Notes on Space

100 one colour offset printed images in the book Konspekteeritud ruum. Tõnis Saadoja laemaal Teater NO99s.
Eesti monumentaalmaal 1879–2012 (2012)

93 duotone offset printed images in the book Notes on Space. Monumantal Painting in Estonia 1947–2012 (2017)
38 framed silver gelatin prints on aluminium composite, each 39 × 39 cm (2013)
30 billboard images in the public space of Kassel, Germany; curated by Eva-Maria Offermann & Jacob Birken (2017) 

Monumental painting location research: Gregor Taul
Texts in the books: Gregor Taul, Aliina Astrova, Eero Epner
Booklet essay for the exhibition at Kumu Art Museum: Daniel C Blight

Exhibition design at Kumu Art Museum: Tõnis Saadoja
Graphic design for books and exhibition at Kumu Art Museum: Indrek Sirkel 

Notes on Space is a series of photographs that gives an overview of art in public space in Estonia before the so-called one percent law came into force. It concentrates largely on the Soviet-era “synthesis of the arts” and the fate of the works in the working class lunch rooms, cultural houses and apartment buildings under capitalism. To give equal emphasis to the murals and the spaces that they inhabit, the series was photographed in black and white. The project was initiated after painter Tõnis Saadoja was comissioned to create a ceiling painting for Theater NO99 in Tallinn. In addition to documenting the making-of process of his new work, which was to be published as a book of photographs, a research project into the history of Estonian monumental painting was launched by art historian Gregor Taul. What was initially a side-project grew in size to become the most comprehensive overview of the history of monumental painting in Estonia. In addition to the book format, the work has also been presented as an exhibition of silver gelatin prints and as a billboard project in public space. For each presentation, the selection and display structure of the images has been altered in response to the institutional context of the exhibition site. 

Notes on Space. Photos by Paul Kuimet, exhibition view, Kumu Art Museum, 2013
Notes on Space. Photos by Paul Kuimet, exhibition view, Kumu Art Museum, 2013
Notes on Space. Photos by Paul Kuimet, exhibition view, Kumu Art Museum, 2013
Notes on Space. Photos by Paul Kuimet, exhibition view, Kumu Art Museum, 2013
Notes on Space. Photos by Paul Kuimet, exhibition view, Kumu Art Museum, 2013
Notes on Space. Photos by Paul Kuimet, exhibition view, Kumu Art Museum, 2013
Notes on Space. Photos by Paul Kuimet, exhibition view, Kumu Art Museum, 2013
Notes on Space. Photos by Paul Kuimet, exhibition view, Kumu Art Museum, 2013
Notes on Space. Photos by Paul Kuimet, exhibition view, Kumu Art Museum, 2013
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Notes on Space, display of 5 silver gelatin prints in the lobby of the Office of the President of Estonia, 2014–2016
Notes on Space, display of 5 silver gelatin prints in the lobby of the Office of the President of Estonia, 2014–2016
Notes on Space, display of 5 silver gelatin prints in the lobby of the Office of the President of Estonia, 2014–2016
Notes on Space, display of 5 silver gelatin prints in the lobby of the Office of the President of Estonia, 2014–2016
Notes on Space, a display of 11 silver gelatin prints in the Photographic Art Fair Estonia, 2015
Notes on Space, a display of 11 silver gelatin prints in the Photographic Art Fair Estonia, 2015
Notes on Space, a display of 11 silver gelatin prints in the Photographic Art Fair Estonia, 2015
Notes on Space, a display of 11 silver gelatin prints in the Photographic Art Fair Estonia, 2015
Notes on Space, a display of 11 silver gelatin prints in the Photographic Art Fair Estonia, 2015
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Notes on Space in Kassel, a display of 15 images on 30 billboards in the public space of Kassel, 2017
Notes on Space in Kassel, a display of 15 images on 30 billboards in the public space of Kassel, 2017
Notes on Space in Kassel, a display of 15 images on 30 billboards in the public space of Kassel, 2017
Notes on Space in Kassel, a display of 15 images on 30 billboards in the public space of Kassel, 2017
Notes on Space in Kassel, a display of 15 images on 30 billboards in the public space of Kassel, 2017
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Elmar Kits, Evald Okas, Richard Sagrits, 1947, Secco,
Estonian National Opera, Tallinn, Estonia pst 4
Valli Lember-Bogatkina, Margareta Fuks, Enn Põldroos, Oskar Raunam, 1965,
Paint poured into concrete panels, Apartment buildings, Tallinn, Akadeemia tee 4, 6 and 22
Eva Jänes, 1976, Fresco, Formerly the cafeteria of the Kalev Confectionery Factory,
now a furniture showroom, Tallinn, Pärnu mnt 139
Eva Jänes, 1977–1978, Sgraffito, Formerly the Tamsalu Poultry Factory and Põdrangu Sovkhoz,
currently an office building and warehouse, Tamsalu Municipality, Sääse
Artist unknown, 1980–1981 (destroyed in 2015), Fresco,
The hall of the Volta Factory Culture Club,
demolished in 2015, Tallinn, Tööstuse 47
Evgeniy Olenin and Eduard Pashover, 1982 (destroyed in 2013), Mosaic,
Formerly the administrative and housing block for the Kreenholm Textile Mill's old spinning plant,
demolished in 2013, Narva, Kreenholm Island
Ain Padrik and Aet Maasik, 1985, Mural painting, Formerly the central building of Raikküla Kolkhoz,
now library and office building, Raikküla Municipality, Raikküla Village
Heli Tuksam, 1985, Stained glass windows, Tallinn Book Printers, Tallinn, Laki 26
Design by Enn Põldroos, executed by Hilja Karri, Aino Stamm and Marika Hallangu,
Lives of People, 1985, Tapestry, Formerly the V.I. Lenin Palace of Culture and Sport,
currently known as Linnahall, out of use since 2009, Tallinn, Mere pst 20
Mari Kurismaa, 1990 (destroyed in 2014), Mural painting, Commercial and residential building, Tallinn, Tatari 4
Dolores Hoffmann, 1984–1996, Stained glass windows, Church of the Holy Spirit, Tallinn, Pühavaimu 2
Tõnis Saadoja, 2012, Charcoal, acrylic, sandpaper, Theatre NO99, Tallinn, Sakala 3
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