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PRESS RELEASE 01.02.2006

29.10 – 15.01.2006 AN ARCHIVE 
During its 25 years of existence, the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design has succeeded to initiate, compile, and organise nearly 190 exhibitions considering it one of its main activities.
During the second half of the year 2005, it is possible to view a retrospective summary of these years and these exhibitions by means of photos of displays and exhibited items.

25.11 – 29.01.2006 TARMO LUISK. Solo exhibition.
Tarmo Luisk is probably the best-known name on the scene of contemporary Estonian design. Above anything else he is associated with lamp design. Indeed, it is his favourite field, but designing furniture has been equally important for him.
Luisk graduated Estonian Academy of Arts in 1996 and already the next year his first and until today very successful set of lamps “Basic” was born.
As appropriate for good design, a compromise of simplicity and cleverness is characteristic of the Luisk’s works. At the exhibition at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Luisk, being an aspiring creative person, does his best to present a combination of what has already been done and new prototypes.

26.11 – 29.01.2006 From the series of Classics. Glass artist EINO MÄELT
The exhibition provides an overview of the entire creative path of the glass artist Eino Mäelt (born 1940). Eino Mäelt as an experimental glass blower and –artist started its career with designing and realizing the production of glass factory “Tarbeklaas”. He has been taking part in exhibitions since 1969. In form design, he has a preference for simple geometrical shapes and loves bright and pure colours. He takes an interest in the options of designing the internal structure of thick float glass. Mäelt has also created monumental glass compositions (partition wall at the Tallinn Oncology Centre, 1983) and plastic glass art (“To Another Time, to Another Place”, 1995).

Emergence of an alternative design culture. Examples from German design.
Everybody knows how complicated it is to achieve simple solutions. This is true also in regard of design. The exhibition "Conscious, simple – consciously simple. Emergence of an alternative design culture" is not an attempt to offer ready-made answers to the “simplicity question” by application of tested alternatives. Rather the aim is set at determining varied requirements to the "consciously simple" and the notions related, demonstrating initial development phases from the conceptual approach to the actual design, and at discussing various proposals through controversial emphases and individual aspects. There are over 100 items at the exhibition that comprise the value of „consciously simple“ for the curators of the exhibition. Simplicity can be expressed in the materials used, purpose as well as the mechanics of items.
Curators of the exhibition are Volker Albus, Markus Bach and Monika Wall.
The exhibition is compiled for Ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).

04.02– 05.03.2006 VILVE UNT, 50 DRESSES, 50 CARDIGANS
The exhibition reflects Vilve Unt's recollections of the changes fashion has been subject to during the period of fifty years.
The source of inspiration for the collection comprising button -through housecoats and cardigans that have been one of the most convenient sets of clothing cherished by Estonian women through ages is the development of Estonian creative fashion design: Tallinn Fashion House was founded in 1957 and the fashion magazine Siluett appeared in 1958 for the first time. The styles of 50 dresses have been derived from original patterns of the magazine Siluett of the respective year, the patterns of the cardigans are inspired by seasons. The rotation of seasons indicates various periods in the artist's life: spring ¬– childhood and school years; summer – university years, first years at work; autumn – societal changes, changes in the creative work, educational work; winter – self-actualisation.
In addition to then dresses and cardigans displayed in tangible form the author also shows ten outfits on the large-scale photos, participating herself as a model in the staged changes in style.

18.03. – 21.05.2006 TWO CLOSE ONES Tallinn Applied Art Triennial
The year 2006 will witness the fourth Applied Art Triennial of Tallinn. The art event having developed from the triennials of applied art of the Baltic countries (took place in Tallinn starting from 1979) has to date developed into one of the most relevant forums of applied art and design without geographic restrictions in this region.
The subject of this triennial “Two close ones” was elaborated by the working group consisting of the members of the Tallinn Applied Art Triennial Society. The focus is on the relationship of the artist with the object someone else had designed earlier through the creation of a new object, be it by infringing the „rules“ and breaking traditions, opening up new aspects or just explaining and finding inspiration.
Triennials are organised by the Tallinn Applied Art Triennial Society.

10.06. – 13.08.2006 Glass artists PILVI OJAMAA and LEIDA JÜRGEN
Leida Jürgen and Pilvi Ojamaa are two honourable representatives of Estonian professional glass art who graduated from the State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR among the first students of Prof. Maks Roosma. Both artists share two common traits – they have worked as artists in glass factory and their unique creative work is an evidence of their love for the engraving. The exhibition provides an interesting opportunity to compare the creative pieces of two Estonian artists who have worked in extremely dissimilar conditions and environments.
Leida Jürgen worked from 1955 to 1990 as an artist in the Factory of Artistic Glass in Leningrad, specialising in the production of crystal. L. Jürgen designed large sets and decorative forms, performed orders. Using all traditional methods the artist exposed the optics and glitter of crystal while also introducing novel processes. Her forms covered in figural and floral compositions, executed in engraving convey lyrical and nostalgic undertones.
Pilvi Ojamaa worked as an artist in the glass factory Tarbeklaas in Tallinn from 1965 to 1991. She has designed glass tableware, sets and decorative objects applying an array of various approaches. In her original works she uses engraving, having achieved high mastery in depicting female body in movement.

16.06. – 09.07.2006 MOTIFS AND SHADOWS, jewellery of Anneli Tammik and Christoph Zellweger (Switzerland)
Anneli Tammik and Christoph Zellweger are two contemporary jewellery artists sharing a similar mentality and united by the interest in new technologies, intent to combine beauty and aesthetics and to create a new language of form. Ornaments, motifs distributed symmetrically and creating an adornment serve as the key works of the exhibition.
Both works completed at earlier times as well as jewellery and luminous objects created especially for that project are exhibited. The concept of the exhibition builds on the „shadow theatre”, a part of the pieces of jewellery being projected on the textile screens as oversize shadows.

17.06.2006 ETDM will open a new PERMANENT DISPLAY reflecting history and nowadays of Estonian applied art and design.

15.07. – 13.08.2006 ON PINS AND NEEDLES. Exhibition of modern needlework
When limbs get numb, it is said that one is getting needles and pins. Numbness results from staying in one position for a long time, staying motionless. From long-term prejudice. In this exhibition, the link connecting the artists is the old feminine handicraft – needlework. What could a positive exhibition of needlework look like where needlework reveals itself in social installations, baroque richness, intimate quotations, that is what Kadi Pajupuu, the curator of the exhibition, is striving to work out. The call to the artists indicated that the works must be connectable with the needlework as a method where the tool is the needle. The jury selecting the works for the exhibition will this time be made up of male members (journalist, interior decorator, merchant, artist, and historian).

19.08. – 17.09.2006 AHEAD OF TIMES. Graphic design of cultural publications in the Estonian SSR, with an emphasis on 1970
The exhibition represents graphic design of the cultural publications having been published in Estonia in the period when design became a separate subject. The designs of Tõnis Vint, Leo Lapin, Andres Tolts and Ando Keskküla for the almanac Kunst (Art) and the magazine Kunst ja Kodu (Art and Home) form a notable token in the history of Estonian graphic design. The striking design of the cultural weekly Sirp ja Vasar (Sickle and Hammer) (Tõnu Soo) is in a class by itself and could find international recognition as well. Original copies of journals and newspapers as well as enlargements of selected pages are displayed. The organisers also intend to publish a catalogue containing interviews with the artists and selected design examples.
The exhibition will be organised by the Estonian Association of Graphic Design Artists.

The determined provision of design education in Estonia started in 1966. During the 1980s and 1990s the department was referred to as the Faculty of Design Studies, as a generalising term. Starting from 1995 two separate departments, Department of Graphic Design and Department of Product Design were established, that soon were moved into different faculties.
The aim of the exhibition is to demonstrate the levels that design education has reached by the year 2006, what is done in the college and who the instructors here are. The aim is to show the wide range of modern design and the vistas opening for the undertakings, public sector as well as on more general terms for the enhancement of life quality. The presentation aspires to release the stories, relations, systems, services and philosophies that are hidden in the design objects. Creative works of both the students as well as the lecturers are displayed.
The exhibition will be organized by the Product Design Departement of Estonian Academy of Art.

23.09. – 19.11.2006 Classics. Jewellery artist LEILI KULDKEPP
Leili Kuldkepp is one of the top names in the Estonian jewellery art. Leili Kuldkepp's jewellery, executed in the simple geometric patterns in the 1970s, using jade, agate, chalcedony or mammoth bones offered an alternative for the figures inspired by the Nature that had dominated the scene for decades already at that time. Besides traditional stones used in jewellery Leili Kuldkepp also uses minerals that can be found in Estonia, especially in the island of Saaremaa The artist finishes, cuts and polishes all the stones in her own hands.
In late 1980s the subjects related to Estonia became prevalent among the creative works of the artist – series of jewellery building on the mythological topics “Circle of life”, “Beliefs” etc. The edges of grey, white or black stone circles are branded with small and large footprints or crosses – symbols of yearnings. The same subject is also extended to the wall plates “Nights towards mornings” and the set of plates “Estonia”.

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