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Ülo Sooster’s only act of infidelity

Tõnis Tatar (1-2/2011)

Tõnis Tatar gives an overview of the story of finding the graduation work of Ülo Sooster, the top Estonian avant-garde artist.
 
At the beginning of January, Estonian newspapers and TV channels announced that some paintings, which had been considered lost for over fifty years, had been discovered in the now demolished old building of the Estonian Academy of Arts. Although the staff of the Academy were busy moving the massive ‘cultural layer’ out of the building on Tartu Road during the entire semester before the demolition works started, one roll of canvas owes its survival to two people: Solveig Jahnke, the Head of Public Relations, and Gregor Taul, a master student in art history, who decided to take one more look around the ghostly university building. In the former room of the methodological fund of the Painting Department, storing student work with the aim of offering exemplary material for students, Taul discovered a dusty canvas roll that contained – among unknown (predominantly Russian) names and unsigned works – a painting signed by Enn Põldroos. The paintings were taken to the Academy’s Department of Restoration where they were restored by students under the guidance of Hilkka Hiiop, the head of the conservation studio. Thanks to Taul’s post in the Artishok art blog, it was also possible to identify a few more of the works, including Ülo Sooster’s graduation painting Asphalting Tartu Street (1949). Among the 21 paintings discovered, the works by Põldroos and Sooster were the most remarkable.
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