Tallinn Music Week, taking place August 27-30, is to be accompanied by a diverse art program, organizers say, with many exhibitions being free of charge, including the Tallinn Thursday gallery tour and installations at Port Noblessner.
Fotografiska gallery boasts a Moomin Museum pop-up shop, in homage to the Tove Jansson-created children's characters.
The Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC) is is curating the Tallinn Thursday special tour, where galleries including the Kai Art Center, the Estonian Art Academy (EKA) gallery and the Juhan Kuus Documentary Photo Center will offer extending opening hours as they bring new works by Estonian and international artists to the public, with a chance to meet some of the creatives.
As its name hints at, the program runs only on the Thursday, August 27, though many other events accompanying TMW start ahead of the main three-day event.
The Moomin Museum pop-up shop opens on Tuesday, August 18 and runs to August 30. The store is working in collaboration with the Moomin Museum in Tampere in the creatures' home country of Finland, and will host original work from the characters' creator, Tove Jansson (1914-2001).
The Kai Art Center's showing includes previously unseen, by the public at least, works by acclaimed Estonian artist Kris Lemsalu Malone and Kyp Malone Lemsalu, together with a large-scale installation which had been exhibited earlier in the year at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.
The Temnikova & Kasela Gallery is presenting the solo exhibition "All Together" from Estonian conceptual painter Kaido Ole, in which Ole inserts himself into his newer paintings in the roles of an artist, a curator, an installer and a museum director, as well as in already-familiar guises.
The Juhan Kuus Documentary Photo Centre at the Telliskivi Creative City is to show a retrospective of Estonian street photography in an expo entitled "Outlook – 40 years of Street Photography in Estonia", a duo show by Kristel Schwede and Kadri Pettai.
Vaal Gallery on Tartu mnt 80l hosts "Shedding Skin", which features drawings and an installation by Laura Põld and poetry and short prose by Piret Karro. Haus Gallery presents three exhibitions – Vano Allsalu's solo show "Of Nature", Elvi Rangell's "Life is Good" and Elina Laurinen's "Colour Appeals".
International group exhibition "Grammar of Graphics" at EKA turns its attention to form, and their replication through various phrases. The Okapi gallery there is to host a pop-up art sales day, with a wide selection of works by contemporary photographic and graphic artists available for purchase. Tallinn Thursday brings many of the artists to Okapi, where they will be accompanied by a musical performance.
In addition to the Tallinn Thursday gallery tour, several other exhibitions will be open in the festival's two main locations at Port Noblessner and Telliskivi Creative City.
Marianne Jõgi's outdoor installation "Interaural Contour I" at the Noblessner Marina promotes both relaxation and learning. The immersive sculpture will be accompanied by composer Ülo Krigul's sound piece "Water Itself".
From Friday, 28 August, to Sunday, 30 August, light installations by EKA students will provide an enlightening night-time experience in the area between Krusenstern Square, Kai Art Center, PROTO Invention Factory and the Noblessner Foundry.
Telliskivi Creative City's outdoor galley is to feature an exhibition entitled "Truth and Justice: Elders", from Estonian avant-garde artist Raul Meel, in which the author interprets A.H. Tammsaare's literary classic "Truth and Justice".
Fotografiska Tallinn is also exhibiting "Exposed", a collection of portraits of celebrities by Canadian musician Bryan Adams, "Dark Testament" by Lina Iris Viktor, "Gold" by Sebastião Salgado and "Waterproof Heart" by Ignas Pavliukevičius.
TMW 2020 Festival Pass and PRO pass-holders can get discounted entry at Fotografiska in the course of TMW.
More information is here.
Editor: Andrew Whyte