On Thursday, July 2, a major exhibition, "Doomsday Cathedral" (Viimsepäeva katedraal) by Estonian artist Edward von Lõngus is to open, as part of the Tallinn Biennial in Ülemiste City.
Until now, Lõngus' work has mainly consisted of street photography, media, exhibitions or auctions. This exhibition provides an opportunity to get an overview of the artist's socially critical work, both through earlier and specially created works for the biennial.
Doomsday Cathedral is inspired by Bernt Notke's "Danse Macabre" (Dance of Death), hosted in the Tallinn St. Nicholas Church (Niguliste Kirik) - formerly a church and now a museum - in Tallinn.
Lõngus explained: "Death is now cutting with a bigger arc than ever before, but instead of a scythe, it has much more modern tools. Modern death has been industrialized, mechanized, calculated, transformed into factories, machines, numbers and efficiencies
"It's no longer a reluctant tearing on the dance floor, it's a crazy orgy."
The exhibition also features a remix of Lõngus' work based on the "Last Judgment" which is based on the frescoes of Michelangelo's "Sistine's chapel".
The exhibition which is set in Ülemiste City (Sepapaja 10) can be visited from July 2 until July 30.
In addition, a collaboration between "Must Kast" ("Black Box") and Edward von Lõngus' "Sada sekundit südaööni" ("One Hundred Seconds to Midnight") will be performed six times in the first half of July in the exhibition building.
In addition to Lõngus' exhibition, people can visit Solaris Center to take a look at his art installation of "banknotes" and viewers are allowed to take a piece of the note home. More information about the art installation can be found here.
Tallinn Biennial (Tallinna Biennaal), which runs from July 2 to 30, has grown out of Tallinn Art Week and includes events introducing the work of Estonian and neighboring artists in the capital and its surroundings. There will be exhibition openings, gallery tours and meetings with artists.
The aim of the Tallinn Biennial is to attract more international attention to local contemporary artists.
Andra Orn, the chief organizer of the biennial explained: "Tallinn Art Week was more aimed at the local audience, but the biennial, this name simply has a different meaning in the international art landscape and therefore it was a name change and is a longer program for international media and audiences to visit.
"I think it is very difficult for Estonian artists to get into the international art landscape. There are 300 biennials around the world and that is one way the artist can make himself visible."
The first Tallinn Biennial is entitled "Globaalne keel" ("Global Language"). The exhibitions and events of the festival deal with the issue of what could be the language that unites people.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein