Gallery: Exhibition opened in author's childhood home

The new exhibition
The new exhibition "Surma tõde ja elu õigus”. Source: Olev Kenk/ERR

Even though cultural institutions are closed due to the coronavirus, it is still possible to visit open-air museums. ETV's current affairs show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) went to Vargamäe, the home of beloved Estonian writer Anton-Hansen Tammsaare, where a new exhibition has been opened.

The exhibition titled "Surma tõde ja elu õigus" (Death's Truth and Life's Justice) is based on Tammsaare's novel "Truth and Justice", which has also been made into a film in recent years.

While the Järva County museum is not as busy as usual, visitors are still welcome.

"Tammsaare's house is open. The barn and saunas are open. The territory is huge. It is still possible to walk in a sacred cultural place. The number of visitors is definitely affected by the fact that all museums are closed. And maybe people don't know that some museums are open," museum manager Reelika Räim said.

It could be thought that during the coronavirus crisis death is an unusual topic for an exhibition - but death is an important topic in Tammsaare's work, Räim said.

"Death is part of life. We have to look at it as we look at birth. We highlight three topics, which are the death of "Truth and Justice" characters, funeral traditions and the death of Tammsaare himself. Because the exhibition was opened on March 1, on the anniversary of his death, it would be suitable to remember how the great writer himself died and how he was remembered at the time," Räim explained.



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