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Exhibition "Gone by the coffee. Traces of coffee/cafés in Estonian art and literature"

On October 17, 2017, at 5 p.m. the exhibition "Gone by the coffee. Traces of coffee/cafés in Estonian art and literature" will be opened at the Tallinn Literary Centre's Eduard Vilde Museum.

"A café is a place where I will meet the world because in each café you can discover signs of all the cafés in the world." - Jaak Jõerüüt

Through the examples of selected literary and visual art from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, the exhibition explores the phenomenon of the symbolic café-Treffpunkts (Werner, Pegasus, etc.) and the creative influence of the social and spiritual space of the cafés.

Today, the century will pass from the stardom of Siuru literary movement, as well as the birth of the word "café". The members of Siuru were the first generation of urban writers for whom the café's role became existential. In the course of one such "intoxicating coffee drinking", in the spring of 1917, the new word "café" was born during the Siuru's social language game.

The exhibition features about twenty works of art from different collections. There are works by Ado Vabbe, Varmo Pirgi, Endel Kõks, Richard Kaljo, Eduard Wiiralt and others.

The poetry selection from the beginning of the 20th century to the present is creating a variety of moods (from daily to sublime) that have been influenced in one way or another by the moods of visiting the café or drinking coffee. The poems are written by H. Visnapuu, A. Alliksaar, J. Kaplinski, V. Luik, J. Jõerüüt, D. Kareva, J. Rooste and many others, including the early poetry of Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

The combination of poems, excerpts from prose, paintings and drawings reflects the role of cafés in the city environment and their position as cultural signs of the city, the potential that inspires the atmosphere of the cafés, and the variety of café visitors.

Of course, you can drink coffee (thanks to LLC Rocket Beans) at the exhibition and buy coffee packs with some coffee quotes, which have been written by four Estonian writers: Viivi Luik, Jaak Jõerüüt, Doris Kareva and Jan Kaus.

The exhibition will remain open until 6 January 2018.

Curators: Kairi Tilga (Tallinn Literary Centre), Kerttu Männiste (guest curator, Estonian Art Museum).

Designers: Mae Kivilo, Maarja-Liis Raamat and Alden Jõgisuu.

Acknowledgements: Estonian Art Museum, Tartu Art Museum, Under and Tuglas Literature Centre, HAUS Gallery, Mart Lepp, Mare Jugandi, Viivi Luik, Doris Kareva, Jaak Jõerüüt, Jan Kaus, Leelo Tungal, Andrus Kivirähk, Maimu Berg, Jürgen Rooste, Ave Alavainu, Veronika Kivisilla

Thank you: Liisu Arro, TaevaniMaani Meistrikoda, Reval Cafe and King Coffee Service LLC

Supporter: Cultural Endowment of Estonia

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