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Leonhard Lapin

Leonhard Lapin (1947-2022 born in Räpina) is a versatile Estonian artist who has been active in fine art, art theory and architecture as well as in literature. He is considered one of Estonia’s leading avant-garde artists.

Within his comprehensive oeuvre, Lapin has created broad thematic series. His themes include relationship between nature, machine and man, void, visual processes and the language of signs.

Works in collections:
Art Museum of Estonia, Estonian Museum of Architecture, Estonian Bank, Helsinki City Art Museum, Alvar Aalto Museum (Jyväskylä, Finland), Contemporary Art Museum of Armenia (Jerevan), Bridgestone’ Art Museum (Japan), Cooremans’ Institute (Brussels, Belgium), Cremona Foundation (Minneapolis, USA), Ćiurlionis Art Museum (Kaunas, Lithuania), Frankfurdt Museum of Architecture (Germany), Zimmerli Art Museum (New Jersey, USA), Kaleva Art Collection (Oulu, Finland), Kiasma (Helsinki), New York Library, Niemisto Foundation (Helsinki, Finland), Oulu Art Museum (Finland), Pori Art Museum (Finland), National Gallery of Sweden (Stockholm, Sweden), Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art (Australia), Skopje Art Museum (Slovenia), Bank of Finland, Tallinn Art Hall, Tartu Art Museum, Tretjakov Gallery (Moscow), Vaasa University, Art Collection of the White House (Washington, USA), Russian Museum (St. Petersbourg), Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis, USA),Villany Art Collection (Brandenburg, Germany), Viinistu Art Museum and numerous private collections.

2003 Estonian Graphic Association prize of Year
2001 The Estonian State´s Order of the White Star of IV Class
1997 The Baltic Watercolor Triennial prize
1997 The Estonian State’s Cultural prize
1989 The Kristjan Raud Prize for painting, Estonia
1989 Tallinn City Art prize
1987 Soviet architectural prize
1974 Tokyo Print Biennial prize
1973 Ljubljana Print Biennial prize




Machine 6 C  
Machine 4 C  
Kägar I väike  
Women Machine II E  
Women Machine I C  
Machine 7 C  
Machine 1 C  
Bleeding finger III A  
Linda in flames  
Finger to the sun  
Horney Machine I  
Kägar I  
Woman-Machine XIII-D  
Graafikamapp "INIMENE MASIN" sarjast "Elavad klassikud - Soviet Avangard"