The emergence of feminist art in Estonia in the 1990s was deeply linked to the changing role of women in this post-Soviet nation. Through the 1995 exhibition EST.FEM, a group of Estonian curators opened the gates for the artistic expression of marginalised groups.
Like most other Soviet film industries, the direction of Estonian cinema was determined by Moscow's final word. Despite this, Estonia's principal production house, Tallinnfilm, was a hotbed of creative energy for much of the late 20th century.
With more and more Tourists looking to Eastern Europe for cheaper city breaks, Estonia’s medieval capital offers Scandinavian, Russian and European influences. William Severs asks whether it has already been spoilt?
Gallery Draakon (Dragon) was founded in 1983, initially focusing on introducing the work by members of the Estonian Printmakers Association. Since then, Draakon has continued to focus on paintings, graphic art and applied art.
The exhibitions offered in gallery showcase the exchange between Estonia and Luxembourg. These artists of different nationalities, different countries, different generations, different styles create a completely new art space.
Five galleries located on different floors of the National Library of Estonia offer versatile opportunities for displaying exhibitions. A unique dolomite accent of the exhibition halls is created by architect Raine Karp.
Opened in 1997 in the former kitchen building of the Kadriorg palace, the museum showcases the private collection of Johannes Mikkel. The wooden guards' house opposite the gates of the palace has been completely restored.
In the Old Town of Tallinn stands St. Nicholas' Church, which now houses the Niguliste Museum. Its collection of ecclesiastical art from the Medieval and Early Modern periods is the most significant and extensive collection of church art in Estonia.
The permanent exhibition provides an overlook of Tallinn’s history through centuries – beginning with prehistory and ending with Estonia’s regaining of independence in 1991. In 2003 the Tallinn City Museum was nominated for European Museum of the Year.
The Estonian Maritime Museum is located in the cannon tower that was part of the medieval defence system. Learn about the history of Estonian maritime ship and boat building, ports, navigational aids on the ships, lighthouses and more.
Located in the old town of Tallinn in a 17th century storehouse, the museum, which was initiated in 1919, now consists of examples of contemporary Estonian applied art as well as of design prototypes and products.
This baroque palace ensemble with grandiose interior, beautiful park and fountains was a gift from tsar Peter the I to his wife Catherine. In the palace there is an exposition of Estonian Art Museum collection of foreign art.
History, exquisite art and beautiful scenery are all on the agenda during this tour of Tallinn`s famed park and museum district. The tour covers the all area`s attractions including the 290-year old park itself and the KUMU Art Museum.
The Mikkeli Museum Tour takes visitors through the highlights of the Mikkeli Musuem, with its extensive collection of priceless ceramics as well as Western European, Russian, Chinese and Estonian art from the 16th to 20th centuries.
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Estonia's shores stretch out towards
the Baltic Sea overlooking Finland and Sweden on the other side. It is
also the most northern of its Baltic siblings, Latvia and Lithuania. Estonia is
a place where Scandinavia is beautifully mixed with Eastern European roots.
Central to Estonian culture is the epic Kalevipoeg that was
written in the 19th century by F. Reinhold Kreutzwald and Tallinn-based
Arvo Part is one of Estonia's most
renowned composers who settled back in Estonia after years of living abroad with
his family. Estonia has also produced a number of interesting writers, such as Mati Unt, Jaan Kross who is probably
most famous for his novel The Czar's
Madman, and Tartu-born poet Jaan
In addition to this, Estonia has produced a fair number of
films as well. The very brutalThe
Class by Ilmar Raag is a recent example of the quality of the country's
filmmakers. The same can be said about another dramatic film, I Was Here, which
was written by Raag and directed by the talented Rene Vilbre.
A rare musical treat may also be found within this small
Baltic nation in the form of medieval folk-metal band Metsatoll. Although probably not to everyone's taste, they do serve
up a rare experience that ought not to be missed.