An exhibition celebrating the work of prominent Estonian architect Vilen Künnapu opened last week at Tallinn’s Museum of Estonian Architecture.
Rather than provide a retrospective on Künnapu, Vilen Künnapu. Art, Architecture, Revolution aims to examine the synthesis of various influences in his work, including his alleged spiritual awakening in the early 2000s, and compare Künnapu’s earlier and more recent projects.
While the exhibit catalogues architectural projects, the emphasis is not on architecture but rather on Künnapu’s drawings, collages and paintings. Visitors to the exhibition are able to enjoy a selection of Künnapu’s paintings and artworks, completed in recent years after he developed a passion for painting around a decade ago. These artworks enable the viewer to consider Künnapu’s metamorphosis into an artist and understand the change in his recent architectural projects.
In addition, an installation entitled Red Stupa occupies the centre of the space, while the exhibition also features The Silent Revolution, a short film by Jürgen-Kristoffer Korstnik.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book of the same title, published by the museum.
Vilen Künnapu (b. 30 June 1948) is one of Estonia’s most prominent contemporary architects and is particularly notable for his crucial role in the introduction of postmodernist architecture to Estonia during the 1970s.
Vilen Künnapu. Art, Architecture, Revolution opened on 29 January and will run until 17 April 2016 at the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn.