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PRESS RELEASE 30.05.2005
ETDM opens its doors with two new exhibitions
The Museum of Applied Art and Design that was closed for several months will be opened again to all visitors on the 2nd June 2005. During three months there were made reconstruction works, as to give the museum (which started in a former granary building in 1980) a contemporary appearance.

As one of the major novelties could be mentioned the breaking up of the partition wall between the main building and the adjacent building. Some walls were removed from the interior of the adjacent house as well, in order to create more space especially for visitors. The rooms until now functioning as office space have been turned into visitors’ cloakroom and ticket office-information point. The new interior design has reserved a place also for a small museum shop where can be purchased Estonian applied art and design and related literature. Also toilets, foyer, and the front door underwent a “refreshment therapy”.

The authors of the project were architect Inga Raukas from ArhitektuuriAgentuur and interior architect Monika Löve.
Reconstruction works were carried out by Rihti Projekt.

On account of the museum’s field of activity, only Estonian design and custom-made furniture and lamps were used. The furnishings for ticket office and information point were made at Standard ja Nordsellers, the recreational furniture for visitors by Hea Ruum, toilets and cloakroom furniture by Timbermeister, hallway lamps and display cases by Hord. Thanks to the support from Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Hedegren enterprise, one exhibition hall received a contemporary Erco lighting system.

Under the tight budget circumstances, the outcomes are somewhat more modest than originally planned, but the work is to be continued.

After a couple of decades it is possible to have a detailed picture of the history of Estonian leather art. Almost all Estonians have heard at least something about the legendary Eduard Taska and his workshop. But how much do such names as Carl Unger and Mihkel Uleman, both of whom bound books before Taska already, one in Tartu and the other in St. Petersburg, tell our public? Who were active simultaneously with Taska and later, what was done in the 1950s, what was the pace of recovery during the thaw in the 1960s, what was the general picture in our leather art in the 1970s and 1980s and what was the impression left by the last decade of the past century?
Has the 21st century brought about some essentially novel aspects?
The number of authors exhibited amounts to fifty, the most recent works are dated from 2005. The visitor can see works of art that have not yet become museum objects although they deserve it indeed (works privately owned by the Estonian leather artists, primarily the authors themselves as well as a selection of the course and diploma pieces of the students of the departments of leather art of the Estonian Academy of Art and Tartu Art College as the possible future trends).
The lion's share of the items comes from the collection of leather art of the ETDM, the largest in Estonia with its 1700 items.
What is different today compared to the days gone by, what has been spared by the changes and what we have been taught to see from a new angle – this is just what the Bookmark is striving to mark.
Exhibition architect: Siiri Nõva
Airi Ligi
Curator of the exhibition Bookmark
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SCRIPTA MANENT III – international exhibition of book binding
"The Best Thing in the World"
02.06.- 02.10.2005

The exhibition Scripta manent III (writing remains) with the concurrent conference organized by the Estonian Association of Designer Bookbinders continues the tradition of international exhibitions of artistic bookbinding in Estonia. This time the books will be exhibited in the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design at Lai Street 17 in Tallinn. The exhibits are based on pieces of children’s creative writing from the Sten Roos fairytale competition and the magazine „Good Child“. The young authors of the selected 22 fairytales were 7 to 15 years old pupils at the moment of writing. The collection “The Best Thing in the World“ (the title was borrowed from Heiki Int, one of the authors) has been printed in 300 numbered copies.

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