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Jaanus Samma. Pattern No. 27. 2021. Coloured pencil
From Monday, 3 May Jaanus Samma’s solo exhibition “Pattern” will be open in the monumental gallery of the Tartu Art House. It was created last spring during the artist’s residency in the Art House and his artistic research in the Estonian National Museum.   Examples of the 19th century Estonian women’s coifs (tanu) from the collections of the ENM are exhibited side-by-side with drawings and embroidery inspired by them. Samma continues his research into the covert dating culture and fetishes of the gay community begun in his earlier works. This time the focus is on men’s underwear that have been provocatively juxtaposed with folk flower embroidery.   As a headwear, tanu indicated marriage and Estonian peasant women had to wear it daily as a status symbol.
Seven Estonian painters at HAA Gallery
Seven Estonian painters at HAA Gallery
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From April29 to May 29 an exhibition of seven Estonian painters takes place at HAA Gallery, Helsinki.   Estonian Painters’ Association will open an exhibition of figure art at HAA Gallery in Helsinki, Finland. Besides the wide range of ways in depicting the nature of human body – both physical as well as non-physical – artworks by seven participating artists play also a symbolic tribute to “The Seven Brothers”, a novel by Finnish national author Aleksis Kivi. Seven artists who are performing together at the HAA Gallery do this kind of artistic collaboration for the first time. All of them are known for being independent creators and actively performing painters in Estonia for years, their artistical handwritings are recognizably characteristic and their original ideas rise from personal conceptions. The exhibition will let everyone stay on their own as well as to step into a dialogue with each other and the audience.
Sissel Marie Tonn
“Point of No Return. Attunement of Attention” brings together artworks by 17 artists in the historical Kreenholm district. The exhibition pays attention to the entanglements of human lives with other-than-human beings, rhythms, and worlds. At a time when cycles of production and consumption amplify the environmental trouble pulsating throughout the planet, the exhibition searches for possibilities to sense our shared vulnerability and interconnectedness.   Ann Mirjam Vaikla (exhibition curator): The industrial era of Kreenholm has made us move in a tick-tock kind of choreography, where one works a certain number of hours a day, driven by effectiveness, acceleration and flawlessness. As a result, modern society, imbued with the idea of progress and driven by a desire for modernity, tends to reshape landscapes. As a consequence, it has forgotten what was there before.
 Doors soon to open on Spring Exhibition 2021 of the Estonian Artists’ Association!
The representative Spring Exhibition of the Estonian Artists’ Association will be unveiled at Tallinn Art Hall, Art Hall Gallery and City Gallery on 3 May and will be open every day this year.   Celebrating Estonia’s thriving artistic community, the 21st Spring Exhibition of the Estonian Artists’ Association will take place at all three exhibition venues of Tallinn Art Hall.
 Spring Exhibition 2021
The long-awaited Spring Exhibition 2021 of the Estonian Artists’ Association is returning to its roots: approached from different angles, artworks completed in 2020/2021 will be exhibited at three exhibition venues of Tallinn Art Hall. The main exhibition of works selected by the jury will be displayed at Tallinn Art Hall, while two curated satellite exhibitions will be on view nearby at Tallinn City Gallery and the Art Hall Gallery. Preparations for the exhibitions are in full swing and doors are currently scheduled to be opened on 26 April.   “The participants of the main exhibition of Spring Exhibition 2021 were selected by a jury comprised of Vano Allsalu (Vice-President of the Estonian Artists’ Association), Corina Apostol (curator at Tallinn Art Hall), Siim Preiman (curator at Tallinn Art Hall), Aivar Berzin (art supporter) and Hanna-Liis Kont (freelance curator).
MEANINGS. Tapestries from the methodical archive of the textile department of Pallas
8.-30.03.2021   The exhibition MEANINGS opens the furthermost doors of the methodical archive of the textile department of Pallas and introduces a selection of tapestries from the last 25 years.   Tapestry weaving is a third-year course in the Pallas textile curriculum and each year new students start with a different theme. By that time, the students have completed more than half of their studies and are experienced in working with composition, colour and material. This allows the students to focus on meaning in addition to weaving, and to find the most suitable way for expressing the message of their work. Alongside course works, several graduation works are exhibited. The tapestries depict people and events, encounters and dialogues important to the authors, their households and hometowns.
Online exhibition “Best Before”
Online exhibition “Best Before”
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Estonian Academy of Arts Graphic Design and Product Design 2nd year students will open a joint exhibition “Best Before” online at www.bestbefore.ee from Friday, March 26 at 18:00. The artists use time-based media to explore themes of temporality and self-preservation, mapping various mindsets initiated by unconventional and isolated circumstances imposed by enhanced coronavirus restrictions introduced during the development of the exhibition.
ARS Showroom #025 – Fideelia-Signe Roots „Friends”
2.–31. March 2021   The exhibition is about the possibility of equal relationships between human- and nonhuman animals. Fideelia was a foster home for a cat whose name is Kant Nurrkärakas in the summer of 2020 at ARS Art Factory. Kant loved to explore the house but the artist could not leave him on his own for the safety reasons so they always walked together and protesting about taking him back to the studio, Kant used claws and teeth. The two friends were liberated and with the desire to be free so their frienship was built on the basis of mutual understanding. Fideelia believes in the liberty and equality between human- and nonhuman animals and has proved it through her practise as animal rights activist. The full potential of this is yet to arrive as the society changes its attitude towards the nonhuman animals.   Fideelia is an interdisciplinary artist.
Joint exhibition “Jonas & Kaido II”
From Saturday, 27 February the joint exhibition “Jonas & Kaido II” of the painters Jonas Gasiūnas and Kaido Ole is open in the large gallery of the Tartu Art House. The exhibition is curated by Arvydas Žalpys (Meno parkas Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania).   Although both the Lithuanian Gasiūnas and the Estonian Ole are among the most esteemed painters of their home countries, their oeuvre is in fact very different. Their personalities are also dissimilar. But something in their creative nature or in the urgency that they approach their art is still comparable. That is why it is no wonder that this is not the first exhibition where they both participate.   The Polish art critic Krzysztof Stanisławski, who curated their previous travelling exhibition, writes: “They have known each other and exhibited together for twenty years, or maybe longer.
Tartu Art Auction 2021
Tartu Art Auction 2021
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From Saturday, 27 February the exhibition of this year’s Tartu Art Auction will be open in the monumental gallery of the Tartu Art House. The auction is organised by the Tartu Artists’ Union in co-operation with the gallery Art & Tonic. Auction takes place on 26 March!   50 works were selected for the exhibition.