The Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM) celebrates its 15th year. Projects of the celebratory exhibition season focus on EKKM’s building, the collection and its identity as a museum, but also look at broader issues like institutional support for artists and the art field.
In April and May, the city of Tallinn conducts demolition works in EKKM’s backyard and the surrounding lots, contributing to significant changes in EKKM’s neighbourhood. Nevertheless, the artists’ community garden project continues this year as well, artworks exhibited in the museum yard are accessible to the public 24/7 and the terrace of the café also welcomes visitors. Despite the changing circumstances, EKKM stands for an accessible non- commercial public space in Tallinn.
EKKM is working towards recycling and green economy, so we are excited to announce that the Vegan Coffee Shop Lisanna will be opening their new space in our building. The café opens its doors on 4 May.
We are also happy to welcome Lugemik Bookshop back to EKKM grounds. The new café will present a bookcase curated by Lugemik, offering a selection of newest local and international art publications.
This year, EKKM begins a regular schedule of guided tours and public programming, announced alongside each new exhibition.
Following the newest governmental guidelines and depending on the situation, we aim to celebrate EKKM’s 15th season with a party at the end of July.
EKKM’s exhibition programme for 2021:
The opening project of the 2021 season, A rescripted visit to EKKM’s collections turns the exhibition space into a series of art storage spaces and invites visitors to take part in guided tours, conducted by the production platform RESKRIPT (Maarin Mürk and Henri Hütt). The tours begin on 4 May and will be held until 16 May.
Laura Toots’ curatorial exhibition Letters from a foreign mind focuses on values in social context and explores themes like scarcity, neglect and care, highlighting in the process the many changes in EKKM’s recent past and near future.
The exhibition is open from 5 June to 18 July.
Keiu Krikmann’s curatorial project Excess and refusal is centred around the notions of excess and refusal as artistic and lived practices.
The exhibition is open from 28 July to 22 August on the ground floor of EKKM.
The main exhibition of the 6th Tallinn Photomonth contemporary art biennial, curated by TOK (Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits), is finding ways to prepare for the future that will be based on the principles of interdependency and new kinds of cohabitation.
The exhibition runs from 4 September to 17 October.
The season concludes with Edith Karlson’s solo show, curated by Eero Epner. The exhibition is a conceptual combination of Karlson’s new works and archival material, offering new models of interpretation in terms of what we understand as belonging to a museum.
The exhibition is open from 30 October to 12 December.
During the exhibition period, EKKM is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 12:00– 19:00. We continue offering free entrance to our exhibitions. The café is also open during the installation periods, from Tuesday to Sunday, 12:00–19:00.
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In 2021, EKKM is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the National Heritage Board of Estonia and the City of Tallinn.