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Minister of Culture Indrek Saar opened a contemporary art exhibition at the European Parliament

11. July 2017 - 19:06
Näituse "Kahe-vahel" avamine Euroopa Parlamendi hoones Brüsselis, foto: Tauno Tõhk
Näituse "Kahe-vahel" avamine Euroopa Parlamendi hoones Brüsselis, foto: Tauno Tõhk

Today, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar, opened an exhibition of contemporary Estonian art entitled "Intermedial" at the European Parliament building in Brussels. The exhibition is dedicated to the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Curated by Marten Esko, it will be open until the end of the year.

The exhibition deals with the relationship between nature, traditions and digitality in the Estonian cultural space, which has also inspired the motto for the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU – Unity through Balance. The artworks that curator Marten Esko, from the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, has assembled for the exhibition include works by Jaan Elken, Kaido Ole and Alice Kask from the European Parliament’s permanent collection as well as a selection of works by outstanding new generation artists. The following artists are represented: Dénes Farkas, Kristiina Hansen, Paul Kuimet, Kärt Ojavee and Johanna Ulfsak, Tõnis Saadoja, Taavi Suisalu, Timo Toots and Visible Solutions OÜ.

At the opening, Indrek Saar, the Minister of Culture, said that, on the one hand, the works selected for the exhibition communicate the interesting positions of contemporary Estonian artists, and on the other, provide an insight into the Estonian mindset. “Two elements, that seem to be contradictory at first glance, meet at this exhibition – the digital and the natural environment. This is in keeping with the motto of our presidency, which expresses the desire to seek a balance between a sustainable and digital environment in everyday life,” Saar added.

According to the Minister of Culture, the upcoming six months of Estonia’s presidency provide it with a good opportunity to introduce herself through her culture.  “During the term of our presidency the largest Estonian culture festival in Brussels and Belgium will take place, with 25 cultural projects being presented to the public during the second half of the year. Films, comics, poetry, fashion and design, street art and much more will arrive here from Estonia,” said Indrek Saar. “After the presidency, we will continue on to celebrating the centenary of the Republic of Estonia. Thus a very large number of people around the world will be able to participate in the Estonian presidency and our country’s centenary,” said Saar. 

The purpose of the international programmes marking the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the centenary of the Republic of the Estonia (EV100) are to more broadly introduce Estonia to the world.  In total over 150 cultural, educational, scientific and technological events in more their 30 countries will take place. Find more information HERE.

Find the photo gallery of the exhibition opening HERE.

More information:

Eike Eller

Estonian Cultural Attaché in Brussels

+322 2273 917

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