“Kitchen. Changing Space, Design and Applied Art in Estonia”
This exhibition takes a look at the development of the kitchen as a space and the associated changes in the world of objects, as well as one-off pieces related to the theme of kitchen in Estonia.
In the early decades of the 20th century the kitchen became caught up in the great whirlwinds of change, when greater attention was paid to efficiency, which primarily came about with the process of industrialisation, but changes to a great extent also resulted from ideas about hygiene, the position of women and the post-war housing crisis. In this exhibition, important changes that affected the kitchen as an environment are on show – the eventual arrival in Estonia of the concept of the modern idea of an open kitchen, which today is quite common, through the minimal kitchen designed for the small Soviet-era apartments and the different versions of kitchen furniture, mostly produced by the Standard experimental furniture factory.
The relationship between Estonian design and applied art, and the theme of the kitchen over a period of just under a hundred years and what it is today, will be communicated through a variety of objects, plans, designs and abundant photographic material.
Exhibition curated by Kai Lobjakas.
Exhibition design by Arhitektuuribüroo Kolm Pluss Üks.
A new permanent exhibition of applied art
Today, the collection of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design mostly comprises one-off pieces of applied art, which was the result of active systematic collecting in the early 1950s and has been the central focus of the museum through the decades.
With this permanent exhibition the museum wishes to provide an overview of the development of applied art through its traditional disciplines (glass, ceramics, porcelain, jewellery, metalwork, leather and textiles) over the last one hundred years. The aim is to display as much of the collection as possible – to provide a comprehensive study collection-type overview of the disciplines and makers.
The permanent exhibition is put together by Kai Lobjakas, Airi Ligi, Anne Tiivel, Helen Adamson, Ketli Tiitsar and Merike Alber. Exhibition design by architect Karli Luik.
“Local beauty. Glass Factory Tarbeklaas”
The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design continues its tradition of addressing the mapping, contextualising and presentation of the history of Estonian design through different disciplines, phenomena and enterprises.
This exhibition focuses on the company Tarbeklaas, the only glassware producer in the ESSR. The factory’s varied production, which spanned five decades, and the Estonian artists who worked there, provide the opportunity to present this company from the viewpoint of design and economic history and reveals the characteristics of the enterprise, methods of production, design approaches and output, both for the ordinary museum visitor and collectors.
The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design has an extensive collection of Tarbeklaas product samples, which were acquired in the 1990s when ownership of the company changed hands. In addition, the exhibition will also include a large number of items from private collections and supported by archival material.
The exhibition is curated by Triin Jerlei and Kai Lobjakas. Exhibition design by Oaas Arhitektid.
"Vicious Circle" is a cooperation project between two designers, Raili Keiv (EST) and Studio Hanna Whitehead (ISL). Their starting point is circle as a geometric form taking it to different outputs. Both designers have in recent years been interested in experimenting with tableware where tests with uncommon materials, unusual proportions, common everyday details and humour meet.
“Classics. Ivi Laas”
The Estonian collection of decorative leatherwork includes many book-bindings, albums, visitors' books and containers by Ivi Laas, who graduated from the Estonian State Art Institute (ESAI) in 1966 and became a member of the Estonian Artists' Association in 1971. Since then she has participated in exhibitions locally and abroad, worked as a freelance artist and lecturer at ESAI since 1981 (associate professor 1992–1997 and then a non-tenured lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts until the present day). Between 1966 and 2002 she designed products for the Art Products Factory ARS. She has been a member of the Estonian Artist’s Association art board, conducted master classes and given lectures on leatherwork in Finland, Tallinn Cultural University and the Open Academy of the Estonian Academy of Arts. Ivi Laas has worked in both traditional and more experimental leatherwork. Her prolific practice is characterised by attention to detail and exacting production.
The exhibition is curated by Airi Ligi.
Design with a sea view. A visual tale nature and design intersections.
Contemporary design from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden.
"Roundabout Baltic" is a narrative exhibition. It fails to tell us about standing of design in the Baltic States. Ot is not an academic analysis. It does not prove anything. It is an exhibition about designing with a sea view. About unconscious typologies, about intent gaze, about experience. It is an exhibition about the way of thinking or maybe seeing that makes the designers originating from these countries, connected.
„The exhibition was born out of personal reasons. At its beginnings there were experineces from travels. Or rather something more elusive. An impression. While travelling, I have noticed that there are places where I feel at home. Places I don’t need to learn, because tjey are comprehensible although I have never been there before. Known-before sights, combinations of forms and colors that seem familiar. I have grasped with time that I get this impression in places realted to the sea. With the Baltic Sea. Not always and not only there, however, but it was so palpable that I began to seek for a pattern“, says Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, curator of the exhibition.
Estonian designer included to the exhibition are Mare Kelpman, Toivo Raidmets, Raili Keiv Annike Laigo, Johanna Tammsalu, Derelict Furniture.
Organizer: Regional Museum Stalowa Wola
Partners: Museum of the City of Gdynia, Design Centre Gdynia – the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park, Form/Design Center Malmö, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Polish Institute in Stockholm
Content support: Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Co-financed through the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
There may be changes to the exhibition schedule.