Näituse "Minu Poola. Mäletamisest ja unustamisest" kataloogi kaas
The exhibition currently on view at the Tartu Art Museum has brought a very serious statement to the Minister's desk from the Estonian Jewish community. In it, representatives of the community express their deep displeasure and shock regarding the artistic interpretation of the Holocaust and its terrible tragedy against humanity in the exhibition "My Poland. On Recalling and Forgetting." The reaction and ensuing debate in society brought on by the exhibition lead us to repeatedly ask where the boundaries of art lie.
I hope that the Tartu Art Museum takes the opinion expressed by the Jewish community very seriously and decides whether, given today's context, the videos presented as part of the exhibition have exceeded the boundaries of contemporary art. For me personally, this seems to be a matter concerning the ability to empathise. Tomorrow [11.02.2015] I have a meeting scheduled with representatives of the Jewish community in Estonia, led by Mrs. Alla Jakobson, in order to discuss these issues openly.
Today, Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas and Irene Käosaar, Director of the Integration Foundation, announced the list of most outstanding promoters of integration for the year. Recognition and a financial prize were awarded to the non-profit Estonian Union of National Minorities, Estonian Refugee Council and Changemakers, as well as Arkadi Popov, the Director of the Emergency Medicine Centre of the North Estonia Medical Centre.
Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas designated a century-old landing site for fishing boats, and the watermill on Simmu Farm in the village of Möldri as cultural monuments. The landing site is still in use and the mill is unique because it has been rebuilt into a watermill.