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Sirje Runge

Born: 19. august 1950. a. in Tallinn
E-mail: sirjerunge@hotmail.com

Education

1970–1975
Industrial Design. Graduated full course of the speciality of industrial art of the State Art Institute of ESSR (EAA).

Professional Career

2015–
Professor of Liberal Arts, Tallinn University School of Natural Sciences and Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School.

2008–2014
Professor of Liberal Arts, Tallinn University, Institute of Fine Arts, Department of Creative Arts Therapies and BFM.

2002–2008
Associate Professor in Estonian Academy of Arts.

2006–2007
Teacher in Tallinn University, Baltic Film and Media School.

1995–2001
Assistant professor in the faculty of composition, Estonian Academy of Arts.

since 1979
Member of Estonian Artists Union.

since 1975
Freelance artist.

1970–1975
Studies in State Art Institute of ESSR.

1970
First participation in all-republic art exhibition.

1968–1970
State Youth Theatre, artist-decoratior.

1968
Graduated Tallinn 21 Secondary School.

Languages

Estonian, Finnish, Russian, English.

Awards and Grants

2005
The Annual Grant of Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

2002
The Grant of the Ministry of Culture, Estonia.

2001
The Kristjan Raud Price, Estonia.

1996
The Konrad Mäe Annual Award, Estonia.

1983
Best Painting of the Year, Estonia.

Art Specialities

Member of The Estonian Artists' Association

Member of the Estonian Painters' Association.

Member of the jury of the Konrad Mägi Annual Award (2005)

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

22.08.2017–23.09.2017
Sirje Runge’s solo show Old Venus/Group show Young Venus. Haus Gallery.

2011
Great Love, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia.

2010
US Gallery, Tallinn.

2008
Estonian Bank Gallery , exhibition Pieces

2004
Raegalerii, exhibition Sir – 10 paintings, Estonia, Kuressaare.

2003
Museum of Estonian Architecture, exhibition Great Love.

2003
Tartu Art Museum, exhibition Sir, Estonia.

2001
Estonian Art Museum, Church Niguliste, exhibition Dance Macabre, Tallinn.

2000
Estonian Art Museum, exhibition Pure Choices, Estonia.

1998
Tallinn Art Hall, exhibition Silence, Estonia.

1997
Chaplin Centre, Pärnu, Estonia.

1997
Sammas Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.

1996
Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.

1995
Hanna Gallery, Stockbridge, USA.

1994
G Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.

1993
Catherine Négre Gallery, Paris, France.

1992
Luum Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.

1991
The Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.

1990
Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.

1990
Hannah Feldman Galerie, Bern, Switzerland.

1986
The State Art Museum of Estonia.

1984
Dragon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.

1981
Artists’ Association, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery (Salong), Estonia.

1980
Estonian Academy of Science, Tallinn, Estonia.

1976
Artists’ Association, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery (Salong), Estonia.

1973
Tartu State University, Estonia.

Selected Group Exhibitions

15.09.2018–04.11.2018
Abstraction as an Open Experiment. Tallinn Art Hall. Curated by Mari Laanemets.

14.10.2017–18.02.2018
Väri ja Muoto. Art from Vexi Salmi's collection. Häämenlinna Taidemuseo.

16.02.2016–31.12.2020
Conflicts and Adaptations. Estonian Art of the Soviet Era (1940—1991). Kumu Art Museum. Curated by Anu Allas.

22.10.16–26.03.17
Might and Pain. Works from Margus Punab’s Collection. Mikkel Museum. Curated by Peeter Laurits.

14.09.2016–12.10.2016
ABC of Avant-garde. Estonian Art of the 1960s and 1970s from the Collection of Margus Punab. Jakobi Gallery.

09.2015–07.2016
Sirje Runge’s solo show. The Estonian Embassy in London.

12.11.2015–01.2016
Estonian Art in the 1980s and 1990s. Community Center of Luunja. Curated by Mari Kartau.

28.05.2015–23.08.2015
The Space Around Me. Tartu Art Museum. Curated by Tiiu Talvistu.

02.2006–12.2015
Difficult choices. Estonian Art from the End of the Second World War Until Re-Independence. Kumu Art Museum. Curated by Eha Komissarov.

2015
Permanent exhibition. Zimmerli Art Museum. New Brunswick, USA.

15.11.2014–15.2.2015
Present Tense. Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden. Curated by Marianna Garin, Andres Kurg.

19.04.2014–04.06.2014
ABC of Avant-garde. Estonian Art of the 1960s and 1970s from the Collection of Margus Punab. The Kondas Centre of Naive Art. Curated by Gregor Taul.

2011-2012
Lithuanian National Gallery, Vilnius. Our Metamorphic Futures. Design, Technical. Aesthetics and Experimental Architecture in the Soviet Union, 1960–1980.

2011
Mystics and Moderns, Zimmerli Art Museum, USA.

2011
Abstract, Tallinn Art Hall.

2010
Gender Check, Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe Zacheta NationalGallery of Art, Poland.

2009
Popkunst Forever. KUMU Art Museum.

2009
Gender Check, Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe Museum Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien.

2008
Museum of Estonian Architecture, Environment, projects, concepts. Architects of the Tallinn School 1972-1985 catalogue -Hier Wäre das Leben Leicht.Art Laboratory Berlin.

2006
Tallinn – Russian Gallery, The State Tretyakov Gallery – 150, Estonia – Hobusepea Gallery, exhibition Corpus III, Tallinn, Estonia.

2003
Gallery of Estonian Art Academy, exhibition 312A at Home, Estonia.

2013
Art Line Gallery, exhibition Corpus, Tallinn, Estonia.

2013
Pommerhus Kunsthalle, exhibition Room 312A,Greifswald, Germany.

2013
Academics in Vilnius, Galerija Vilnius, Lithuania.

2002
Rakvere Regional Museum and Tallinn City Gallery, exhibition Ruum 312a, Estonia.

2002
Viru Centre, Gallery 008, exhibition “Ruum 312a on an alien territory”, Tallinn.

2001
Abstract Painting in the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, Zimmerli Art Museum, exhibition Realities and Utopias, USA.

2001
Art Hall of Toompea Castle, Tallinn, Estonia.

2001
City Gallery, exhibition Corpus, Tallinn, Estonia.

2001
Deco Gallery, exhibition Corpus in Spe, Tallinn, Estonia.

2000
Hyvinkää and Oulu Art Museums, exhibition Room 312A, Finland.

1999
L’Esprit nordique, Paris, France.

1998
An Exhibition of Estonian Art, Windows and Wiews, The Borschette Centre, Brussels.

1996
Tallinn-Moscow / Moscow-Tallinn 1956–1986, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia.

1996
Art of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 1945 – 1996, Personal Time, The Zaheta Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warcaw, Poland.

1995
Harku 1975–1995. The Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia.

1989
Konstnärer fran Estland, Stockholm, Konstfrämjandet, Sweden.

1989
Dialogue – Art Contemporain Soviétique, Paris, Centre Boris Vian, France.

1989
The New Soviet Avant-Garde, New York, International House Gallery, USA.

1988
10 Estonian Painters, Helsinki, Finland.

1988
Ars Estonica 88, Helsinki, Tampere, Finland.

1987
Estonian Painting, Warsaw, Krakow, Poland.

1987
Estonian Contemporary Art, Moscow, former USSR.

1986
Estonian Contemporary Painting, Venice, Italy.

1986
Estonian Contemporary Art, Minsk, Belarus.

1986
Estonian Contemporary Painting. Kiel, Germany.

1984
Exhibition of Balticum Paintings (III Triennale), Vilnius, Lithuania.

1982
Exhibition of Young Artists of Balticum. Vilnius, Lithuania.

1979
Last 10 Years in Estonian Painting, Tallinn, Estonia.

1979
Exhibition of Young Artists of Balticum, Vilnius, Lithuania.

1977
I Exhibition of Geometrical Art of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia.

1976
V International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Rijeka, the former Republic of Yugoslavia.

1975
II Exhibition of Vanguard Art of Estonia, Harku.

1975
International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Graz.

1975
II International Graphic Biennale in Vienna, Austria.

1974
IV International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Rijeka, former Republic of Yugoslavia.

1973
International Exhibition of Prize Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain.

1972
III International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Rijeka, former Republic of Yugoslavia.

1971
I Exhibition of Vanguard Art of Estonia, Tallinn.

Mentioning in Research Papers

Eesti kunsti ajalugu 6, II osa, 1940–1991. Kangilaski, Jaak (Toim); Helme, Eneken (Toim).; Kodres, Krista (Peatoim). Tallinn: Eesti Kunstiakadeemia, 2016.

Kurg, Andres. Feedback Environment: Rethinking Art and Design Practices in Tallinn During the Early 1970s. – Kunstiteaduslikke uurimusi. Studies on Art and Architecture (Journal indexed in Arts & Humanities Citation Index and Current Contents), vol. 20 (1–2), 2011, pp. 26–50.

Kurg, Andres. Fractured boundaries: The Representation of Homes in the Critical and Artistic Practices of the 1970s. – Home Cultures, vol. 9 (3), 2012, pp. 257–283.

Kurg, Andres. Tallinn in Technicolour. – AA Files, no 71, 2015, pp. 68–74.

Kurg, Andres. Three Takes on the Environment. Redefinitions of the City on the Intersections of Design and Art in Tallinn in the 1970s. Ieva Astahovska (ed.) Recuperating the Invisible Past. Riga: Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2012, pp. 86–103.

Laanemets, Mari Abstraction as an Open Experiment. In: Laanemets, Mari (Ed.). Abstraction as an Open Experiment. Dóra Maurer, Sirje Runge, Falke Pisano, Zofia Kulik, 2019, Tallinn: Lugemik.

Laanemets, Mari. Flight into Tomorrow: Rethinking Artistic Practice in Estonia during the 1970s (Leonhard Lapin). – Art Margins, 2013, 2 (2), 137−162.

Laanemets, Mari. Reconstructing Art and Architecture. Absorbing the Legacies of Constructivism in 1970s Soviet Estonia. Centropa. – A Journal of Central European Architecture and Related Arts, 2014, XIV (3), 282−297.

Tuulberg, Eda. Master's Thesis, (sup) Mari Laanemets, Sirje Runge maaliseeriate "Geomeetria" ja "Ruum" ning triptühhoni "Kolmnurk. Ruut. Ring" dissensuslik mõõde (Dissensuality of Sirje Runge's painting series “Geometry“ and “Space“ and triptych “Triangle. Square. Circle“), 2019, Estonian Academy of Arts, Faculty of Art and Culture, Institute of Art History and Visual Culture.

Academic Activities 2013—2020

Author's programm: Theory of Colours (Colourspace)
Tallinn University School of Natural Sciences and Health and Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School.

Author's Programm: Story of Image
Tallinn University School of Natural Sciences and Health and Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School.

Author's Programm: Colouring in Film
Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School.

Author's Programm: Story of Image and Colour
Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School.

Author's Programm: Free Painting
Tallinn University, Tallinn University School of Natural Sciences and Health.

Articles

Repliik Sirje Runge loomingu foonil. Hanno Soans. Postimees 24.10.2018 https://kultuur.postimees.ee/6437228/repliik-sirje-runge-loomingu-foonil

Abstraktsioon kui selgus. Rebeka Põldsam. Sirp 28.09.2018 https://www.sirp.ee/s1-artiklid/c6-kunst/abstraktsioon-kui-selgus/

Vana naine, kes armastab tabusid murda. Intervjuu Sirje Rungega. Helen Tammemäe. Müürileht 16.03.2018 https://www.muurileht.ee/vana-naine-kes-armastab-tabusid-murda-intervjuu-sirje-rungega/

Kaks Venust. Triinu Soikmets. Sirp 08.09.2017 https://www.sirp.ee/s1-artiklid/c6-kunst/kaks-venust/

Kunstnik elab ebamugavustsoonis. Intervjuu Sirje Rungega. Rebeka Põldsam, Kaarin Kivirähk. Müürileht. 31.03.2017 https://www.muurileht.ee/kunstnik-elab-ebamugavustsoonis-intervjuu-sirje-rungega/

Sirje Runge. Naine kes kõnnib noateral. Triinu Soikmets. Eesti Ekspress. 28.10.2015 Tähelaev. Sirje Runge. 22.12.2012 https://ekspress.delfi.ee/areen/sirje-runge-naine-kes-konnib-noateral?id=72790503

Selected Bibliography

2011
Zwischen westlicher Moderne ubd Sowjetiscer Avantgarde: Inoffizielle Kunst in Estland, 1969-1978. Gebr. Mann Velag, Berlin.

2000
Room 312A (catalogue).

1999
Sirje Helme, Jaak Kangilaski, “Short History of Estonian Art”, Kunst.

1998
Ebe Nõmberg, Glass Pearl Game in the Moon River (catalogue).

1998
Sir. Silence. Tallinn. (Catalogue).

1998
Windows and Wiews. An Exhibition of Estonian Art, The Borschette Centre, Brussels (catalogue)

1997
In the name of life, with love... , Sirje Runge’s Paintings(catalogue)

1996
Tallinn-Moscow / Moscow-Tallinn 1956–1985. The Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn (catalogue)

1996
Leonhard Lapin, The Mystery of Light, Kultuurileht, 19.01.1996

1996
Personal Time. Art of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 1945–1996. The Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, (catalogue)

1995
Harku 1975–1995. The Tallinn Art Hall (catalogue)

1995
From Gulag to Glasnost, Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers. Thames and Hudson, New York, 1995

1995
ENE VIII ,(Estonian Encyclopedia,vol.VIII), pages 244-245

1994
Boriss Bernstein, article Sirje Runge – post festum, Sirp, 16.12.1994

1992
Boriss Bernstein, First There Was Light, Sirp, 03.01.1992

1990
Zarte Kraft und Starke. Der Bund, Bern, 29.03.1990

1988
Tamperen Nykytaiteen Museo, Ars Estonica ’88, Franckellin Kirjapaino Oy (catalogue)

1987
Rauma ’87, Biennale Balticum, Rauma, Finland (catalogue)

1986
Tallinner Malerei der Gegenwart, Kieler Stadtmuseum, Warlebeger Hof (catalogue)

1986
Eha Komissarov, Sirje Runge (catalogue)

1986
Evi Pihlak, Luminous Space, Sirp ja Vasar no 19

1984
Yevgeny Klimov, From “Geometry” to Landscape, Tallinn, Kunst 64/2

Selected Museum Collections

Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia

The Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn

The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Museum of Fine Arts, Bern, Switzerland

Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

Selected Private Collections

Royal Family of Sweden, Stockholm

Dr. Herbert Schnapka, Bochum, Germany

Angela Kreis-Muzzulini, Bern, Switzerland

Naoko Kohno, Tokyo, Japan

Edita Giedrimene, Marburg, Germany

Dr. Kari T. Eloranta, Tampere, Finland

Vladimir Tarasov, Vilnius, Lithuania

Jacov Rutgaizer, New York, USA

Boris Bernstein, CA, USA

Matti Milius, Tartu, Estonia

Erkki-Sven Tüür, Tallinn, Estonia

Tiit Telmet, Toronto, Canada

Hélčn Berdoy-Mayer, Toulouse, France

Leena Majander, Helsinki, Finland

Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, USA