What is happening at Tallinn Biennial today?

  • 2020-07-05
  • Egle Loor

The Tallinn Biennial schedule for Friday 3 July includes openings and presentations from Kalamaja to Juhkentali. We can get to know artists Kärt Hammer, Patrick Soome, Raul Meel and Ruudu Rahumaru, as well as the main draw card for Tallinn Biennial Edward von Lõngus and other exhibitions that are already open.

From 12–7pm a presentation of work titled “drowning”, where abstractions meet installation and fragility meets rawness, created collaboratively with artist Patrick Soome and exhibited at ArtDepoo (Jahu 12, Tallinn) as part of Kärt Hammer’s painting exhibition “abstractions”. Both artists will be present throughout the day and ready to meet visitors. Subsequently, the exhibition will be open every day 12–5pm until 9 July. Free admission.

At 6pm Raul Meel’s exhibition “Truth and Justice: the elderly” will open at Telliskivi Creative City’s Outdoor Gallery (Telliskivi 60a, Tallinn), which similar to previous exhibitions at the gallery, attempts to bring art as close to the viewer as possible so that it becomes an everyday part of one’s environment and an almost obvious element in the inspiring atmosphere of Telliskivi Creative City. The selected artists may already be well-known but may also include beginners. The gallery is open 24 hours a day. Admission is free.

At 7pm yet another exhibition will open – Ruudu Rahumaru’s “Temple Keepers” at Fahle Gallery (Tartu mnt 84a, Tallinn). The photo-paintings created using a technique characteristic of the artist combine animism, the supernatural, a fairy tale quality, the synergy between humans and ancient nature, exotic, organic and psychedelic patterns and the artist’s own emotional world in an attempt to record universal sources of energy. The gallery is open Mon–Fri 9–5pm. Admission is free.

At 9pm the second performance of “One Hundred Seconds till Midnight”, a collaboration between Edward von Lõngus and Must Kast will take place at the artist’s exhibition at Ülemiste City (Sepapaja 10, Tallinn). The base material for the performance combines the artist’s work with John’s visions from the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. Drawing on the fact that Lõngus’ plan is to create an inverted church to consumerism, Must Kast furnishes the space with a ritual performance, which plays with the same themes. A limited number of tickets are available through Piletilevi.

In addition to Edward von Lõngus’ exhibition “Doomsday Cathedral” at Ülemiste City, “Artists Crisis Centre” at the ARS Art Factory Project Space and an exhibition of paintings at Solaris Gallery are also open on 3 July.

The programme for the biennial is accessible at tallinnabiennaal.ee and as a hard copy is available at the information point in Solaris Center.

This year’s Tallinn Biennial will take place 2–30 July. The almost month-long programme includes many extraordinary art events, exhibition tours and performances. The main organiser of the biennial is Nordic Baltic Art Center NOBA MTÜ. The main sponsors of the art event are NOAR.eu, Solaris and Ülemiste City.