From May, Tallinn's free Museum Sundays will be joined by The Estonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Põhja-Tallinn and the Gallery of Kaja Cultural Centre in Mustamäe.
Kaarel Oja, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, welcomed the expansion of the Museum Sunday initiative. "The museums that have so far joined the Tallinn Museum Sunday initiative are all in the city centre and the northern districts of Tallinn. Now the initiative also extends to Mustamäe. As the role of Tallinn Museum Sunday is to highlight the worthwhile work of museums and exhibition spaces, we are delighted that it is now on the map of Tallinn with new members and an additional district," said Oja.
The apartment exhibition "My first apartment in Mustamäe", dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Mustamäe district, is on show in the Gallery of the Kaja Cultural Centre until the end of this year. Visitors are greeted by a full-size 2-room Soviet-style show apartment, the interior of which has been created in collaboration with the community - Mustamäe residents have brought both furniture and household items to the exhibition, which together create an authentic atmosphere.
The Estonian Museum of Contemporary Art (EKKM) is a self-contained institution dedicated to contemporary art, housed in the premises of the former Tallinn Thermal Power Plant complex, which opened its 16th exhibition season this spring. In addition to the exhibition hall, the museum also has an open courtyard with a sculpture garden and a community garden. The current exhibition, opened in April, is Latvian-Estonian artist Diana Tamane's first solo show in Tallinn, "The Typology of Touch", in which the artist created a sensitive reflection on the ancestors of three generations of her own family, thus forming a collective family portrait.
According to Kadi Kesküla, the museum's executive director, EKKM is delighted to be taking part in Tallinn Museum Sunday. "On 15 May, we are looking forward to welcoming all art lovers and, of course, those in whom we hope to arouse interest in contemporary art. Diana Tamane's solo exhibition is open at EKKM, where we invite you to guided tours in three languages on Museum Sunday: at 1pm in Estonian, at 2pm in Russian and at 3pm in Ukrainian. We will be happy to showcase our building as a part of Tallinn's industrial history, our unique contemporary art environment, our open sculpture park, our thriving community garden and the new EKKM bar. Welcome to our museum next Sunday, but also on all other days. EKKM is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12-19 and is free of charge for everyone," added Kesküla.
So far, free admission to Tallinn municipal museums has been offered on the first Sunday of every month, but as the first Sunday in May fell on a public holiday, this month's Museum Sunday will be held on Tallinn Day, 15 May. On 15 May, Tallinn celebrates the granting of the city charter of Lübeck to Tallinn in 1248.
The branches of the Tallinn City Museum, run by the city of Tallinn, will host a variety of tours and concerts on Tallinn Day, 15 May. Admission to the Tallinn City Museum branches is free of charge, but special programmes are ticketed. Registration and ticket information can be found on the Tallinn City Museum website.
The museums of the Tallinn Literary Centre will also have a special programme for Tallinn Day and Museum Sunday: in addition to the permanent exhibitions, you can take part in a search game in the Mati Unt Museum, a quiz on "Literary Tallinn", and walk in the footsteps of famous writers using the map app kirjandusliktallinn.ee. For Tallinn Day, the map app will be updated with a brand-new trail by author Andrus Kivirähk. The museums of Tallinn Literary Centre will be open from 11am to 5pm on 15 May.
For more information, visit the Museum Sunday page: tallinn.ee/museumsunday/
The entire Tallinn Day programme: tallinn.ee/tallinnapaev.