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Konrad Mägi - The Mystery of Painting

Hosted by the Consul of the Helsinki Museums and Exhibitions Group
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Sun 05 Dec 12:45 - 15:00

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The exhibition presents extensively the work of Konrad Mägi Protected content , a leader in Estonian modernism . The exhibition shows a significant part of Mägi's surviving painting production, a total of about Protected content . In addition to landscape works, the exhibition includes gems of Mägi's portrait art.
Mägi made his first paintings in Åland after studying in St. Petersburg before that. In Helsinki he studied for a while at the Ateneum. After this, the artist’s road took him to France, Norway, Germany, Italy and back to Estonia. Cosmopolitan Mägi included in his paintings what he saw, experienced and learned on his travels. He used different forms of expression freely and always painted nature in different ways in different places. As a bold color user, he stands out from many contemporary artists. As an original artist, Mägi is unparalleled in the history of European modernism, in which our time is also ready to invest the talents of peripheral areas. At the same time, our understanding of the art of the era is diversifying.
Nature was Mägi's main inspiration. It was a resource through which he explored the possibilities of painting, humanity, and the mystery of life hidden behind visible reality. Instead of reproducing the real world, what mattered to him was how to paint and express things that only painting could convey. The fascinating portraits also emphasize Mägi's attempt to create a primarily interesting painting of the model character.