23 Nov 2021

Maire Männik. An Estonian legend in Paris

Juta Kivimäe
Paris, France
The École des modernités At the Institut Giacometti

Maire-Helve Männik (1922-2003), although forgotten until recently by art history, is one of the most important post-war Estonian sculptors. Her stay in Paris was decisive. In 1952, she met Ossip Zadkine and studied with him from 1953 to 1956 at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Her unique work, combining natural motifs and abstract forms, was exhibited several times between 1950 and 1960 at the Salon de la Jeune Sculpture. Although her name became legendary in Estonia throughout the Soviet era, her work, which remained almost unknown, was fully revealed in 2019.

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Juta Kivimäe

Juta Kivimäe is an Estonian art historian. She is the director of the sculpture collection of the Estonian Art Museum. Her work focuses on the history of Estonian art in the first half of the twentieth century and in particular on modern Estonian sculpture. She has published several books in this field, including: The first Estonian women sculptors. Addenda to the fate the artists and their work [Les premières femmes sculptrices estoniennes. Addendum au sort des artistes et à leur oeuvre] (Tallinn, Musée d’art d’Estonie, 2014), Kujur. Jaak Soansi looming 1966-2016 [Kujur. Jaak Soans, Sculpteur 1966-2016], (Tallinn, Musée d’art d’Estonie, 2016), and Maire Männik. Eesti legend Pariisis [Maire Männik. Une légende estonienne à Paris], (Tallinn, Musée d’art d’Estonie, 2019).

23 November 2021 at 6:30pm

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Juta KIVIMÄE - Maire Männik. Une légende estonienne à Paris

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