Visions From the North in Florence

Mari, Mihkel and Ain

On the 4th of March in Florence, the city of renaissance, opened a very exotic art exhibition for Italy, called “Visions From the North”. “The Visions From the North” represents Estonian paintings from Enn Kunila’s collection from 1910-1940. This exhibition took place in Museo Novecento (Museum of 20th century art) at Santa Maria Novella square in Florence. For the first time in Florence, Museo Novecento is hosting one of the largest private collections of contemporary northeastern European paintings.

Curated by art historian Eero Epner, the “Visions From the North” exhibition presents a selection of paintings from Enn Kunila’s collection, which traces the origins and developments of modernity in Estonia and depicts atmospheres, colours and landscapes by artists such as Ants Laikmaa, Elmar Kits, Villem Ormisson, Endel Kõks, Nikolai Triik and Herbert Lukk. Characterised by an intense chromatic experimentation, the works of these artists testify both the close connection with nature and the northern landscape with the desire to participate in the cultural life of the European capitals, revealing the influence of international art trends tied to post-Impressionist and Fauvist language.

Mari Poll had the honor to perform at the opening of this very important event for Estonian art, together with Mihkel Poll, the pianist and Ain Anger, Estonian opera bass. In the wonderful atmosphere in the heart of history of arts, Italian public enjoyed the performance of great Estonian, Italian and German composers. Before the concert, the exhibition was officially opened by the mayor of Florence Dario Nardella, and a very recognised Italian art critic Arnaldo Colasanti.

04.03.2017 in Florence