The Folly, lake and trees all looked great in the winter sunshine with a crusting of snow and ice. The sheep and Heron didn't look so pleased as their food was difficult to get at.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The designer of the building is Pekka Vapaavuori, a Finnish architect, with construction taking place between 2003 and 2006.
The exhibitions are presented in chronological order starting from 18th century Estonian art (1st floor) to contemporary art (5th floor). They have permanent collections such as the Villu Jaanisoo' busts from 2006 and visiting Exhibitions including Andres Tolts' Landscape with Still Life inspired by the pop-art of the late 1960s. But mostly I enjoyed the architecture and people's interaction with it. I spent a full morning in the museum.
The Estonians are rightly proud of their Museum - here a quote from the brochure
Kumu’s role is to be both an educational and entertainment centre, a booster of art and artistic life, a place for reflection that carries a message of stability, a place that creates and provides experiences, and a creator and interpreter of meanings.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
On Friday, I visited Kadriorg Palace and Gardens - an extensive park full of interesting buildings, lakes, gardens and wildlife (their squirrels were a delight with the dark tails and ear tufts but light too poor to capture). Commissioned in 1718 by Peter the Great, the palace was the summer home for Peter I, Catherine I and their family. It houses the Kadriorg Art Museum and serves as the presidential palace. In Estonian, Kadriorg means 'Catherine's Valley. The light level was very low with intermittent rain so not the best images but here to remember the area.
Monday, December 11, 2017
The Patarei prison was originally built as a sea fortress in 1820. Over the years it has had different functions; in 1920, it became a prison. It housed inmates until 2004, and has been left virtually untouched since. It serves as a chilling reminder of the Soviet occupation of Estonia (1944 to 1991), when it was run by the KGB. Unfortunately from October 2016, Patarei fortress prison has been closed and therefore access to Patarei is no longer possible. If they do reopen it, I would like to return but here some infrared images on a grey day of the exterior and neighbouring works!
(I am now back in UK after an 'interesting' day of delays due to UK snow - will continue to post from the trip as and when time!)
Sunday, December 10, 2017
It started to snow on Wednesday just as the light was fading adding atmosphere to the Christmas Market and Freedom Square. The last image shows the Hotel Palace where I stayed - very comfortable and well placed for transport and the Old Town. (Leave for home today so the other two days' photos will have to wait till back in UK)