The triennial invites visitors to tours of the exhibition led by participating Estonian artists.
In August, the triennial welcomes visitors to both Estonian and Russian language guided tours, which also feature artists, who introduce their creative processes and impulses. On Wednesday, 4 August at 18.00 the curator’s assistant Keiu Krikmann will introduce the exhibition together with the designer Linda Aasaru. On Saturday, 14 August at 13.00 jewellery artists Julia Maria Künnap, Eve Margus-Villems and Hanna-Maria Vanaküla will discuss their work. Russian-speaking audiences are welcome to a guided tour of the show on Saturday, 14 August at 15.00, conducted by Laura Marija Brunova and the artist and designer Sandra Kosorotova.
In addition to the main exhibition, the triennial also includes an extensive satellite programme. The Windows and the Vault of the A-gallery are currently showcasing jewellery exhibitions “From the Jauntiness of Absence” and “Edge” and at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design Marta Boan has recently opened her jewellery exhibition “To wear or not to wear”. The installation “In-Tangible”, inspired by the theme of the triennial is currently on view at the central square of the Noblessner quarter and in August Kai Kaljo, Darja Popolitova, Triin Kukk and Merlin Meremaa will be opening their new exhibitions.
Videos of the exhibition “Translucency” open at the Kai Art Center are available for viewing, featuring participating artists discussing their works.
The videos that supplement the international main exhibition of the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial discuss the central concept of the show, translucency and reveal how artists have interpreted the idea.
The videos feature the curator of the exhibition, the Danish glass artists and art historian Stine Bidstrup, artists Linda Aasaru, Hanna-Maria Vanaküla, Erin Dickson, Ditte Hammerstrøm, Helen Lee, Jiyong Lee, Sissi Westerberg and Wang & Söderström. The individual short videos are available HERE, however, in the auditorium of the Kai Art Center, the clips are screened as a 21-minute film. The videos were created by Aigar Vals.
The main exhibition of the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial includes 21 international artists in a variety of media, such as site specific installations, glass, porcelain, 3D printed objects, jewellery, furniture etc. The exhibition at the Kai Art Center at Noblessner is open until 15 August, from Wednesday to Sunday, 12–19.
The catalogue of the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial is now available HERE.
The catalogue is introduced by the curator of the exhibition Stine Bidstrup, discussing the central concept of the show, translucency, followed by an overview of all the participating artists as well as high quality photos of the artworks. Additionally, the publication features a detailed list of all the works included in the exhibition.
The catalogue concludes with two essays. In her essay “Moments of aliveness”, the architecture and art historian and curator Ingrid Ruudi contemplates the artworks presented at the exhibition and our encounters with material as possibilities to experience unique moments of aliveness.
„To encounter works, objects and materials that are ambivalent, unstable, fragile and temporary means noticing the ambivalence, multiplicity, impermanence and contingency of my own being in the world. But this is not a source of fear and insecurity but enables a heightenened awareness of being in the moment and contact with the other. Letting go of expectations of stability and permanence may lead to rediscovering enchantment and joy. Perceiving myself as flawed, partial and temporary paves way for encountering the human and non-human other from a less hierarchical, more equal basis.“ (from Ingrid Ruudi’s essay)
The essay by the architecture historian at the Royal Danish Academy, Martin Søberg titled “Saturated with light. On architecture and translucent materials“ looks at translucency in the history of architecture. The essay includes numerous photographs.
„The materials of architecture are put together, they carry and are carried, and furthermore become atmosphere-creating, enclosing membranes that allow adjustment and exchange. The phenomenon of translucency is then still about ambiguity, blurring and diffusion, but also about the potential for something new to emerge from the saturated light..“ (from Martin Søberg’s essay)
The catalogue is published both in Estonian and in English. The publication was edited by Keiu Krikmann and designed by Tuumik Stuudio.
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“Translucency”, the main exhibition of the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial, open until 15 August at Kai Art Center, was photographed by Hedi Jaansoo. The exhibition welcomes visitors from Wednesday to Sunday, 12–19. On Wednesdays, Kai offers discounted admission; you can find more information and a map here.