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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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Photo by Marina Poltavtseva (@marinapolta)