Fotografiska Tallinn celebrating first birthday this month

Fotografiska Tallinn is celebrating its first birthday in June.
Fotografiska Tallinn is celebrating its first birthday in June. Source: Hannes Virkus

This month, photographic art center Fotografiska Tallinn is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Fotografiska's opening year included 14 exhibitions, 1,117 pieces of artwork and more than 400,000 visitors.

"The opening of Fotografiska Tallinn was a marathon-like process that required purposefulness, consistency and endurance," Fotografiska Tallinn co-founder and exhibition lead Maarja Loorents said according to a press release. "Looking back now, it's hard to put this journey, with so many layers and levels, into words."

"From the very beginning, Fotografiska aimed to take its visitors on a worldwide journey ⁠— through exhibitions, food experiences and music ⁠— without actually having to go far from home," co-founder and CEO Margit Aasmäe said. "As Fotografiska is more than just exhibitions, this was perhaps one of the biggest challenges that we faced during our first year. Thus I would like to thank all of our visitors, who quickly welcomed us here in Tallinn. Thanks to its multilayered concept, I believe that every visit to Fotografiska is unique."

During its birthday month, Fotografiska will take a look back on the past year as well as celebrate its current exhibitions with special events and tours.

Beginning this week, an open-air exhibition will be open in Tallinn's city center and nearby that pays homage to all of the artists who have had their work displayed at Fotografiska. Current exhibitions on site at the Telliskivi location include Bryan Adams' "Exposed," Sebastiao Salgado's documentary exhibition "Gold," Tom of Finland's "The Darkroom" and Lina Iris Viktor's "Dark Testament."

Fotografiska Tallinn's first year in facts and figures

  • 14 artists, 14 exhibitions, with 10 displayed in 2019
  • 10 artists came to Tallinn personally to open their exhibition; 3 visited Estonia a second time
  • Artwork came from several continents; source countries included Estonia, Finland, the U.K., Norway, the U.S., China, Canada, Brazil
  • 1,117 works of art were displayed on Fotografiska Tallinn's walls
  • One-day visitors' record of 1,570 set on September 7, 2019
  • 1.8 tons of compost has been produced by the minimal-waste restaurant


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