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20/04/2021

The 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial opening at the end of May has selected events for its satellite programme. Among more than 20 exhibitions, the selection includes jewellery and glass art, site specific installations and events involving various fields of art. In the spirit of the times, the programme also features many window exhibitions and a flexible approach to programming.

“I am thrilled that despite uncertain circumstances, we are able to present a substantial satellite programme and artists have found clever ways to showcase their works,” said Merle Kasonen, the chairwoman of the Triennial Society. “Interpreting the world through your art is part of being an artist and it is equally important to share your creations with an audience. I believe and hope that art audiences, too, are hungry for culture.”

The theme of the 2021 triennial is “translucency” and many satellite exhibitions have been inspired by that. For example, the installation “In-Tangible” by Federica Cogliandro and Tauris Reose will be set up in the Noblessner area at the end of May, and Master’s students from jewellery, blacksmithing, glass and ceramics departments of the Estonian Academy of Art will present their work at the group exhibition “Phantasmagoria” at Sitsi Factory in Tallinn.

Solo shows include projects by jewellery artists Darja Popolitova (Hobusepea gallery), Kristiina Laurits (Hop gallery), Jaan Pärn (Meistrite Hoov gallery), and Marta Boan (at the Estonian Applied Art and Design Museum’s gallery space). An exciting and dignified combination of installations, objects and jewellery by Kadri Mälk, Julia Maria Künnap and Kai Koppel will be presented at the Laboratooriumi street chapel. Jewellery artists Triin Kukk and Merlin Meremaa showcase their work in a garage on Luha Street. A-gallery shows fresh work from 18 local and international artists in their windows as well as in the Vault.

Rait Prääts and Gleb Divov bring together glass art and augmented reality at Okapi gallery. Kai Kaljo shows her fused glass objects and jewellery at the applied art and design gallery Kunstiaken. In parallel with the triennial Estonian Applied Art and Design Museum welcomes visitors to two glass art shows by Tiina Sarapu and Ivo Lill.

The satellite programme also includes Riste Laasberg’s tapestry exhibition at St. Jacob’s Church in Viimsi, window exhibitions of Katariina Guild’s studios, and an exhibition by ceramics and glass art students of the Estonian Academy of Arts at Salme Cultural Centre.

The main exhibition of the 8th Tallinna Applied Art Triennial “Translucency” opens on 29 May at Kai Art Center and remains open to visitors until 15 August. The main exhibition of the Triennial is curated by Danish glass artist and art historian Stine Bidstrup, who selected works from 22 international artists to interpret the theme. While the main exhibition includes international artists, the satellite programme highlights local art and gives an overview of Estonian contemporary craft.

The events of the satellite programme take place in May and during summer months, a more detailed schedule will be announced as soon as the governmental Covid restrictions allow for that.

Anu Almik


06/03/2021

The graphic design for the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial was created by Marje and Martin Eelma from the design studio Tuumik Stuudio. Their design blurs the boundaries between materials and environments and features fragments of exhibited artworks.

What were some of your first associations with the theme of the triennial, translucency?
Layers, steam, water. Diving into other materials. Or perhaps even parallel worlds that haunt you after reading a book or watching a film, worlds that are inside or layered on top of one another or as a grid. In order to evoke translucency you need more than one environment and these environments need to come into contact with one another, yet still remain separate. When they blend, translucency is lost.

What did you start the design process with?
The exhibition concept of the curator Stine Bidstrup and our initial conversations with the exhibition designer Kärt Maran led us to think about water as material and a surface of reflection. These ideas became the basis for the design. We also thought about the location of the exhibition, Kai Art Center just by the sea, and this, too, contributed to the further development of these ideas. Water is transparent matter, completely different from air. In places where water and air meet, light makes possible situations, where water is both transparent and reflects back into our world. Water can be quite dynamic, which results in dynamic images. Water or other liquids can also have a hue to them yet still be transparent to great depths.

The design also uses photos of artworks we will see at the exhibition.
We included artworks in the conversations about the design early in the process and that remained an important element, so we had to make these layers complement one another. On the one hand, a fluid and reflective surface layer that was expressed as a fluid and steamy typeface and beneath that, selected works or details of artworks. To conclude, the design was created in collaboration with the triennial’s team – we were discussing several directions that were more or less focused on the same theme but using various graphic elements. Finally, the design that expressed a common understanding of the theme the clearest was chosen. Reflections of water are not so clearly visible anymore, however, the steamy translucent typeface still evokes undulating water.

Could you talk about how you chose the four photos featured in the design?
First, we looked if the photos fit with our chosen typeface, the steamy and fluid typography had to be visible against the background. Not all photos supported that. In the end, we chose photos that worked best with the typeface.

The graphic design of the triennial features the following artworks: Wang & Söderström “Flatscreen“, Sandra Vaka “Jugs (bitter lemon)“, Eeva Käsper “Enclosed Secret” and Grethe Sørensen “Lillebælt III“.

Anu Almik


05/01/2021

Tallinn Applied Art Triennial extends the deadline for application to satellite programme until next week. The Triennial welcomes project submissions that relate to its theme, translucency or introduce the field of applied art in other ways until Thursday, 14 January. We kindly ask that you include the date, location and a short description of the event and send it to info@trtr.ee.

The main exhibition of the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial “Translucency” opens at Kai Art Center on 28 May 2021 and will remain open to visitors until 15 August 2021. The satellite programme welcomes exhibitions, performances, installations and other events taking place in Tallinn between May and August this year. The Triennial introduces the satellite programme in its communications, however, (co)funding for projects is not available.

The main exhibition of the Triennial is curated by Danish glass artist and art historian Stine Bidstrup, who selected works from 24 international artists to interpret the theme. The exhibition includes various fields of applied art and focuses on the critical potential of translucency in contemporary craft. The Triennial’s main exhibition features the following artists from Estonia: Linda
Aasaru, Eeva Käsper, Sandra Kosorotova, Julia Maria Künnap, Eve Margus-Villems, Helena Tuudelepp and Hanna-Maria Vanaküla.

The satellite programme of the previous Tallinn Applied Art Triennial in 2017 featured 26 exhibitions, performances, open studios and installation in various locations in Tallinn. The main exhibition of the Triennial was visited by around 5000 people during its three-month opening period and including its satellite programme, the total number of visitors to the Triennial was estimated at 30 000.

Tallinn Applied Art Triennial is an international art event established in 1997, organised by NGO Tallinn Applied Art Triennial Society. The Triennial contributes to the development of fields of applied art and contemporary craft.

Anu Almik


12/11/2020

The 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial, taking place next year invites artists to participate in its satellite programme. The Triennial welcomes projects that relate to its theme or introduce the field of applied art in a broader sense. Submissions are open until 7 January 2021.

Merle Kasonen, the Chairwoman of the Triennial says that the satellite programme welcomes exhibitions, performances, installations and other events taking place in Tallinn between May and August 2021. “The satellite programme of the Triennial allows focusing more attention on the field of applied art as a whole,” explains Merle Kasonen. “This provides the audience with a panoramic view of the field of contemporary craft – what themes artists working in various media are exploring and what the most exciting new directions are. The coherent programme gives the audience a better overview, while the events amplify one another and allow for a diverse experience.”

The main exhibition of the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial titled “Translucency” opens at Kai Art Center on 28 May 2021 and welcomes visitors until 15 August 2021. The duration of the satellite programme is May–August 2021.

The main exhibition of the Triennial is curated by Danish glass artist and art historian Stine Bidstrup, who selected works from 24 international artists to interpret the theme. The exhibition includes various fields of applied art and focuses on the critical potential of translucency in contemporary craft. The Triennial’s main exhibition features the following artists from Estonia: Linda Aasaru, Eeva Käsper, Sandra Kosorotova, Julia Maria Künnap, Eve Margus-Villems, Helena Tuudelepp and Hanna-Maria Vanaküla.

The satellite programme of the previous Tallinn Applied Art Triennial in 2017 featured 26 exhibitions, performances, open studios and installation in various locations in Tallinn. The main exhibition of the Triennial was visited by around 5000 people during its three-month opening period and including its satellite programme, the total number of visitors to the Triennial was estimated at 30 000.

Please submit project proposals for the satellite programme of the Tallinn Applied Art Triennial before 7 January 2021 to info@trtr.ee. We kindly ask that you include the date, location and a short description of the event. Based on submissions, the Triennial compiles the satellite programme in early 2021. The Triennial introduces the satellite programme in its communications, however, (co)funding for projects is not available.

Tallinn Applied Art Triennial is an international art event established in 1997, organised by NGO Tallinn Applied Art Triennial Society. The Triennial contributes to the development of fields of applied art and contemporary craft.

Anu Almik


07/10/2020

The curator Stine Bidstrup has selected artists for the main exhibition of the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial. 24 artists from the Nordic countries, the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, Estonia and Lithuania will be addressing the phenomenon of translucency, the main theme of the 8th Triennial. The selection includes seven Estonian artists.

Danish glass artist, art historian and educator Stine Bidstrup says the selected artists and designers represent some of the best practitioners within their fields with work characterized by strong conceptual exploration, playfulness and willingness to experiment. “The Triennial will showcase new and recent works that are created and exist across intersections between fine art, craft and design making these distinctions less important,” added the curator Stine Bidstrup.

“The curatorial theme of translucency is exemplified in a myriad ways through the work of the artists; translucency as a phenomenon, as an intermediate space inhabiting the space between the polar opposites of transparency and opacity, translucency in the use of language, in politics, creating ambiguity and complexity,” described Bidstrup her approach.

The exhibition will feature various fields, techniques and materials: glass, ceramics, clay, textile, garments, photography, sculpture, installation, jewellery, weaving, video, furniture, 3D-printing and digital design.

The Triennial’s main exhibition features the following artists from Estonia: Linda Aasaru, Eeva Käsper, Sandra Kosorotova, Julia Maria Künnap, Eve Margus-Villems, Helena Tuudelepp and Hanna-Maria Vanaküla.

Other participating artists include (in alphabetical order): Andrew Bearnot (USA), Phoebe Cummings (UK), Erin Dickson (UK), Ditte Hammerstrøm (Denmark), Heidi Bach Hentze (Denmark), Helen Lee (USA), Jiyong Lee (USA), Shari Mendelson (USA), Reinoud Oudshoorn (Netherlands), Julija Pociute (Lithuania), Anne Vibeke Mou (Denmark/UK), Sandra Vaka (Norway), Sissi Westerberg (Sweden), Karlyn Sutherland (UK), Grethe Sørensen (Denmark) and Wang & Söderström (Sweden/Denmark).

The main exhibition of the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial “Translucency” opens at Kai Art Center in Port Noblessner in Tallinn (Estonia) on 28 May 2021 and welcomes visitors until 15 August 2021.

Tallinn Applied Art Triennial is an international art event established in 1997, organised by NGO Tallinn Applied Art Triennial Society. The Triennial contributes to the development of fields of applied art and contemporary craft.

Anu Almik


18/06/2020

The next Tallinn Applied Art Triennial will be curated by Stine Bidstrup, a Danish glass artist and art historian, whose curatorial concept focuses on the phenomenon of translucency both in contemporary craft and in a broader social context. The 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial opens at Kai Art Center on 28 May 2021.

The main exhibition of the triennial titled “Translucency” is built around Stine Bidstrup’s curatorial concept and features around twenty artists. A quarter of the participating artists will be selected among Estonian artists during curatorial visits to Estonia in summer 2020.

Merle Kasonen, the chairwoman of the triennial, highlighted the curatorial concept’s resonance in various fields of applied art as well as its broader implications in the contemporary world. “As Stine pointed out, depending on the context, translucency can reveal what is hidden or conceal what is seemingly visible,” added Merle Kasonen.

For example, the curator expanded on how wide use and promotion of glass (and transparency) indicates power and economic surplus, but when transparency is proclaimed as a sign of openness in architecture or politics or elsewhere, it is more often than not a sign of opacity, of not being able to see what is really going on. Looking in and looking out do not take place on equal grounds – transparency on the surface can, in fact, hide hermetic power structures and hierarchies. However, opacity, too, can be of value and at times, truly necessary,” explains Stine Bidstrup, whose curatorial concept centres what is in-between the two extremities – translucency.

Stine Bidstrup is a Danish glass artist, educator and art historian whose work and research explores optical phenomena, and interprets and brings ideas about utopian, architectural visions to life through glass sculptures, installation and video. Her curiosity revolves around the power of perception and power of context and point of view in constructing our understanding through vision and how the human eye and mind are always engaged in myriad determinations and negotiations.

Bidstrup holds art degrees from The Rhode Island School of Design and The Royal Danish Academy of Art School of Design and a degree in art history from The University of Copenhagen. She has taught in Denmark and internationally. She maintains a studio in Copenhagen, goes to Småland Sweden to blow glass, and is represented by Heller Gallery in New York and FUMI Gallery in London.

The 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial opens at Kai Art Center in Port Noblessner on 28 May 2021 and will remain open to visitors until 15 August 2021.

Tallinn Applied Art Triennial is an international art event established in 1997, organised by NGO Tallinn Applied Art Triennial Society. The triennial contributes to the development of fields of applied art and contemporary craft.

Anu Almik


14/07/2017

The 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial is coming to end, the main exhibition at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design is open until 23 July. The last exhibition of the satellite programme, “The perfect landscape. Earth, wood, fire, water”, by ceramic artist Karin Kalman is open until the beginning of August.

Karin Kalman. The perfect landscape. Photo: Tiit Rammul

The exhibition, displaying wood firing, opens on Monday, 17 July at HOP Gallery (Hobusepea 2). The artist will exhibit a collage of works burnt in different firing kilns. The emphasis is on the interplay of unglazed surfaces, the work of fire, the use of different clays together and, for contrast’ sake, interposing these with white delicate porcelain pieces. The second part of the exhibition is made up of a series of wheel-thrown porcelain cups, fired over several years in different wood or gas kilns, displaying the widely divergent results one can get while using the same glazes.

The exhibition “The perfect landscape. Earth, wood, fire, water” will be open until 1 August.

The main exhibition of the triennial “Ajavahe. Time Difference” is open to visitors until 23 July, Wed–Sun, 11–18. This Saturday, 15 July at 12.00 everyone is welcome to take part in the last guided tour, led by inventor and textile artist Kadi Pajupuu. The tour is in Estonian and about an hour long. Entry with museum ticket, which also grants access to the new permanent exhibition on the second floor of the museum.

 

Anu Almik


17/05/2017

In May the satellite programme of 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial features five new exhibitions.

Photo: Andrey Kulpin

Sofia Hallik: Born-Digitals vol.2
12.05-02.06.2017, Draakon gallery (Pikk 18)
Mon-Fri 11-18, Sat 11-17

Sofia Hallik is a jewellery artist who is interested in the way суberspace and digital technology influence jewellery.

“Born-Digitals vol.2” was initially planned as a sequel of the first exhibition “Born-Digitals”, that was on show earlier this year. However, works from the first exhibition went missing, and thus the author decided to portray the essence of the lost works via their digital phantoms, namely through videos, photos, comments, screenshots that still remain in the cyberspace. Even though we may never see the pieces in their physical form, their digital imprint allows us to virtualize the material form of the jewellery.

Photo: Ken Oja

Sandra Kossorotova: Precarious State of Mind
15.-30.05.2017, Hop gallery (Hobusepea 2)
Thu-Tue 11-18

Sandra Kossorotova is a designer and artist who’s artistic practice focuses on the relationship between socio-political powers and the human bodies.

In her solo show Precarious State of Mind the artist explores mental health as socio-political and ideological issues, rather than personal and biological problems. The show features new digitally printed textiles by Sandra Kossorotova. The fabrics were produced during her graduate placement at the Centre for Advanced Textiles at the Glasgow School of Arts.

Estonian Academy of Arts’ glass art department students: Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. Vol 2
16.-20.05.2017, Estonian Academy of Arts’ foyer gallery (Estonia pst 7)
Mon-Sun 10-20

The second year students of the Estonian Academy of Arts’ Glass Art Department present their works, approaching the essence of the human soul in various ways – they look into desires and obsessions, reflecting back at us again and again.

Participating artists: Elvira Beljajeva, Marie Järva, Eva-Maria Mirzojeva and Gerti-Carmen Tein.

Photo: Mariliis Kapp

Estonian Academy of Arts’ ceramics department students: TIME Keepers
19.-31.05.2017, Jahuladu (Rotermanni 8)
Mon-Sun 10-20

What is time? Does time exist? Does it really flow? How differently do we perceive time? Is physical time objective? Time has great social importance and value. Do we perceive it as a limited resource? The second year ceramics students of Estonian Academy of Arts interpret the meaning of time.

Participating artists: Cathy Saarm, Merilin Tartes, Mariliis Kapp, Mart Vaarpuu, Joosep Pihl.

Photo: Liina Lelov

Estonian Academy of Arts’ jewellery and blacksmithing students: Observa(c)tion
19.05-04.06.2017, Russian Theatre (Vabaduse väljak 5)
Tue-Sun 14-18

The second year students of the Estonian Academy of Arts’ Jewellery and Blacksmithing Department present a multi sensory inquiry into people’s behaviour patterns and daily rituals. Is this a hidden or public observation, are we observing ourselves or others – these questions will be answered at the exhibition. The works are made of materials like iron, glass, silk, ashes, brass, precious wood, porcelain, precious stones.

Participating artists: Anastassia Nikitina, Claudia Lepik, Liisbeth Kirss, Liina Lelov, Kätlin Kokk, Veronika Ovsyannikova, Sigrid Kuusk, Ljubov Kedrina, Marilin Laas (glass artist), Kaia Ansip, Liisbet Linntamm.

Anu Almik


25/04/2017

The Grand Prix of the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial was awarded to Belgian artist Octave Vandeweghe for his series of objects “Cultured Manners”. The second place went to Villu Plink and Silja Saarepuu from Estonia and the third prize was won by Lithuanian artists Jurgita Erminaité-Šimkuvienéle.

All three prize winners clearly present the leading idea of the main exhibition, time difference. They all showcase engagement with the past, present and future; all works make visible also the geological time. The jury appreciated the quality of the craft and the merging of idea, materials and a humorous approach.

The series of utensils made of polished precious stones titled “Cultured manners” by Belgian artist Octave Vandeweghe. Photo: Liina Lelov

The series of utensils made of polished precious stones titled “Cultured manners” by Belgian artist Octave Vandeweghe verges on the lines of functionality and beauty. In the words of the jury, it brings together hi-tech and low-tech, synthetic and natural. “The work presents hints to functionality, at the same time being impractical, and it also contains tension between made and found objects,” said the international jury. In the series Ocatve Vandeweghe uses citrine, phantom quartz and verneuil sapphire.

A still frame from the video “Carpet”. Authors Villu Plink and Silja Saarepuu.

The second prize was awarded to Villu Plink and Silja Saarepuu for their video “Carpet” showing the endless process of ploughing a field into a carpet. “It is a whimsical, light hearted, grounded work with multiple layers that also brings together traditional and modern techniques and media,” remarked the jury. This work also received the Purchase Prize of the Estonian Applied Art and Design Museum, which means the video will be bought for the museum’s collection.

Jurgita Erminaité-Šimkuvienét “It’s Only a Question of Time”. Photo: author

The third award was given to Lithuanian artist Jurgita Erminaité-Šimkuvienét, whose amber flypaper is titled “It’s Only a Question of Time”. The jury observed that the essence of this usually dirt-attracting everyday object is well captured and at the time transformed into something precious. “As the amber also contains ancient insects in its bubbles, the theme of capture is bringing different time scales together into a beautiful whole,” remarked the jury.

The jury was made up of Norwegian art critic and editor André Gali, Finnish jewellery artist and manager of Fine Arts in the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences Eija Mustonen, glass artist and Assistant Professor of Sculpture in the art field group at Pitzer College (USA) Sarah Gilbert, philosopher, critic and lecturer Eik Hermann and gallerist, translator and writer Keiu Krikmann from Estonia.

The grand prix included an award fund of 2500€, the second and third prize respectively 1500€ and 1000€.

The main exhibition of 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial “Ajavahe. Time Difference” at the Estonian Museum Applied Art and Design (Lai 17, Tallinn) is open until 23 July. The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11–18, closed on Monday and Tuesday and Estonian national holidays.

 

Anu Almik


20/04/2017

The main exhibition of the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial will be opened in the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design this Friday, 21 April. The opening weekend of the triennial will include guided tours at the main exhibition, but also artist talks. Prior to the opening of the main exhibition everyone is invited to take part in the seminar and extensive satellite programme.

The thematic main exhibition of the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial features artists from Nordic countries, Central Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Israel, but also China, Taiwan, USA and Canada. Their artworks reflecting on the concept of time were chosen to the exhibition out of 256 works submitted to the open call. The exhibition includes ceramics, jewellery, glass, textile and blacksmithing, but also video and large-scale installations.

It is also possible to visit the main exhibition in the Estonian Applied Art and Design Museum (Lai 17) with a tour guide. The first guided tours will take place on Saturday, 22 April at 11.00 (in Estonian) and at 16.00 (in English) and on Sunday, 23 April (in Russian). To participate in the guided tour museum ticket is required; the duration of the tour is approximately an hour.

On Saturday, 22 April everyone is welcome to meet the artists taking part of the main exhibition. From 12.00–15.00 the artists will be giving presentations at the Loewenschede tower (Kooli 7).

In addition to the main exhibition the triennial features an extensive satellite programme. This week alone will include 10 solo and group exhibition openings, as well as sound and participatory installations, a glass art project taking place in various cafés in Tallinn, a seminar on art mediation and many other events. To get more information on the opening weekend programme, see here.

Anu Almik