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Juri Lotman

Yuri Lotman

Юрий Михайлович Лотман
St. Petersburg [Petrograd] 1922 - Tartu 1993
Soviet literary scholar, semiotician, and cultural historian.
Mati Karmin

Tartu /  Juri Lotman   Tartu /  Juri Lotman


Five 15-metre steel tubes bend in such a way that they form a face.


1922 JURI LOTMAN 1993


karmin / 2007

Information Sign

Yuri Lotman

[Text in Estonian]

Yuri Lotman (1922-1993), professor of Tartu University for many years, was
one of the most outstanding scholars in the 20th-century Tartu. Yuri Lotman
studied Russien literature and culture, and the general laws governing culture.
He was de founder of cultural semiotics, as well as the Tartu-Moscow School
of Semiotics. His profound knowledge of cultural history and his original
theoretical thought combined to create a most unique contribution to the
development of humanities in the world.
The idea of the sculpture, consisging of five 15-metre steel tubes, was inspired
by the self-portrait of Yuri Lotman. The sculpture by Mati Karmin and Andres
Lunge was unveiled in 2007.


Juri Lotman liked to draw, and his archive contains a number of self-portraits. Here is one of his sketches, the caption reads as follows: "Defense of student papers. 21 May 1974. A late, late evening".
Juri Lotman - Selfportrait 1974

The architect of the momument is Andres Lunge.

Tartu - Juri Lotman


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