Estonia 100 art programme

There are almost 100 high-level art events dedicated to Estonia's centenary celebrations that introduce Estonian artists and their work throughout the country and abroad.

The Estonia 100 art programme is curated by Estonia 100 Organising Committee, Center of Contemporary Arts Estonia and Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Center.

The art programme of Estonia 100, 2017-2019
1.            Participation in art fairs in Brussels in April 2017, organised by the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center: Paul Kuimet with FOKU and Kristina Õllek with Rundum at the Poppositions Off-Fair, and Kaido Ole and Tõnis Vint with the Temnikova & Kasela Gallery at the Independent Fair.
2.            The exhibition Intermedial, curated by Marten Esko, at the building of the European Parliament in Brussels, from 11 July to 31 December 2017. The exhibit included works by Jaan Elken, Kaido Ole and Alice Kask that are part of the permanent collection of the European Parliament as well as works by outstanding Estonian artists of the new generation (Dénes Farkas, Kristiina Hansen, Paul Kuimet, Kärt Ojavee, Johanna Ulfsak, Tõnis Saadoja, Taavi Suisalu, Timo Toots and Visible Solutions OÜ).
3.            A program of six exhibition at the Positiiv Gallery in Tallinn:
3.1.        Reet Sau’s exhibition Here Is My Heart, 9/5-26/5/2017;
3.2.        Ülle Saatmäe’s exhibition The View of Vision, 12/9-30/9/2017;
3.3.        Maarja Mäemetsa’s exhibition and installation aega on küll / there’s time, 3/10-20/2017;
3.4.        Kristino Rav’s exhibition A Blind Spot at the Zenith, 1/10-17/2017;
3.5.        Triin Kerge’s exhibition and installation If / When / How Far is Close, 21/11-8/12/2017;
3.6.        Ly Lestberg’s exhibition Everyday Choreography, spring 2018.
4.            Tanel Rander’s project 100 Poplars organises art exhibitions and residencies in Valga, creating a wide resonance for Eastern European identity in Estonia. Events of the project:
4.1.        The exhibition The Place Where Everything is Better, by Latvian curators and artists, at the Valga Museum, 9/5-10/6/2017;
4.2.        Exhibition by Marit Mihklepp and Edgars Rubenis at the gallery of the Valga Museum, 27/02-10/03/2018;
4.3.        Tanel Rander’s curatorial project ‘Agora’ at the gallery of the Valga Museum, April 2018;
4.4.        Michael Kurzwelly’s residency and exhibition Slubfurt at the Valga Cultural Centre, 11/4-25/4/2018;
4.5.        Bita Razav’s exhibition at the gallery of the Valga Museum, July  2018;
4.6.        Rait Rosin’s exhibition at the gallery of the Valga Museum, August 2018;
4.7.        Symposium / performance curated by Tanel Rander at the Valga train station, September 2018.
5.            The listening session project of Laura Kuusk and Camille Laurell entitled A Hundred Soundscapes at Studio 335 at the ARS building in Tallinn:
5.1.        1st listening session, 5/6/2017. Guest appearance by the French artist and digital art revolutionary Serge Comte who currently lives in Iceland;
5.2.        2nd listening session, 29/9/2017. Avant-garde special;
5.3.        3rd listening session, 31/12/2017. Voice special;
5.4.        4th listening session, March 2018. Travelling special.
6.            The interactive urban space project ‘(R)estart Reality’ by the NOAR Art Centre on the works of Edward von Lõngus in European capitals (including Brussels, Rome, Helsinki, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Riga, Vilnius, Budapest, London), 1/7/2017-31/12/2018.
7.            Estonian Artists’ Association organising
7.1.        the art festival FutuMuhu. A Hundred Years. 2017 on Muhu Island at the Association’s art farm, 14/7-15/7/2017
7.2.        an overview exhibition at the Avenue des Arts gallery in Paris, 2/10-9/10/2017.
8.            The exhibition The Magical Beauty of Freedom and talks by Pire Sova and Pille Õnnepalu on 21 July, 28 July, 04 August, 11 August 2017 at the Puänt bookshop in Tallinn, and Open Studio on 18 August 2017 at the Ruti Avatud Ateljee studio in Võru.
9.            The summer tour of artists Killu Sukmit and Minna Hint, the founders of the artist-run space Kraam, presenting their project ‘Milky Way’ about the migration crisis, in Ida-Virumaa and Lääne-Virumaa counties, 24/7-6/8/2017. In autumn 2017, the café Coffee Without Borders (CWB) and workshops, initiated in 2016, continue at the Kraam art space. Meetups and discussions are held, with Kraam acting as a communal meeting place.
10.          Karel Koplimetsa’s performance and film Case No 13. Waiting for the Ship of Empties
on the Tallinn-Helsinki line. The barge arrives in Tallinn from Helsinki on 9 August 2017. The film is screened on 24 August 2017 at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn. The works are exhibited at the group exhibition The Travellers at the Kumu Art Museum, 25/8/2017-28/1/2018.
11.          An exhibition on the works of Olga Chernyseva and Jaan Toomik at the Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, 23/8/2017-31/10/2017. Olga Chernyseva’s work is exhibited at the gallery, while Jaan Toomik’s action piece was held at the Tallinn Central Market.
12.          The screening of Paul Kuimet’s film project ‘Golden Home’ at the opening exhibition Image Drain of the Tallinn Photo Month at the Tallinn Art Hall, on 1 September 2017.
13.          The exhibition Size Doesn’t Matter on Estonian design, organised by the Estonian Association of Designers, at the London Design Week, 12/9-25/9/2017.
14.          The exhibition Variations on the Border of Land and Sea by Kaia Kiik and Tarmo Roosimölder at the building of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union in Brussels, 3/10/2017-22/12/2017.
15.          The exhibition Archeology of the Screen. The Estonian Example on contemporary Estonian art, curated by the Art Museum of Estonia, at the BOZAR centre in Brussels, 14/9-11/11/2017.
16.          The international triennial of young students ‘Eksperimenta! Art and Economy’, organised by Sally Stuudio, in Tallinn, 20/10-3/12/2017.
17.          The joint project ‘Hea Eesti Asi’ of the product and textile, and leather art departments of the Faculty of Design of the Estonian Academy of Arts. Under the supervision of designer Mihkel Masso, students came up with a number of souvenirs introducing Estonia, and these were used to create eight product prototypes in total. The practical subject of the spring and autumn semester of 2017 culminated in an exhibition at the Tallinn Design Festival.
18.          The exhibition Konrad Mägi (1878-1925) by the Art Museum of Estonia at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome, 10/10/2017-28/1/2018.
19.          Presentation of the publication What To Do Together? on self-organised spaces by the artist-run space Rundum at the ARS building in Tallinn, 7/12/2017.
20.          The exhibition Creative Culture / Size Doesn’t Matter on Estonian design, organised by the Estonian Association of Designers at the La Cité de la Mode et du Design design centre in Paris, 08/12/2017-21/1/2018.
21.          Arne Maasik’s exhibition on Old Believers in Estonia, their history, religion and icon-painting at the Art Gallery of Belarusian University of Culture and Arts in Minsk, 9/12-21/12/2017.
22.          Tartu Art Museum’s exhibition Metaphors for Home, (re)defines the notion of ‘home’ in 21st-century Western society in light of the changes in lifestyle and living arrangements, 18/1-15/4/2018.
23.          The series of apartment exhibitions entitled Springs by the Voronja Gallery – artists at the places of their birth. 15 exhibitions in 15 counties running from January 2018 to April 2019 in Tartu, Kursi village in Jõgevamaa county, Raadama village in Põlvamaa county, Hanila village in Pärnumaa county, Käina village in Hiiumaa county and many more.
24.          The art program ‘Detour’ of the Narva residency of the Estonian Academy of Arts brings together young people aged 15-18 and 13 international artists of the residency program in 12 workshops held throughout the year, starting from January 2018.
25.          The exhibition ‘Pallas Art Society 100. Birth and Rebirth’ at the Adamson-Eric Museum in Tallinn, 26/1-3/6/2018. The exhibition focuses on the creation of the Pallas Art Society a hundred years ago and its activities up until the death of Konrad Mägi, and includes the restoration of the society 30 years ago.
26.          The project ‘Artists in Collections’, curated by Maarin Ektermann and Mary-Ann Talvistu, running through 2018. It sees 11 contemporary artists and creatives (Jaanus Samma, Flo Kasearu, Marge Monko, Jevgeni Zolotko, Raul Keller, Mihkel Ilus, Laura Põld, Jass Kaselaan, Aet Ader – Laur Kaunissaare, Marit Ilison) work in ten small Estonian museums (including the Võru Museum, the Koidula Museum in Pärnu, the Estonian Broadcasting Museum in Türi, the A. H. Tammsaare Museum in Vargamäe, the Saaremaa Museum, the Sillamäe Museum, the Liivi Museum in Alatskivi, the Kunda Cement Museum). An exhibition will be presented at the end of the collaboration project in all these museums.
27.          The exhibition series The Young, Create and Bring Art to the Library!, initiated by the Tallinn Central Library, comprises works created by 14-26-year-olds and is exhibited in local libraries across Estonia throughout 2018.
28.          The exhibition Michel Sittow. Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe by the Art Museum of Estonia at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., 28/1-13/5/2018.
29.          The exhibition State of Dreams on Estonian fashion design in Stockholm, 21/1-23/1/2018. Aldo Järvsoo, Al Meta, Ketlin Bachmann, Kärt Põldmann, Riina Põldroos, Stella Soomlais and Tanel Veenre Jewellery participating.
30.          The exhibition The State is not a Work of Art by the Tallinn Art Hall and curator Katerina Gregos in Tallinn, 17/2-16/4/2018.
31.          The joint exhibition and book Estonia Through a Hundred Pairs of Eyes by Kaire van der Toorn-Guthan, Toomas Volkmann, Piret Jaaks, Tõnu Tunnel ja Tõnu Runnel, launched in February 2018 at the Estonian National Museum in Tartu.
32.          Presentation of the 20th anniversary edition of the English-language art magazine Estonian Art, published by the Estonian Institute, at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn on 15 March 2018.
33.          The exhibition History in Images – Image in History of the Art Museum of Estonia at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, 16/3-5/8/2018. The exhibition explores historical images and, through them, the various perspectives on Estonian history.
34.          The joint project ‘The Story of a Hundred. Variations on the People of Estonia’ by Kaupo Kikkas, Laur Kaunissaare, Erki Pärnoja, Jaak Prints and Meelis Muhu portrays Estonian people on photographs, in music and in words. The world premiere of the concert production of The Story of a Hundred is the opening event of the international jazz festival Jazzkaar in Tallinn on 20 April 2018.
35.          Participation in the Poppositions Off-Fair in Brussels with the e-Residency pilot project, curated by the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, 18/4-22/4/2018. Estonia is represented by French-Estonian artist Eleonore de Montesquiou.
36.          The project ‘Wild. Seething at the Outskirts of Normality’ by the Mooste KülalisStuudio that involves a residency of bioart, organising a symposium and publishing a catalogue. The residencies are held in April and May 2018, the symposium from 17 August to 26 August 2018, and project presentations on 26 August 2018. Locations are situated in Southern Estonia.
37.          Presentation of the book of portraits An Insight into the Estonian Roma Community by Annika Haas and Külli Lupkin in April 2018 at the Juhan Kuus Documentary Photography Centre in Tallinn and at the Valga Museum.
38.          The exhibition Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Art of the Baltic States by the Art Museum of Estonia at the Musée d’Orsays in Paris, 10/4-15/7/2018. The exhibition is organised in cooperation with the Latvian National Museum of Art, the Lithuanian Art Museum and the M. K Čiurlionis National Museum of Art.
39.          The joint project Estonia’s Very Own Blue of the Pärnu Museum and the Faculty of Fashion of the Estonian Academy of Arts in Pärnu, 5/4-27/5/2018. The project combines fashion, nature and folk culture to put together an exhibition in a modern key.
40.          The art and book exhibition Hundreds of Books by the Embassy of Books and the students of the Tartu Art College, 5/4-28/4/2018 in Tartu and 3/5-26/5/2018 in Tallinn.
41.          Kristi Kongi’s solo exhibition in a dialogue with the Belgian painter Kasper Bosmans at the inner courtyard of the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, 11/5-16/9/2018.
42.          The presentation of the collection of graphic prints Freedom in the 21st Century by 20 Estonian artists (Jüri Arrak, Jaan Toomik, Leonhard Lapin, Evi Tihemets and others), published by the Tallinn ArtSpace, at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn in June 2018. This is followed by exhibitions in 2018 and 2019 in Võru, Narva, Pärnu, Paide, Kihnu, Ruhnu, Tartu, Viljandi, Tallinn, Munich and Toronto.
43.          An exhibition by the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center on modern Estonian artists from June to August 2018 in London, with the premiere of Piibe Kolka’s documentary film on Katja Novitskova.
44.          The announcement of the public’s favourite at the annual exhibition of the Estonian Artists’ Association on 8 June 2018 at the Tallinn Art Hall.
45.          The exhibition Michel Sittow. Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, 8/6-16/9/2018. The first solo exhibition of the Renaissance artist Michel Sittow who hailed from Tallinn, bringing together his rare paintings from around the world.
46.          The competition My Estonia aimed at the students of the Estonian Academy of Arts, the Art Academy of Latvia and the Vilnius Academy of Arts, and organised by the NOAR Art Centre, culminating in an exhibition at the ArtVilnius art fair in June 2018 in Vilnius.
47.          An exhibition on Estonian fashion and lifestyle design, organised by the Tallinn Creative Incubator, in summer 2018 at the Premium fair in Berlin with more than ten Estonian fashion and accessory designers participating.
48.          The exhibition Archaeology of the Screen by the Art Museum of Estonia at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, 6/7-14/10/2018. Artists from different generations explore the relationship between the screen and art before and after the advent of the computer age.
49.          The project ‘MouseTrap48’ by Taavi Suisalu and Timo Toots in Valgamaa county, 10/7-22/7/2018. The project brings together artists working with digital technologies to invent and explore notions like ‘digital immigrant’ and ‘digital native’.
50.          The project ‘Unborn futures in Estonian modernism’ by Laura Lins and Roland Reemaa in June and July 2018 at the Heimtali Museum in Viljandimaa County. The exhibition is opened on 27 July 2018.
51.          The outsider art exhibition Collected Worlds on works by people with special needs at the Kondas Centre in Viljandi in summer 2018.
52.          The international modern glass art exhibition on tolerance, entitled Another Viewpoint, at the Evald Okas Museum in Haapsalu, 2/9-9/9/2018.
53.          A joint exhibition by Maria Aua and Aivar Tõnso explores the landscape and living environment of a seaside town. The exhibition runs from 12 July to 12 August 2018 in Virtsu, at the former premises of the shop on Tööstuse Street.
54.          The art project ‘Book of Fire’ by Asuur Ceramics in August 2018 travels around Estonia with a kiln: on 20 August at the Narva fortress, on 21 August at the Seto Farm Museum, on 22 August in Vardja near Viljandi, on 23 August at the Museum of New Art in Pärnu, on 24 August in Saaremaa County at the Kuressaare fortress, on 25 August in Hiiumaa County in Tubala and on 26 August in Tallinn at the Towers’ Square.
55.          An overview exhibition by the Art Museum of Estonia on Estonian art at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, 1/9-31/12/2018.
56.          The exhibition Around the World in Eighty Days on contemporary Estonian art by the Art Museum of Estonia at the Le Lieu unique cultural centre in Nantes, 1/10-31/12/2018.
57.          Liina Siib’s research project ‘Estonian Women in Finland’ at the Vana-Võromaa Kultuurikoda in Võru, 26/9-28/10/2018, and at the Sinne Gallery in Helsinki, 18/10-25/11/2018.
58.          The presentation of Sirje Helme’s book 100 Years of Estonian Art in Tallinn in October 2018. The publication is part of the Estonia 100 book series ‘Estonia’s Stories of a Hundred Years’, comprising 44 books and published by AS Eesti Meedia.
59.          An exhibition at the Pärnu Museum on Raul Meel’s works that deal with nationality and identity and spanning the period between 1973 and 2017, 23/10/2018-6/1/2019.
60.          The travelling exhibition Estonian Party on the celebration of various occasions, by Fred Kotkas, in the second half of 2018: from 27 August to 23 September 2018 at the Tartu Art House, from 10 October to 3 November 2018 at the Artists’ House of the Pärnu City Gallery, and at the Kondase Centre in Viljandi and Tallinn.
61.          The exhibition Estonia as a Notional Space by the Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art in Rapla, 6/10-3/11/2018.
62.          The exhibition Symbolism in the Art of the Baltic States by the Art Museum of Estonia at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, 12/10/2018-3/2/2019. The exhibition is organised in cooperation with the Latvian National Museum of Art, the Lithuania Art Museum and the M. K Čiurlionis National Museum of Art. The exhibition includes works by many great Baltic symbolists: Janis Rozentāls, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Kristjan Raud and many others.
63.          The photo exhibition The Anatomy of the Estonian Muslim Community by Annika Haas from November 2018 at the Foyer Gallery of the National Library of Estonia in Tallinn.
64.          The book of portraits of NATO soldiers stationed in Estonia by photographer Tanja Muravskaja, presented in Tallinn in November 2018.
65.          The exhibition, conference and film program X-Files. Registry of the 1990s by the Art Museum of Estonia, at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, from 2 November 2018 to March 2019. The exhibition takes an investigative approach to the history of Estonian art of the 1990s, taking a look at some lesser known and unexplored aspects.
66.          The exhibition The Mythological Ancient World of Estonia in the Works of Kaljo Põllu by the Art Museum of Estonia at the exhibition hall of the Okuni shrine in Japan, 15/11/2018-19/02/2019.
67.          Solo exhibition and art lessons by Mihkel Ilus on the subject of national motifs in November 2018 and January 2019 in Paide.
68.          The exhibition Alice, Neeme and Jass, organised by the Tallinn Art Hall on the works of Alice Kask, Neeme Külm and Jass Kaselaan in December 2018 at the Kunsthalle Helsinki.
69.          Liina Siib’s solo exhibition at the Tallinn Art Hall, 26/1-24/3/2019. The exhibition deals with the differences in exploring personal and social experiences.
Kadi Kesküla
Coordinator of Estonia 100 art projects