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Estonian Leatherwork Artists' Union's exhibition "Estonian Literature in Estonian Binding"

Estonian National Library exhibits Estonian leatherwork artists' visions of Estonian literature.

The Estonian Leatherwork Artists' Union offered an opportunity to creatively interpret contemporary Estonian literature to 42 active bookbinding artists. Fresh works are presented alongside with older bookbinding heritage from the collections of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Adamson-Eric Museum, Tallinn City Museum, Academic Library of Tallinn University and Estonian National Library, and private collections.

The exhibition presents books in both the older and newer bindings from Kristjan Jaak Peterson to the contemporary young authors, including books by beloved classics O. Luts, Fr. Tuglas, M. Under, A. H. Tammsaare, J. Kross, and D. Kareva, bound by several artists. Altogether, there are belletristic works from 140 Estonian writers from the 1920s to the present day bound by 70 Estonian bookbinders.

The exhibition is also an homage to the Estonian literature and bookbinders' birthday gift to the 100-year-old Republic of Estonia. A long timeline gives an opportunity to look at the development of bookbinding, as the professional leather art of Estonia also celebrated its 100th birthday last year.

The opening of the exhibition is on February 20, 2018, at 5 p.m.