EKKM opens its 16th season on April 13

The 16th season of EKKM presents strong solo exhibitions and a fresh dose of international art, brought to you by a renewed team both in the museum and the bar.

Extended team of EKKM for the season 2022. First row left to right: Johannes Valdma, Jonathan Peterson and Mihkel Matkevicius (EKKMbaar), Evelyn Raudsepp, Kadi Kesküla, Maria Helen Känd. Second row left to right: Johannes Säre, Maria Muuk, Anita Kodanik, Aaro Veiderpass. Photo: Kristina Õllek

For the 16th season of the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), the exhibition spaces will be filled with photographic and video art as well as other technologically ambitious projects. The season opens on 13 April with the Latvian-Estonian artist Diana Tamane‘s first solo exhibition in Tallinn, titled “The typology of touch” (open until 6 June). Through the three floors of EKKM, Tamane exhibits a sensitive reflection on three generations of women, creating a combined portrait of the artist’s family. The exhibition is curated by Peeter Talvistu.

International moods are brought to EKKM by Evelyn Raudsepp with the project “Greatest hits” (18.06 – 7.08). As part of this exhibition, six curators of contemporary art from Estonia choose their favourite artwork to exhibit – these are pieces they would either like to experience again or just deem particularly relevant in the current moment. Participating curators: Maria Arusoo, Marten Esko, Maria Helen Känd, Triin Metsla, Siim Preiman, Maria-Kristiina Soomre.

In late August, the museum presents Taavi Suisalu‘s installations, inspired by technology and digital communication, presented at his solo exhibition Attention figures (27.08 – 16.10). Suisalu has previously recorded volcanoes and out-of-commission satellites, composed sound pieces for lawn mowers, created connections between biological and digital ecosystems. With this project, his focus is on the changing perception of people’s self-image, influenced by technological developments.

The year ends with a takeover by the legendary founding member of EKKM Marco Laimre and his artist friends. On 28 October EKKM opens a group exhibition, exploring ideas of artificial reality, post-apocalyptical digital games and dystopias.

In sync with the museum’s dynamic spirit, the new season brings changes within the institution itself.  Recently, the team of EKKM was joined by Maria Helen Känd, our new curator and project manager. Also, EKKM’s website has been renewed (WWW Stuudio) alongside the visual identity created by Indrek Sirkel and Ott Kagovere. This includes another addition to the team – we are excited to welcome our first seasonal graphic designer Aaro Veiderpass.

In 2022, we are continuing with regular guided tours in three languages (Estonian, English, Russian), other events of our public and educational programmes, announced alongside each new exhibition. We also plan to give tours in Ukrainian, conducted by our coordinator of educational programmes Anita Kodanik.

This season, our café is transformed into a bar and is operated by the collective of the former Kultuuriklubi Kelm. We would like to point out that the new EKKM’s bar remains open after the exhibitions have closed for the day. For the second year, the backyard of EKKM welcomes neighbours and other visitors to our public space, which includes an exhibition of artworks from EKKM’s collection, open 24/7, the terrace of the bar (during the bar’s opening hours) and a community garden, carefully managed by our new seasonal head gardener Maria Muuk. We continue our collaboration with Lugemik bookshop, offering a selection of the newest local and international art publications.

EKKM’s exhibitions are open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 12:00 to 19:00 and the entrance is free as always.

EKKM’s bar is open also during installation period, from Tuesday to Sunday, from midday till late.

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In 2022, EKKM is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the City of Tallinn.

EKKM accepts donations from everyone, who wish to support our programme: Eesti Kaasaegse Kunsti Muuseum MTÜ, EE507700771005906564