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PRESS RELEASE 20.03.2006

On 17 March the Tallinn Applied Art Triennial „TWO CLOSE ONES” was opened in the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design.

Traditionally three award winners, one for Grand Prix and two for equal 2nd prizes were made public at the opening of the main exhibition in the museum.

The prize jury of the triennial:
Lesley Jackson (freelance critic and curator) UK
Jaan Elken (artist, president of Estonian Artists Association) Estonia
Urmas Viik (artist, professor of Fine Art Graphic Departement of Estonian Academy OF Arts) Estonia
Ele Praks (member of the Board of Triennial Society, artist, journalist) Estonia
Kai Lobjakas (member of the Board of Triennial Society, art historian) Estonia
The prize jury proposed after getting acquainted with the concepts of the artists and a long discussion to give the awards to the following artists:
Grand Prix: “Animal Love”, artists group MUKI (Kersti Laanmaa, Tiit Rammul), Estonia

II prize: “Napkin-Collar”, Caro Bärtling, The Netherlands

II prize: “The Power of the Earth”, Piret Valk, Estonia

The year 2006 is witnessing the fourth international triennial in row. The art event that developed from the triennials of applied art of the Baltic countries (took place in Tallinn from 1979) has to date remained the single forum in Europe involving all areas of applied art and design without geographic restrictions.
The theme of this triennial “Two Close Ones” was provided by the working group consisting of the members of the Society. In the center of interest lies the artist’s relationship with the previously designed object through a new creation, be it through “breaking the rules” and breaking loose from the traditions, disclosing some new aspects in them, or by simply explaining them, understanding them and being inspired by them. Photos of the objects having served as the source of inspiration are also displayed in the exhibition and in the catalogue next to artist works.

A total of 332 applications were received from the artists from Austria, Belgium, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Estonia, Spain, Holland, Croatia, England, Italy, Japan, Canada, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, France, Sweden, Germany, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Hungary and Russia - from 27 countries in total.
The jury of the triennial (Karin Paulus, Martin Pärn, Tiina Sarapu, Urmas Viik and Ketli Tiitsar) examined the forms of the 291 artists received anonymously. Proceeding from the rules of the triennial, the jury selected 113 works of 90 artists from a total of 15 countries.

The selected works were published in a catalogue (176 pages)

Wendy Ramshaw, an English jewellery artist is the special guest of honour of the triennial

Unlike earlier triennials satellite exhibitions in the galleries of Tallinn take place in addition to the main exhibition in the Museum.

. Starting from mid-eighties of the last century the artist's attention has been caught by the women painted by Pablo Picasso. The range of female beauty and emotions rendered by Picasso on the canvas inspired W. Ramshaw to create pieces of jewellery to match each painting. 5 pieces of jewellery together with the reproductions of the paintings of Picasso are displayed at the triennial.
On 16 March at 17.00 the exhibition “TWO CLOSE ONES, CLOSE TO THE EVERYDAY” of the students of jewellery of the first and second year of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Holland) was opened in the gallery of the Estonian Academy of Arts interpreting the subject of the triennial. 
Students were asked to choose a special object and to analyze that in hundred drawings and collages. Then, through the introduction of a range of different technical skills they learned how to transform that object. There were 15 students participating, authors and tutors of the project were
Hilde De Decker, Evert Nijland, Ellert Haitjema, Erik Mattijssen, Pieter Elbers.

On 17 March at 17.00

exhibition “BIG SCIENCE” comprising solely of the examples of the Estonian applied art and design was opened in the Hobusepea, Draakoni and A-(exhibition) galleries, curated by Anneli Porri and Pille-Triin Männik.
Why science and the applied arts? Probably because ideally both science and the applied arts have a practical nature. Also probably because of hope that science will help to treat objects in a more economic way, improve the production methods and reduce the production expenses and to introduce more universal ways of use. Because of hope that commodity items' close connection to science will help to postpone the eco-disaster, will fix some scientific facts in our knowledge base and will keep personal space from overflowing with functionless junk. Over-digitalized and software-rich IT-active applied arts are doing the latter already. Artist list: Eliisa Ehin, Leesi Erm, Jaan Evart, Helle Gans, Taevo Gans, Aadam Kaarma, Kerly Kaljuste, Anu Rajamäe, Raul Keller, Kärt Ojavee, Jaanus Orgussaar, Rudolf Pangsepp, Martin Pedanik, Julia-Maria Pihlak, Maiu Rõõmus, Peeter Talvistu, Riho Tiivel, Ruudi Treu, Maria Valdma, Tõnis Vint.
In the morning of 17 March KUMU (Estonian Museum of Art) the seminar of the triennal “Two Close Ones” took place.
Papers were given by Ave Matsin (textile artist); Jüri Kermik (designer), England; Argo Moor (cultural anthropologist)); Lesley Jackson (freelance critic and curator), England, Wendy Ramshaw (jewellery artist), England. The seminar was moderated by Kai Lobjakas.

On 18 March, on the day of presentations following artists were presenting their previous work at ETDM:
Marie-Louise Kristensen (Denmark), Andreja Petrakovic (Serbia and Montenegro), Hilde Foks (The Netherlands), Outi Liusvaara (Finland), Suzanne Esser (The Netherlands), Christine Candolin (Finland), Annett Fischer (The Netherlands), Maria Nuutinen-Mervi Kurvinen-Kati Nulpponen/Ihmeellinen Eläin (Finland), Jurgita Erminaite (Lithuania), Kristiina Uslar (Estonia), Mare Saare (Estonia), Sayaka Abe (The Netherlands), Indra Dirziene (Lithuania), Lija Rage (Latvia), Kärt Summatavet (Estonia), Renate Korinek (Austria), A. L. Lemburg (Germany), Urve Küttner (Estonia).

Graphic design of the exhibition is by Enno Piir; design of the main exhibition is by AB 3+1 Arhitektid

Triennial is kindly supported by:
Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture, British Council Estonia, Arts Council England, Estonian Artists Association, Tallinn City, Print Well Systems

(Andres Ojari, Markus Kaasik and Ilmar Valdur, Raul Kalvo ja Kadri Kerge).

Further information:
Ketli Tiitsar; +372 627 4602, +372 552 8904

Grand Prix: “Animal Love”, artists group MUKI (Kersti Laanmaa, Tiit Rammul), Estonia

II prize: “Napkin-Collar”, Caro Bärtling, The Netherlands

II prize: “The Power of the Earth”, Piret Valk, Estonia

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