The Estonian Academy of Arts weekly no. 60 – anniversary edition


EAA Department of Leather Art 100

The EAA Department of Leather Art to show infernal book bindings and works from the archives

The founding date of the Estonian Academy of Arts Department of Leather Art is seen as 1 March 1917; therefore, the department will this year celebrate its 100th anniversary. To mark this important occasion, works by students and alumni of the Department of Leather Art will be put on display. Three very different exhibitions will feature a variety of accessories, the art of book-binding and selected works from the archive.

More information on the 100th anniversary of the EAA Department of Leather Art is available here (in Estonian):
2000’s Photo by Sohvi Viik
2000’s Photo by Sohvi Viik
Recognition to Professor Kadri Mälk from the Republic of Estonia

The President of the Republic bestowed the V Class Order of the White Star on Kadri Märk, celebrated Professor of Jewellery Art at EAA; in addition, the Government of the Republic awarded Prof. Mälk the Cultural Award of the Republic of Estonia for her two outstanding exhibitions and her Testament book from 2016. The award is 9,600 euros.

Congratulations, Professor Mälk!

EAA is looking for past ERKI Fashion Show collections for an anniversary exhibition

Air your historic ERKI Fashion Show collections! We will celebrate the 30th ERKI Fashion Show with an exhibition and a catalogue!

Attention all fashionistas!

In order to celebrate its 30th anniversary event in style, ERKI Fashion Show is this year organising the ERKI Fashion Show Retrospective in addition to the annual fashion show. Between 30 April and 30 May, the Tallinna Kaubamaja display windows will present the best chefs-d'oeuvre and secret picks from ERKI Fashion Show, which will be modelled into an exhibition by EAA students under the supervision of Marit Ahven.

Additionally, a substantial catalogue dedicated to the three decades of the show is being compiled. The publication will be designed by graphic design student Eleonora Šljanda (supervised by Indrek Sirkel) and will be edited by Anne Metsis, founder member of ERKI Fashion Show.

We call on you to contribute to the exhibition and catalogue! Hopefully, people have many fascinating remnants of the show to share with others. We look forward to receiving various materials connected with ERKI Fashion Show that we can feature in the exhibition and catalogue. Our focus is, of course, on original attire and accessories, though photos, flyers, posters and short written reminiscences, etc. are also very welcome.

Please send the materials to the EAA Department of Fashion Design at Estonia pst 7, room 335. If your materials are in digital format, then please send them via email, WeTransfer, Google Drive or other preferred channels.

If for some reason, you are unable to bring the materials yourself or there is too much to carry, we can provide assistance.

All the exhibits will be collected at the EAA Department of Fashion Design and will also be returned at the same location after the exhibition.

The celebratory 30th ERKI Fashion Show will take place on 27 May 2017, and it will be more ambitious and international than ever before. Find out more at

Additional information:

Marit Ahven:, tel 6267 318
Style samples from the 1987 ERKI Fashion Show Photo by Märt Bormeister
Style samples from the 1987 ERKI Fashion Show Photo by Märt Bormeister
Signe Kivi at ERKI
Signe Kivi at ERKI
Only ten days left to win 10,000 euros and realise your environmentally friendly idea

It is possible to submit your ideas to Negavatt, the energy and resource conservation competition by Friday 3 March. So far, 9 ideas have been submitted from the TTK University of Applied Sciences, Tallinn University of Technology, Tartu Art College, University of Tartu and Tallinn University. We are happy that students from Tallinn School of Service and Tallinn Polytechnic School are also taking part.

“Competition ideas from all other institutions of higher and vocational education are welcome. It is possible to include teachers, specialists and friends from other schools in the team. It is important that every member would contribute to the success of the project,” said Kadi Mitt, Project Manager of the Negavatt competition.

Students can submit their clever ideas to the fourth instalment of the competition for helping save energy and resources in the university or on campus. The idea can be a technological solution in engineering, or perhaps a flea market, collective physical exercise project or social campaign.

This year, Negavatt and its supporters are putting the general emphasis on water and food related issues.


Isaïe Bloch’s lecture “Crafted Computation”

2 March at 18:00 at Kanuti Gildi SAAL

The EAA Faculty of Architecture has invited Belgian architect and designer Isaïe Bloch to give an Open Lecture on what happens when traditional forms meet digital means of production – whether the object is architecture, design, fashion or sculpture. Read more

Second seminar in Creating (Art) History. Questions of Rewriting

Lecture “The perspective of literary history” by Prof. Tiina Kirss

We will continue with the Creating (Art) History. Questions of Rewriting seminar series. The second seminar titled “The perspective of literary history” will be presented by Prof. Tiina Kirss (University of Tartu).

The seminar will take place at the EAA Institute of Art History and Visual Culture (Suur-Kloostri 11, rooms 103–104) on 17 March 2017 at 15:00.

About the series

Members of the EAA Institute of Art History and Visual Culture have carried out the project “Historicising art: knowledge production in art history in Estonia amidst changing ideologies and disciplinary developments” since 2015. We regard the issue of historicising as being of interest to the field of humanities in general. The seminar series wishes to discuss the need and procedure for historicising, and why and how the events (in the humanities, the objects of literature, music, art and visual culture are also considered such) that have already been “explained” can be “rewritten”. Are (...) historians the ones who create the events? How does this creating happen? Is the analysis of past events nowadays a mere academic tradition or is there an urgency for it in society? How can we articulate and explain this urgency? Why and how do the histories that have been written today differ from those written 50 years ago? Does the so-called real history writing or literary history writing differ from the writing of history of art(s), and how?

The first instalment of the series, “New perspectives in history writing”, took place in January 2016. The main presenter was Prof. Marek Tamm (Tallinn University).

The Artists’ Spaces to be presented in Tartu

The Estonian Academy of Arts Press will present the book Artists’ Spaces in Tartu at the gallery of the Printing Museum in Aparaaditehas (Kastani 42) this Friday at 19:00.

The book features interviews with 16 young Estonian artists and photo documentation of their creative environment. The artists interviewed are: Kris Lemsalu, Laura Põld, Timo Toots, Flo Kasearu, Ivar Veermäe, Karel Koplimets, Kristi Kongi, Tõnis Saadoja, Jaanus Samma, Edith Karlson, Jass Kaselaan, Anu Vahtra, Paul Kuimet, Laura Toots, Mihkel Maripuu, Maarja Tõnisson and Mihkel Ilus.

More info on the book available here


Estonian Filmmakers Union presents:

Film Tuesdays: Priit Pärn retrospective

21 Feb, 28 Feb, 7 March and 14 March

Tallinn Cinema House revives Film Tuesdays! Since 21 February, the Cinema House has been showing topical screening programmes with retrospectives of Estonian directors. Four screenings / four Tuesdays that present a film selection curated by professionals of the field are dedicated to each icon of Estonian cinema included in the programme. The screening will be followed by a talk with the filmmaker.

The first retrospective focuses on Priit Pärn, founder of the EAA Department of Animation.

28 February at 19:00

Feature film by Pärn / moderated by Mari Laaniste

7 March at 19:00

Priit and Olga / moderated by Andra Teede

14 March at 19:00

Changing world + commercials / moderated by Olav Osolin

Tickets: €4 / BFM and EAA €2 / free for members of the Filmmakers Union

Tickets are available at the door one hour before the event.

The screenings will take place at the Estonian Filmmakers Union cinema hall at Uus Street 3 (Sinilind café building).

Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Film Institute, Joonisfilm, Film Archives of the National Archives of Estonia and Olav Osolin

Thanks to: Priit and Olga Pärn, Tristan Priimägi, Rutt Raudkivi, Lea Tegelmann, Rain Põdra, Maarja Kaasik, Vallo Pooler and Martin Ilves


EAA LEATHER 100 in Rahva Raamat and on the display windows of Tallinna Kaubamaja

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the EAA Department of Leather Art, the thematic Inferno exhibition that introduces the art of bookbinding is on show at the Rahva Raamat book store in Viru Keskus from 25 February to 1 April. Students and teachers of the department have designed unique bindings for Inferno, the first and most renowned part of Dante’s Divine Comedy. These varied binding solutions will be presented to the public at the exhibition with a slightly uncanny title.

Between 1 February and 19 April, the EAALEATHER100 exhibition will continue to be on view in the Tallinna Kaubamaja display windows, introducing the best examples of leather art and accessory design created over the past five years by students of the EAA Department of Leather Art.

Tiina Sarapu’s exhibition Long Field

Estonian Agricultural Museum

17 Feb – 19 Aug 2017

On 17 February, the rural-themed Long Field exhibition by Tiina Sarapu was opened at the Estonian Agricultural Museum.

The Long Field exhibition by glass artist Tiina Sarapu uses a personal family story to tackle the issue of how to preserve the tradition of farming: despite the changing times, her parents and brother have continued to plant and harvest crops; they have kept a Soviet-time mill and grain dryer running, and her mother and grandmother bake home-made bread.

Tiina Sarapu has put the emphasis in her art on installations that claim the space with total effect. The current exhibition follows this pattern: a long dark strip of field crosses the hall with multi-layered glass objects inserted in it that have photos and texts engraved on them telling the story of how the family has cultivated the land: there is a page from a field record hand-written by the artist’s mother, a picture of the path to the mill, interior shots of the mill with grain silos and chain conveyors, bread loafs baked by her grandmother, a homey kitchen table... It is as if she has depicted the layeredness of time – the various images are simultaneously together and apart, revealing each other in their transparency, reflecting each other; everything is concurrently present to the viewer, just like memories to the artist.

Tiina Sarapu’s style as an artist is extraordinarily fine; in dealing with the topic of agriculture, the artist elevates it from the mundane and glorifies the beauty that is hidden in simple practical work.

The exhibition is curated by Reeli Kõiv.

The exhibition will remain on view until 19 August. Tue–Sun 10:00–18:00

Pargi 4, Ülenurme, Tartu County

EAA Gallery

Debris by Triin Loosaare and Egle Lillemäe

Vabaduse Väljak 6/8

Entrance through the inner courtyard of Tallinn Art Hall

Tue–Sat 12:00–18:00

→ 4 March 2017

Jaanus Samma’s personal exhibition Divider

Temnikova & Kasela Gallery

→ 11 March 2017


Warm birthday greetings to Signe Kivi!
Former Rector Signe Kivi at her exhibition 2007
Former Rector Signe Kivi at her exhibition 2007
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