Tartu to celebrate 100th anniversary of Constitution at Arch Bridge ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Tartu Arch Bridge.
Tartu Arch Bridge. Source: Ken Mürk/ERR

In cooperation with students from Tartu Art College, Tartu city government is bringing an exhibition about Estonia's Constitution to the city's Arch Bridge this month. Some illustrations and texts at the center of the exhibition, titled "With the Constitution, About the Constitution," were inspired by the national epic "Kalevipoeg" as well as chapters of the Constitution.

Tartu Art College students Kristin Kaldam, Mette Mari Kaljas, Aulis Puri and Vanessa Järv have created illustrations and collages using different styles and been inspired by the epic poem "Kalevipoeg" and Constitution when writing the text.

"15 paragraphs of the Constitution have been associated with 15 cantos of 'Kalevipoeg,'" the young artists explained. "The Constitution is the fundamental document of the Republic of Estonia, and 'Kalevipoeg' is the fundamental document of the Estonian nation. They are connected."

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the first Constitution of the Republic of Estonia: it was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on June 15, 1920, and entered into force on December 21 of that year.

The Ministry of Justice is celebrating 2020 as the Year of the Constitution in order to introduce people's constitutional rights to society more thoroughly and comprehensively than usual. Special attention is being paid to explaining the balance between people's rights and obligations, in particular to informing young people about the role of the Constitution.  
Tartu city government adviser and exhibition city curator Indrek Mustimets said that throughout time, the City of Tartu has carried the spirit of the Constitution throughout time.

"Tartu is undeniably one of the birthplaces of the Constitution and the constitutional state, and we are glad that in cooperation with young Tartu artists we can think about the meaning of the Constitution and our connection to its root text," Mustimets said.

 The exhibition "With the Constitution, About the Constitution" will be opened on Monday evening, after which people are welcome to visit it for the rest of the month. The exhibition can also be seen on the City of Tartu homepage.

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