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The first Tallinn Biennial – a major summer art event, which will include a wide range of events introducing the work of artists from Estonia and neighbouring countries – will start in and around the capital in a few days.

Andra Orn, the chief organizer of the Tallinn Biennial, described the programme of the Biennial, which is taking place for the first time, as diverse and anyone interested in art could find something of interest in this major event lasting almost a month. “The programme includes smaller events such as street art tours or visits to artist’s studios, as well as larger events such as the Great Art Day on Vabaduse Square. As organizers, we are super pleased that so many Estonian art institutions have decided to contribute to the programme of this major event and introduce their activities through the biennial by opening doors to galleries and studios,” said Orn, expressing her gratitude.

Tallinn Biennial will open on 2 July with the apocalyptic exhibition “Doomsday Cathedral” by Edward von Lõngus in Ülemiste City, which presents a journey inside the soul of humanity in an 800 square metre hall, where the artist has used one tonne of steel to make, among others, works that are 25 square metres as well as a new currency in 300,000 denominations. The exhibition will be open until 30 July, and can be visited by joining tours but also by purchasing regular tickets; tickets for tours as well as single visits can be purchased through Piletilevi. On the sixth evening, it will also be possible to take part in  “One Hundred Seconds to Midnight” – a collaboration between Black Box and Edward von Lõngus. On 31 July, the Doomsday Party or the Tallinn Biennial afterparty will also take place in the exhibition space.

More dates to remember:

2 July – “Artist Crisis Center” will open at the ARS Art Factory Project Room – a collaborative project between younger generation Latvian artists Ieva Kraule-Kūna and Elīna Vītola, which will include the despised works of the art world. The Center will be open until 9 July, and on 4 July, ARS Art Factory will host its regular Creative Saturday.

July 5 – Great Art Day on Vabaduse Square, a familiar event from Tallinn Art Week, the predecessor of Tallinn Biennial, where top Estonian artists and creatives, art organizations and galleries will introduce their work. One of the richest outdoor exhibition events in Estonia, offering visitors the opportunity to dive into art and culture and try their hand creatively.

7 July – Cycling tour along Tallinn’s art trail. The tour begins with the opening of a large new mural created by Okeiko at the gateway to Telliskivi Creative City, directly under the Creative City logo.

10 July – Viinistu Art Museum reopens. The event will present a renewed display including the Viinistu Art Harbour concept and the museum’s spectacular art collection. The permanent exhibition of the Viinistu Art Museum will be introduced by collector Jaan Manitski, curators Mary Talvistu and Kädi Talvoja and design consultant artist Tiit Pääsuke.

Throughout the Biennale until 30 July, the main information point will be in Solaris Center, where you can find the Biennial programme and special street art maps. Tickets for exhibitions and special tours will be sold at the information point until 12 July, in addition to thematic T-shirts and miniature elements created by Edward von Lõngus. A completely new Solaris Gallery will also be opened in the surviving tower of the former Sakala Center.

The supplementary programme of the Biennale is available at tallinnbiennial.com.

Tallinn Biennial is organized by Nordic Baltic Art Center NOBA MTÜ. The supporters of the art event are NOAR.eu, Solaris and Ülemiste City.