The 23rd Annual Exhibition of the Estonian Artists’ Association held in Tallinn Art Hall’s Lasnamäe Pavilion displays works by 50 artists. The exhibition is open from 13 May until 22 June. Free entrance.
The artists participating at this year’s Spring Exhibition are Eero Alev, Stanislav Antipov, Sofi Aršas, Martin Buschmann, Sirje Eelma, Ulvi Haagensen, Maie Helm, Heleliis Hõim, Danel Kahar, Kai Kaljo, Liina Kalvik, Maria Kapajeva, René Kari, Sander Karjus, Jass Kaselaan, Loora Kaubi, Raul Keller, Kati Kerstna, Tiiu Kirsipuu, Kristi Kongi, Ilmar Kruusamäe, Olev Kuma, August Künnapu, Peeter Laurits, Lola Liivat, Johannes Luik, Kaisa Maasik, Marko Mäetamm, Mihkel Maripuu, Katariin Mudist, Maarit Murka, Jane Muts, Jelena Nova-Ginzburg, Terje Ojaver, Aet Ollisaar, Katrin Pere, Vassa Ponomarjova, Rait Prääts, Lembe Ruben, Maret Sarapu, Valev Sein, Tiina Sarapu and Sirja-Liisa Eelma, Urmo Teekivi, Evi Tihemets-Viires, Kadri Toom, Anna Trell, Maria-Kristiina Ulas, Urmas Viik, Vello Vinn and Toomas Vint.
Also represented will be the Vaal, Kogo and Okapi art galleries. The exhibition is designed by Kaarel Eelma.
The participants at the Spring Exhibition 2022 were chosen by a jury consisting of Elin Kard (President of the Estonian Artists’ Association), Vano Allsalu (Vice-President of the Estonian Artists’ Association), Kaarel Eelma (designer of the exhibition), Tamara Luuk, (curator at Tallinn Art Hall) and Rain Tamm (art patron). According to the jury, the general level of applications was exceptionally high: 50 artists were selected for the exhibition from 270 applications.
“This year’s exhibition is more concentrated than usual, but also more mixed and variegated, with no repeating patterns coming to the fore. As always, artists of different backgrounds and skill levels are represented; and as always, the choice of the jury – which was by no means unanimous! – also reflects the common hope of discovering new approaches and excellent new creators,” expressed Tamara Luuk, member of the jury and curator at Tallinn Art Hall.
According to Rain Tamm, representative of the art patrons, participating in this kind of jury work is time-consuming and challenging, because only a very small number of artworks must to be selected from among many great submissions. “There are multiple different opinions. When making a selection, you have to find a balance between the artistic level of the works and the possible interest of the audience, between already established artists and newcomers, trying to give as diverse an overview as possible of the current Estonian art scene. And, as we realised together – you can’t take everything dead-seriously, but also leave room for a little joke,” Rain Tamm said.
Choosing the audience favourite has also become a tradition. This year, the participants will be pleased with a larger prize fund than last year. Art patrons Tiit Pruuli, Jaan Manitski, Riivo Anton, Aivar Berzin and Rain Tamm have put forward a prize of 6,000 euros for the winner of the audience vote, which will be presented at the award ceremony on 21 June at 6 pm. Visitors can vote for their favourite at Tallinn Art Hall’s Lasnamäe Pavilion until 17 June. A gift voucher of 500 euros for the NOBA art environment will be drawn from among all the voters at the announcement of the audience favourite in the final week of the exhibition. The Annual Exhibition of the Estonian Artists’ Association is also a sales exhibition: works displayed can be purchased on site at Tallinn Art Hall’s Lasnamäe Pavilion or at the NOBA art environment.
You are welcome to attend the opening of the exhibition on Friday, 12 May at 6 pm. Also published during the exhibition will be the catalogue compiled by Elin Kard, President of the Estonian Artists’ Association, and designed by Maris Lindoja. The catalogue can be purchased from the reception desk of Tallinn Art Hall’s Lasnamäe Pavilion.
Tallinn Art Hall’s Lasnamäe Pavilion is located next to the Lindakivi Centre at 24 Jaan Koorti Street and is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12 to 19. Free entrance.
A special tour (in Estonian) with the curator Tamara Luuk will take place on Sunday, 14 May at 2 pm. There will be weekly public guided tours at the exhibition: tours in Estonian take place on Thursdays at 6 pm and Saturdays at 1 pm; tours in Russian on Wednesdays at 6 pm and Saturdays at 3 pm.
The Tallinn Art Hall Foundation is a contemporary art establishment that currently presents exhibitions in two galleries – at Tallinn Art Hall’s Lasnamäe Pavilion and Tallinn City Gallery. The exhibitions of Tallinn Art Hall are installed by Valge Kuup Studio.