New must see exhibitions in Tallinn

The event calendar of Tallinn and its surrounding areas is full of unique and remarkable exhibitions and exhibits. Lovers of culture, history and fashion will certainly find something suitable from this list.

Michel Sittow. Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe, 8.06.–16.09.2018, Kumu

The Art Museum of Estonia, in cooperation with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., will organise a truly magnificent and unique exhibition on Michel Sittow (ca 1469–1525), a painter of Estonian origin who at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries became a highly valued and sought-after artist in European courts.

According to local time. A century of the Estonian home in the city, 14.06.–7.10.2018, Museum of Estonian Architecture

This exhibition looks at a century-long process of change. It explores the link between private and public spaces, as well as the fashion of the period, which, as an art form, is one of the most immediate and accurate ways of capturing a moment.

Under the Southern Cross. Gunnar Neeme: an Estonian Artist in Australia, 15.06.–28.10.2018, Adamson-Eric Museum  

For the first time in Estonia, the public can view the diverse artistic creations of Gunnar Neeme (1918−2005), one of the most outstanding Estonian artists and writers who lived and worked in Australia.

FASHION LINE Estonian ladies´ fashion 1920­–1940, 16.06.2018–13.05.2019, Estonian History Museum – Great Guild Hall,

This exhibition looks back at the time when the world’s fashion metropolises had been taken over by art deco, which left its impression on Estonians’ clothing choices as well. Once Estonia gained its independence and become more affluent, ladies were able to dress more fashionably and wear well-constructed clothes made from high-quality textiles.

One Hundred Years of Everyday Life, 18.05.2018 –April, 2019, Tallinn City Museum 

This exhibition marks the occasion of the centenary of the Republic of Estonia by looking at each decade from the past 100 years to see what life was like and how much things have changed.

Saved Sanctity. Icons from the Collection of Nikolai Kormashov, 11.04.­–11.11.2018, Mikkel Museum

This collection, with its rare icons, took shape during Kormashov’s (1929–2012) trips to northern Russia, his birthplace Murom and remote Old Believers’ villages. Along with the stories of how the icons were discovered, the exhibition deals with their complicated fate and role in the art and spiritual culture of the second half of the 20thcentury.

There are no bananas. Time travel to Soviet daily life, 24.04.–01.10.2018, Tallinn TV Tower

The nostalgic exhibition that garnered a lot of attention and positive feedback last year has returned with some updates. The exhibition focuses on the period of 1970 to 1980, by which time the Soviet regime had lasted long enough for people to comprehend the perpetual deficit of goods. This was a time when contacts and a good job in the trade network were vital.

Aivazovsky. In Pursuit of the Ideal, 10.03. – 08.07.2018, Kadriorg Art Museum

The exhibition Aivazovsky. In Pursuit of the Ideal displays works by Ivan Aivazovsky (1817–1900), a Russian painter of Armenian heritage who specialised in seascapes. The exhibition, comprised of 39 works, includes View of Mount Vesuvius a Day Before the Volcanic Eruption, which is part of the Art Museum of Estonia’s collection and has not been exhibited publicly since 1886. The painting was in very poor condition and required extensive restoration, a long-term process which is now complete.

100 years on water. The ships of Estonia 1918–2018, 24.02.2017–13.01.2018, Seaplane Harbour

The fate of a country by the sea is inextricably tied to its ships, which carried people off and brought them back, as well as saved them and helped them flee, marked the start of war and the beginning of peace, depicted happiness and heartache – ships have been of vital importance to Estonia and its people.

The turbulent series of events taking place from the inception of the Republic of Estonia to its 100th birthday have been reflected in the fates of ships. ‘100 years on water. The ships of Estonia 1918–2018’, an exhibition at the Estonian Maritime Museum, brings together exciting and remarkable nautical stories.

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