Museum of Estonian History Press Release

The year celebrating the 100th anniversary of Estonian film begins with the opening of Eesti Joonisfilm Studio’s jubilee exhibition at Maarjamäe.

The Film Museum of the Museum of Estonian History will open the exhibition Studies in Mankind and Lines since 1971 put together by Eesti Joonisfilm Studio in Maarjamäe Castle on 4 January 2012 at 4 pm. The beginning of the jubilee year of Estonian film will also be declared at the opening of this exhibition that celebrates the 40th anniversary of Eesti Joonisfilm Studio.

Cartoon animation begins with lines drawn by pencil, the expressiveness of the characters depends on the nature of the line, and this in turn determines the expressiveness of the entire film. An average of 30 000 drawings are made for a ten-minute film, and only a fraction of these drawings are preserved in the Eesti Joonisfilm Studio archives. These are finely crafted drawings. Moving film is forgotten when viewing these drawings and the static charm of these sheets emerges. The logic of research requires that the drawings be grouped thematically. Thus we see how men, women, children, animals, people, relationships and more have been depicted though the years. The core of former and current artists is represented by separate examples of style – Rein Raamat, Avo Paistik, Priit and Olga Pärn, Heiki Ernits, Janno Põldma, Priit Tender, Ülo Pikkov and Kaspar Jancis.

In order to familiarise oneself with the end result of drawings studying people and lines, a film programme consisting of the creative work of Estonian animators can be watched at the exhibition. Valter Uusberg put together and Erkki Vaader designed the exhibition Studies in Mankind and Lines since 1971. The exhibition will remain open at Maarjamäe Castle until March of 2012.

The Film Museum of the Museum of Estonian History is celebrating the jubilee year of Estonian film with a major exhibition. On the sixth birthday of the Film Museum on 4 October 2012, we will open the exhibition Here we are! Estonian Film 100 at Maarjamäe Castle to introduce the history of Estonian film.

The Film Museum of the Museum of Estonian History was established in 2006 and it is a museum that is in the process of developing. It has costumes, props, photographs associated with the history of Estonian film, scripts, documents, keepsakes, publications and cinema equipment; the largest amount of material is associated with the legendary film studio Tallinnfilm Studio. In addition to collection and preservation, we introduce the art of Estonian film through various exhibitions and events.

Museum of Estonian History
Maarjamäe Castle
Pirita Road 56
10127 Tallinn
Buses 1A, 5, 8, 34A and 38 stop at the museum at the Maarjamägi bus stop

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