Art

TMW 2023 will take place on 10 – 14 May 2023. The programme will be announced from February until April 2023. Until then, check out last year’s art programme below.

TMW 2021 Art, Kai Art Centre. Photo: Diana Pashkovich

In Tallinn

Thursday, 5.05 

  • 17:00 – 20:00, Tallinn Thursday gallery tour
    Various art galleries across Tallinn. Tallinn Thursday exhibitions will stay open until the end of the festival.

In Narva

Friday, 6.05

  • 19:30 Opening of graffiti “Different but together”. Performance by meisterjaan.
    Linda 6, Narva
  • 20:30 Opening of Jaakko Autio sound installation “On The Border / Rajalla” in Kreenholm
    Joala 23c, Narva
  • 21:00 Tour of the group exhibition “Where is the body?” by the students of Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Estonian Academy of Arts
    Narva Art Residency, Joala 18, Narva
  • 22:00 Light installations “Border Light” by the students of Estonian Academy of Arts. Concert by Mick Pedaja.
    Vassili Gerassimovi 3, Narva

Saturday, 7.05

  • 12:00–23:00 Jaakko Autio sound installation “On The Border / Rajalla” in Kreenholm
    Joala 23c, Narva
  • 22:00 Light installations “Border Light” by the students of Estonian Academy of Arts
    Vassili Gerassimovi 3, Narva
  • Group exhibition “Where is the body?” by the students of Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Estonian Academy of Arts
    Narva Art Residency, Joala 18, Narva

Sunday, 8.05

  • 12:00–23:00 Jaakko Autio sound installation “On The Border / Rajalla” in Kreenholm
    Joala 23c, Narva
  • Group exhibition “Where is the body?” by the students of Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Estonian Academy of Arts
    Narva Art Residency, Joala 18, Narva
TMW 2020 Art, Temnikova & Kasela Gallery. Photo: Diana Pashkovich

Tallinn Thursday

Thur, 5.05, 17:00 – 20:00
The Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC) hosts a gallery night with extended opening hours called Tallinn Thursday. The programme includes exhibitions introducing new works by both Estonian and foreign artists as well as meetups with the gallerists and artists.

A dedicated bus makes moving from gallery to gallery easier during Tallinn Thursday. Entry to the bus at every stop is based on a first-come-first-served policy.

Schedule:

17:00 Okapi Gallery (Niguliste 2)
Mick Pedaja “Ice World”

The exhibition features photographic works by musician and photographer Mick Pedaja accompanied by his own soundscapes.

“For me, the spirit of recent times has been ice,” says the author. “Through that, I have discovered how wonderful and diverse nature really is. How fast it changes. So many various forms can be found in Estonia that could never be captured. In some beaches, the scenery changes every day, the ice layers move, forming shapes and colours, depths and heights. On the other hand, the ice on some lakes can stay there for almost the entire winter, not moving, quietly waiting for spring and then melting into water again, starting a new cycle. ”

The audience of the Tallinn Thursday gallery night can take part in the opening of the exhibition and enjoy Mick Pedaja’s musical performance.

17:30 Haus Gallery (Uus 17)
Haus Gallery Art Auction Exhibition – SPRING 2022

Auctions of Estonian art classics have been taking place at Haus Gallery every spring and autumn for 25 years. This year’s spring auction exhibition introduces three selections of works in Haus’s three exhibition halls – paintings from older and modern Estonian art, as well as graphics and drawings. The auctions will take place on May 14, 15 and 16 both in the gallery and on the online platform.

On Tallinn Thursday, the curator of Haus Gallery, Piia Ausman, will introduce the exhibition.

18:15 EAA Gallery (Põhja puiestee 7)
“Assessment Marathon”, Fine Arts students’ works, supervisor Tõnis Saadoja

“Assessment Marathon” is a series of exhibitions based on professional assessments of the the Estonian Academy of Arts’ fine arts students. You’ll see the curricula of contemporary art, graphics, installation and sculpture, painting and scenography. On 5 May, the gallery will display works made within Tõnis Saadoja’s drawing course. 

On Thursday in Tallinn, gallerist Pire Sova will introduce the exhibition.

18:45 Juhan Kuus Documentary Photography Centre (Telliskivi 60a)
Aleksandra Lemke “About Us”

“About Us” creates space to grow and expand. It shows the beauty and abundance of being a human. It shows human connections and our individual particularities. It shows intimacy, closeness and how we build bridges. It makes you want to be a better person and help create a healthier society. The purpose of this exhibition is to empower QBIPOC people, promote their human rights and raise awareness among the general population of the diversity of the LGBTIQA+ community. 

On Tallinn Thursday, Documentary Photography Centre’s co-founder and one of the exhibition curators Toomas Järvet will introduce the exhibition.

19:15 Gallery Positiiv (Roo 21a)
Martin Siplane “Abstract City”

Brightly coloured compositions of the series “Abstract City” by architectural photographer Martin Siplane depict buildings and the diverse nature of the city. These games with forms are designed tongue firmly in cheek. The joy of experimentation and unexpected details create a slightly dreamy and hopeful mood. The artist’s very first solo exhibition is accompanied by Jarmo Kauge’s soundtrack.  

“Architecture is like a framework that surrounds life,” says Siplane. “The most visible of the art forms that you can’t ignore as it accompanies us in every step we take. I was strongly influenced by the ever-evolving city and the accompanying terror of time that mercilessly transforms and distorts it.”

On Thursday in Tallinn, the artist himself and the gallerist owner Kristel Schwede will introduce the exhibition.

19:45 Temnikova & Kasela Gallery (Peetri 12)
Inga Meldere “Bluetooth (Sister N)”


Inga Meldere’s exhibiton “Bluetooth (Sister N)” consists of a series of paintings, graphic works and sculptural objects and one installation. “Bluetooth (Sister N)” is a new work from sister I that is based on an inner comradery urge to lift the mastery of of sister N, a now unjustly forgotten medieval female artist. Sister I has investigated the story of blight blue lazurite, found from inside a recently discovered 1000-year-old skull’s teeth. After using radio carbon method to date the findings, the teeth containing blue bits appear to have belonged to a 45-60 year old woman who most probably was a painter of manuscripts in a medieval convent.

A tour of the exhibition takes place as part of Tallinn Thursday.


Art in Narva

Fri, 6.05, 19:30 Opening of graffiti “Different but together”
Linda 6, Narva

Artists Irina Sopina and Olga Tjurina; students and alumni of Narva Art School
Live: meisterjaan

During the festival graffiti “Different but together” will be created and opened. The conception is to display the variety of nationalities, ages and interests of people making Narva better altogether. The graffiti is created by artists and teachers Irina Sopina and Olga Tjurina and the students of Narva’s Art School. Some of them have already created graffitis in Narva and as part of other festivals.

Fri, 6.05, 20:30 Opening of Jaakko Autio sound installation “On The Border / Rajalla” in Kreenholm
Joala 23c, Narva

The sound installation by NART’s resident Jaakko Autio is made in collaboration with local Narva choirs and a Finnish choir. In this piece the observer can walk inside a flock of 40 speakers, able to listen to individual singers’ voices separately and experience them breathing and communicating, or you can listen to the choir as a whole. The soundscape is inspired by Pacius’ melody that is the national anthem for both Estonia and Finland, rising questions of identity, nationality and interpersonal space. The audience is guided to the installation from the gates of Kreenholm, on Saturday, the audience of Station Narva stage can access it directly from the concert. The installation is opened for the first time at TMW, later it will travel to NART, Kogo gallery in Tartu and Porvoo Art Factory in Finland

Fri, 6.05, 21:00 Tour of the group exhibition “Where is the body?” by the students of Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Estonian Academy of Arts
Narva Art Residency, Joala 18, Narva

The exhibition born in collaboration between students of Estonian Academy of Arts and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna brings together the works of painting students. Curated by Lilian Hiob and Julius Pristauz, it combines assumptions, statements and questions about different forms on incarnation. 16 young artists take part in the exhibition. Artists: Eero Alev, Ina Ebenberger, Daniel Silva Flandez, Yigit Gönlügür, Loora Kaubi, Jakob Kolb, Olev Kuma, Lisette Lepik, Sigrid Mau, Amar Priganica, Brenda Purtsak, Ramsko, Alfred Rottensteiner, Denisa Stefanigova, Magdalena Schwaiger, Mattias Veller.

Fri, 6.05, 22:00 Light installations “Border Light” by the students of Estonian Academy of Arts
Vassili Gerassimovi 3, Narva

The border town Narva inspires us to discuss the meaning of “border” as it is a culturally important term in its significance and metaphoricity. The border can be a red line, a barbed wire path, a high wall to separate individuals, people, countries, different worldviews, living environments and values, but also an area rich of symbiosis – full of energy and welcoming difference. 

Narva River is a borderline for cultures, regardless of language or nationality – above the river, all the sound and light waves mix into one stream. River does not separate two lands, the human mind and hostility does. Narva is not a peripheral area before the border, but a valuable one, whose unifying rhythm is cooperation, involvement, belonging, working and being together.

Participating students: Reena Ailt-Tamm, Piret Potter, Lauri Lest, Katriin Maitsalu, Laura Susanna Lätte, Annika Emilie Viigand, Maris Paal, Elle Kannike, Vivian Ilves, Robin Raspel, Anselm Oja.

Supervisor: Elo Liiv.

Supported: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, TMW, Narva Art Residency NART

In addition to Gerassimov Park, there are three light installations by EKA students and two by artists around the Narva Art Residency (Joala 18)

Sat, 7.05 Group exhibition “Where is the body?” by the students of Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Estonian Academy of Arts
Narva Art Residency, Joala 18, Narva

Sat, 7.05, 12:00–23:00 Jaakko Autio sound installation “On The Border / Rajalla” in Kreenholm
Joala 23c, Narva
Free: 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00
With a TMW festival pass or TMW Station Narva Stage ticket:  20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00 

Sat, 7.05, 22:00 Light installations “Border Light” by the students of Estonian Academy of Arts
Vassili Gerassimovi 3, Narva

Sun, 8.05 Group exhibition “Where is the body?” by the students of Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Estonian Academy of Arts
Narva Art Residency, Joala 18, Narva

Sun, 8.05, 12:00–23:00 Jaakko Autio sound installation “On The Border / Rajalla” in Kreenholm
Joala 23c, Narva
Free: 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00