To expand Estonian art internationally, the state supports the participation of artists, curators and critics in the global art scene, and the organisation of internationally noteworthy events in various locations in Estonia.
Estonia actively collaborates with international organisations, particularly the Venice Biennale and the Manifesta Biennial. The state’s valued partner in international affairs is the Centre for Contemporary Art Estonia. The promoter of art export is the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Centre, which has notably enlivened the pursuits of local market operators – galleries and artists alike – both locally and globally.
A new priority for the Ministry of Culture is to map the existing system of art residencies and to support new initiatives that increase the mobility of creative persons.
Venice art biennial
Participation with our national pavilion at the Venice Biennale is really important for Estonia from the cultural politics point of view. The Biennale is the oldest and best known great exhibition in the art world, held for the first time in 1895.
Estonia has been represented at the Biennale since 1997.
Since 1999, the Estonian pavilion has been organised by the Centre for Contemporary Art Estonia in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture.
Up to 2011, our pavilion was partially financed by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.