Open Wed-Sun 11.00-18.00 / 17 Lai Street Tallinn, 10133 Estonia


PRESS RELEASE 19.10.2009


5. Tallinn applied art triennial 2009


On 11 November in the Estonian Academy of Arts gallery, the lights will go down on a cultural forum that is unique in Europe – a series of exhibitions and international seminar that transcend geographic borders and encompass both applied art and design.


Know How will train a roving spotlight on the essence and purpose of applied art, as well as on the relationships between the artist/designer, professional skills and the consumer/audience. All of the exhibits come literally supplied with instructions – anyone can take a copy of the manual home with them and see for themselves how applied art is born and what it feels like to be a designer.

The triennial consists of three exhibitions, each with a curator: the main exhibition, Know How, based on an idea by Kärt Maran, which will be opened on 13 November at the Museum of Applied Art and Design. The Estonian Academy of Arts will host a satellite exhibition entitled “Estonian Academy of Arts Know How. Isn’t It So Simple?” (curated by Eeva Käsper and Tiina Sarapu). And the Kai Lobjakas-curated satellite exhibition “Practical Kunst ja Kodu” will open at the Hobusepea Gallery on 13 November, devoted to the memory of a legendary periodical born in the lean but fertile conditions of socialism.


Friday, 13 November will also be noteworthy for a prestigious seminar to be held in the main hall of the Puppet Theatre. Key speakers at the seminar include the main exhibition’s curator Kärt Maran, Tartu Art College teacher Erika Pedak (the idea of DIY, position of handicraft in the early 20th century and outlets), the German-Israeli designer Ronen Kadushin (innovative design concept focusing on the topic of creative liberty), the sociologist Margit Keller (the effect of things on people; consumerism and its potential transformation in the world), music producer Hannes Praks (problems of open-source design in a technologically developing world) and Tavs Jorgensen, a member of Autonomatic, a British group of applied artists and designers (use of new technologies).


The seminar continues on 2 December with a presentation by Dutch designer Marije Vogelzang in the Estonian Academy of Arts auditorium where she will discuss conceptualizations of the process of eating. Indeed, Vogelzang uses food to convey her design ideas and she has come up with a unique way to deal with eating from the vantage point of psychology, culture and design.


On 14 November, the artists selected at the triennial competition will present current and past work in the Academy of Arts auditorium. This year’s triennial received applications from 142 artists – a total of 176 works from 28 countries: Latvia, Finland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, France, Slovakia, Spain, Greece, Israel, Taiwan, Russia, the US, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Iceland, Thailand, Switzerland, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Serbia and Estonia. The triennial jury chose works from 38 artists to appear in the main exhibition.


The main exhibition will run until 21 February 2010.


This year’s triennial has received generous support from the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Heritage Department, the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, the Estonian Academy of Arts, the Estonian Artists’ Association and Three Sisters Hotel.

All of the events are free of charge. Advance registration (latest for 2nd November) for the seminar and the presentations day



More information:

Curator: Kärt Maran


Ketli Tiitsar





« Back