At the heart of this exhibition is a lost tradition – ship portraits. Paintings of beloved ships were usually commissioned with pride by captains, ship owners or crew. This tradition was already established during the mid-18th century in Mediterranean port cities. Artists had to quickly produce technically precise artworks that met the client’s requirements, often working on the quayside. Due to working in ports ship-portrait painters are also known in Britain as ‘pierhead painters’.
The tradition of pierhead painting, came to Estonia by sea. Friedrich Tammik (ca 1879–1947) was one of the most prolific painters of ship portraits. The art collection of the Estonian Maritime Museum boasts more than 20 paintings by this former sailor with a mysterious life story. The paintings of Tammik can also be found in the collections of other memory institutions and in private collections.
The majority of the paintings were created between 1920 and 1940 and portray sailboats and steamships from both Estonia and abroad. The exhibition showcases a selection of works by the ship-portrait painter, Friedrich Tammik, sourced from the art collection of the Estonian Maritime Museum, the collection of the Hiiumaa Museum and from private collections.
Näituse meeskond / Exhibition team
Kuraator / Curator: Laura Jamsja
Projektijuht / Project Manager: Kadi Karine
Graafiline disain / Graphic design: Kärt Talvik (Fly Illustration OÜ)
Tõlked ja keeletoimetus / Translations and editing: Hille Saluäär, Toimetaja tõlkebüroo
Ehitus / Construction: Siltau Systems OÜ
Tehnilised lahendused / Technical solutions: Tõnis Veltman, Valter Vaht
Maalide paigaldus / Installation of paintings: Villu Plink
Trükk / Printing: OÜ Digitrükk
Turundus ja kommunikatsioon / Marketing and communication: Jaano-Martin Ots, Iris Tomson
Eriline tänu / Special thanks to: Jevgeni Pirsi, Enriko Talvistu, Peeter Talvistu, Jaanus Idla
Ruth Ristmägi, Andres Eero, Oksana Leontjeva, Sander Jürisson, Teele Saar, Feliks Gornischeff, Kadri Kuusk (SA Hiiumaa Muuseumid), Bruno Pao, Indrek Hinrikus (Tallinna Linnaarhiiv), Darja Jefimova (SA Eesti Kunstimuuseum), Rein Albri, Priit Lätti, Laura Maide, Roman Matkiewicz, Alar Truu, SA Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum Konserveerimis- ja digiteerimiskeskus Kanut, Raamiruum OÜ, Meeli-Heli Lepna, Urmas Dresen
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