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Mikkel Museum, Tallinn

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The Mikkel Museum is a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, located in Kadriorg park in Tallinn. It displays a collection of mainly Western art and ceramics, and Chinese porcelain, donated by art collector Johannes Mikkel in 1994.HistoryThe museum was founded to house the art collection of Johannes Mikkel, who in 1994 had donated his collection of foreign art to the Art Museum of Estonia. Johannes Mikkel (1907 - 2006) came from southern Estonia, studied various subjects (including art) at the University of Tartu and worked, after World War II, in Tallinn as a manager in several antique shops. Through his vast network he was able to assemble the collection of the present museum. In 1996, the former kitchen building (built 1754) of nearby Kadriorg Palace, where the Art Museum of Estonia's main collection of foreign art is displayed, was renovated to house the Mikkel collection.CollectionThe museum contains about 600 objects. The nucleus of the collection is the large amount of Western graphic art from the 16th to 19th centuries, with a special focus on the Dutch Golden Age. The part of the collection devoted to graphics include works by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Rembrandt, Claude Lorrain, Adriaen van Ostade, Jacob van Ruisdael and Félicien Rops. A substantial part of the collection is also devoted to paintings from roughly the same time span; painting by Melchior d'Hondecoeter and Jean François de Troy could be mentioned, as well as a portrait from the studio of Anthony van Dyck.
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  • Complements the collections in the adjacent Kumu and Kadriog museums. Nice colection of Chinese, Germanand French porcelins.  more »
  • The private collection of Johannes Mikkel is displayed here. I saw some nice pieces of porcelain and an interesting display of antique fans. The collection of paintings was disappointing, however; rec...  more »
  • Many art museums are so vast they're intimidating. Not so the Mikkel. The exhibitions I've seen there over the years have always been digestible. But more importantly, the Mikkel has provided me with ...  more »
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  • Having bought tickets for both the Mikkel Museum and the Kadriorg Palace and Art Museum (across the road) at the Kadriorg Palace, the impossibly unhelpful gentleman on the desk refused us entry and made no effort to assist. Having been immersed in Estonian history and culture it was disappointing we couldn't continue it.
  • Authentic objects. Fair legends. Historically correct explanations. Nice space. Very good quality local memory. The collection has its intrigue that can be evolved into many ways. Basically, two main intrigues: - Japanese Geisha figurine that has a KGB aura of conspiracy around it; - 'Fayum' portrait identity. I would not dare to juge the authentity of this work, but the very legend around seems to be very productive. Jelena Grigorjeva, PhD expert in semiotics
  • A small museum worth a visit only if you bought a combined ticket in kadriorg, Kumu and here.
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