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“Permanent exhibition of Estonian Applied Art"

More than 2000 works of Estonian applied art displayed

The largest permanent exhibition of Estonian applied art is now open at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design. It includes more than 2,000 works on 450 m² from up to 400 artists.

The exhibition provides an overview of the development of Estonian applied art and showcases the work of artists who worked and are now working in the field from the beginning of the previous century until today. 

The aim of the newly opened exhibition is to display a carefully selected cross-section of Estonian applied art. The display is divided into two, making it possible to gain an overall picture of applied art, as well as to see an intense concentration of the artists and their unique works from all fields of applied art in Estonia. This time, each field of applied art is presented independently. The dialogue between the past and the present provides a discovery-filled opportunity to become better acquainted with the extremely diverse landscape of Estonian applied art. 

The exhibition is based on the in-depth and careful work of the four curators and provides an overview of the history and development of Estonian ceramics, leatherwork, jewellery, metalwork, and glass over the last one hundred years. All of this is then surrounded by a large selection of textile art. 

A public programme will kick off in spring in connection with the permanent exhibition, where it will be possible to meet with Estonian applied artists and become acquainted with the various fields, materials and techniques. 

The permanent exhibition opened on 4 March 2017 and lasts for about 7 years. 

  • Curators: Helen Adamson (textile art), Merike Alber (jewellery and metal art), Airi Ligi (ceramics and porcelain), Anne Tiivel (glass art, leather art and book binding) 
  • Producer and Exhibition Manager: Ketli Tiitsar 
  • Architect: Karli Luik (AB Kontekst) 
  • Graphic design: Tuuli Aule