintings of his “golden phase,” many of which include gold leaf.