The representative Spring Exhibition of the Estonian Artists’ Association will be unveiled at Tallinn Art Hall, Art Hall Gallery and City Gallery on 3 May and will be open every day this year.
Celebrating Estonia’s thriving artistic community, the 21st Spring Exhibition of the Estonian Artists’ Association will take place at all three exhibition venues of Tallinn Art Hall. This year’s Spring Exhibition will address the salient topics of gender and the body, performativity and provocative live expressions, spirituality, ecological awareness, the integration of political and aesthetic vision, redefining of abstraction, urbanism and gentrification, and, of course, the ongoing pandemic crisis.
In recent years, the design of the main exhibition has aimed to provide equal exhibiting conditions for all artists. This edition of the Spring Exhibition takes a further step in this direction, eliminating the more visually noisy surfaces of the space. The selected works are loosely grouped together along the aforementioned thematic lines, with the curators and exhibition designer collaboratively orchestrating the rhythm, density and placement of the works. This has allowed the artworks to support each other as well as create surprising dialogues between generations and approaches to the artistic practice.
Displayed at the Art Hall Gallery will be the satellite exhibition curated by Siim Preiman, From Head to Toe, bringing together six artworks from last year that address the human body and its extreme states.
In the City Gallery, the exhibition Outside/In curated by Corina L. Apostol will showcase creative practitioners working beyond the comfort zone of established art venues in Tallinn. Being outside of the capital can give artists the opportunity and freedom to work outside the sometimes inflexible parameters and conventions of power centres. Outside/In focuses on creative communities who have turned their attention towards their hometowns and provides an opportunity to reflect on our identity in times of uncertainty and isolation.
This year’s Spring Exhibition will again be supported by art patrons Tiit Pruuli, Jaan Manitski, Riivo Anton, Aivar Berzin and Rain Tamm, who have presented a prize of 5,000 euros for the winner of the audience vote. Visitors can vote for their favourite at Tallinn Art Hall and its galleries until 23 May, and this year too, most of the artworks displayed are available for purchase. The prize will be awarded at Tallinn Art Hall at the end of the exhibition. At the same event, a catalogue of works exhibited will be presented and a gift voucher of 500 euros for the NOAR platform (noar.eu) will be drawn from among all the voters. The platform also includes works displayed at the Spring Exhibition.
The curators of the exhibition are Corina L. Apostol and Siim Preiman. The exhibition was designed by Neeme Külm; the catalogue was designed by Maris Lindoja.
See a selection of works from the show here.
The annual exhibition of the Estonian Artists’ Association, Spring Exhibition 2021, will be open at Tallinn Art Hall from 3 May until 30 May and at the Art Hall Gallery and City Gallery until 23 May. This year the exhibitions will be open every day from 11 am to 6 pm.
Tallinn Art Hall (Vabaduse väljak 8, Tallinn) entrance fee €4 / €8 / €12. Art Hall Gallery (Vabaduse väljak 6) and City Gallery (Harju 13) free entry.
The Tallinn Art Hall Foundation is a contemporary art establishment that presents exhibitions in three galleries on the central square of Tallinn – at Tallinn Art Hall and nearby at Tallinn City Gallery and the Art Hall Gallery.