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Exhibitions 2017

European Cultural Lifestyle in Ceramics
From Baroque until Today
The exhibition curated by the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza combines the ceramics collections of nine museums in order to present an overview of changes in ceramics from the 17th century to modern day Europe. The exhibition gives a thorough overview of the history of European ceramics, introducing true classics of the art form to the local public. This is part of the wide-ranging ceramics project, “Ceramics and Its Dimensions”, also involving ETDM and is supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme. The exhibition will arrive in Tallinn from the well-known Stoke-On-Trent ceramics centre and will then move on to Riga.

Food and Vessel
The ceramics department of the Estonian Academy of Arts has for many years led a project that aims to bring together young ceramicists and local cafes and restaurants.
The designers, focusing on the special needs and requests of each client, have come up with their own solutions and created items and sets that characterise the particularities and personalities of each unique restaurant or cafe. Straying from a standardised environment, these create an intimacy between the customer and the food.


Permanent Exhibition of Estonian Applied Art
Collected Works
Beginning Spring 2017
The permanent exhibition of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design provides an opportunity to see an overview of the development of Estonian applied art and the work of practicing artists and formerly practicing artists from the beginning of the previous century until now. The exhibition is driven by the desire to make accessible as extensive a range from the museum’s collection as possible, while maintaining the principles of the original collection as much as possible. All together there are more than 2000 works on display.
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EKA Leatherwork Department 100
The leatherwork department of the Estonian Academy of Arts will celebrate an important milestone on 1 March 2017. The exhibition organised for its 100th birthday presents a collection of the most outstanding works of the last one hundred years that have made their way into the leatherwork department’s archives. Even though the leather bindings, boxes, bags and so on are decades apart and reflect different aesthetic beliefs, they have abandoned their timelines and partake in a friendly dialogue in the museum’s stair gallery. These distinct items demonstrate the students’ creative devotion and consistently accurate execution through the ages.


7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial
Time Difference
The theme of the 7th International Tallinn Applied Art Triennial is “Ajavahe. Time Difference”. It examines time and different ways of approaching it. For the main exhibition the judges chose 49 works out of 256 applications, with artists from 19 different countries. The 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial is organised by a new team led by Merle Kasonen. You can check out the triennial’s sizable programme and news on the website
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With and Without the Fashion House
60 years ago the foundation was laid for the legendary Tallinn Fashion House. Inspired by this important day, fashion artists that worked in the fashion house during the 1980s, Anu Johanson, Anu Hint, Anu Strandberg, Heli Kohk, Hilja Tüür, Ivo
Nikkolo, Kai Saar,Katrin Kasesalu,Krista Kajandu, Liivi Raid, Saima Krik, Tiiu Akberg ja Zoja Järg, will show their work in the fashion house. Two sets from each designer will be on show – an exemplar completed in the fashion house and one introducing current work – complemented by the recollections and drawings of the fashion designers. The exhibition is curated by Anu Hint.

Framing Fashion in Soviet Estonia. Photographer Boris Mäemets
Boris Mäemets was one of the most important Soviet Estonian photographers, who dealt intensively with documenting interior architecture and applied art. His approach to the work completed in the fashion house, and photographs of collections for the fashion house journal, Siluett, formed the basis for modern Estonian fashion photography and helped establish a broader understanding of fashion in Estonia. ETDM has an extensive collection of Boris Mäetamm’s fashion photography from the 1960s and 70s from which the curator, Anne Vetik, will make a selection for the exhibition.
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The City and the Forest
The Polish contemporary design landscape is one of the most colourful and lively in Europe. The aim of the project The City and the Forest is to draw attention to the creatures living in cities – birds, insects and mammals. The selected designers have been tasked with creating nest boxes for them, to reflect their experiences and concerns about the environment. Through these speaks a desire to reconcile city life and being close to nature. The curator of the exhibition is Ewa Solarz / WILK Open Cluster of Design.

Classics. Helle and Taevo Gans
The 17th exhibition in the classics series focuses on the creative tandem formed by Helle and Taevo Gans – a remarkable pair on the Estonian design landscape. Both have proven themselves as independent artists, yet also pulled off outstanding projects together. They were active participants in a period that began in the second half of the 1960s in which the traditions and practices in design and interior architecture went through a myriad of changes. They excelled as designers of important architectural structures, as a rule, realised in a modernist style. At the beginning of the 1990s, they successfully adjusted their work for new circumstances.
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Heatproof. Maie Mikof-Liivik

Glass artist, Maie Mikof, graduated from ERKI in 1967, and worked for a few years in the Art Products Factory ARS as a porcelain painter. Since 1975, she has been a self-employed artist. She has through many decades primarily used the hot glass technique, but has also made work using the mould-blowing method. Since the 1990s, she has taken to lampworking, which has enabled both the making of more delicate forms and the exploration of respective themes. Maie Mikof is one of those artists, whose work has consistently reached the museum’s collection over many decades and who represents the many directions of 1970s and 80s glass art.