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Exhibition 'On One Small Island Lived a Genius'

Exhibition of the Museum of Coastal Folk about August Johannes Luusmann.

August Johannes Luusmann was born on December 4, 1885, on the island of Aksi at Kaguotsa farm. An exceptionally musical young man highly interested in reading worked in several areas: he published articles introducing the Northern Estonian islands, collected antiquities and composed music, while also being a skilfull pianist and organist. He achieved all this as an autodidact.

At about twenty, he began to actively engage in photography. So far, around 500 of his photos have been found, reflecting the everyday life of small islands and coastal villages, people and historical events. These skillfully selected frames, as well as Luusmann's writings, give a unique picture of the history of coastal Estonia. At the time of his life, Luusmann's work did not get enough attention.
Now, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Estonia, it is possible to finally recognize the creation of this talented person.

Curators: Külvi Kuusk, Maivi Kärginen, Janek Šafranovski
Design: Vida Verde
Interior design: Andrea Tamm
Technical solution: Spot reklaam
Thanks: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Viimsi Parish, Aasrand family, Pilvi Tahk, Aksberg family, Estonian Theater and Music Museum, Estonian National Museum, Estonian Literary Museum

The exhibition is open at the Museum of Coastal Folk from October 5, 2017.
The exhibition is accompanied by a selfie contest. See more at

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