Sunday, September 03, 2006

Art and condolences. KUMU, Tallinn.

Sometimes it is hard to put into words the helphul condolences for a friend who is going through agonising times right now. Let me just say I hope things will get clearer and better soon. (Needless to say, there are friends if you need us. And even when you think you don't.)

Art, especially paintings and music, makes me feel comfortable and clear-minded. I would like to recommend those, if you think it could be helpful to get other things, but not necessarily calming, things into your mind. One of the best places where you can enjoy the 20th and 21st century art, is Eesti Kunstmuuseum KUMU, Art Museum of Estonia.

Not all art is serene and beautiful: Taking a deeper look into history can be painful, if history in full of oppression and deportations. War. Violations of human rights. Genocide. Understanding this, it was not so surprising for me to see on elderly man cry when he was looking at

photos of mass deportations carried out by the Soviets (Red Army and KGB) in the 1940's. One of the biggest acts against humanity was Operation Priboi (check this out: Every third of the deportees was a child.

Some of these Soviet style paintings look ugly, or ridiculous. But listen, everybody, go and visit KUMU! The museum as a whole is wonderful. The outskirt are most beautiful; Kadriorg park, little hill, and the ceiling of the gound floor exhibition hall is under the lawn, really!

The web pages of Kumu here:

And there is much more to see than just the Soviet stuff. Something to make you feel better, or even to make you laugh, I hope. War

As for music, what could I recommend?

Anssi Tikanmäki. I have just been thinking about bying tickets for his concert (with Trio Töykeät), in Savoy Theatre 24 Sept.

Let's go and enjoy that.

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