Let us present you a selection of new sightworthy exhibitions, movie screenings, theater and performance shows!

Tartu Museum Week

25 Feb – 02 Mar

The aim of the Museum Week is to bring the Tartu people and Tartu museums closer to each other. Sixteen Tartu museums have joined forces and offer adventurous camp days for winter school holidays.

For educating and entertaining the younger people of Tartu, the programs have been set up for every day of school holidays. There are ten special programs and the topics vary from optical illusions to traveling to tropics. The busy week culminates on Saturday, March 2, with the thematic day “Become Wise with Tartu”, where all the Tartu people and guests are welcome.

Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) was an American conceptual artist, who fundamentally changed the understanding of architecture.

His site-specific works revealed the chaos and anarchy behind the seeming order of the urban space. Anu Vahtra’s project in the Kumu Art Museum courtyard is inspired by Matta-Clark’s activities.

Curators: Sergio Bessa (The Bronx Museum of the Arts), Jessamyn Fiore (Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark) and Anu Allas.

Karolin Kruuse’s exhibition “Woman”

27 Feb – 17 Mar
Narva Art Residency

Documentary photo series “Woman” represents Finno-Ugric women in their national clothes who are based in Estonia. These women are proud of their behaviour and traditions and they are inheriting it to the next generations. Series represents communities such as: Estonians, Ersas, Ingers, Livonians, Maris, Moksas, Setos, Udumurts. The artist have asked from each participant what does it mean to be a woman? Different answers will echo around the exhibition space, and can also be read from the “red book”.

Karolin Kruuse (b. 1988) is a documentary photographer. She graduated Tallinn Polytechnic in 2017 in photography. Previously she has studied alternative medicine and written articles about traditional cultures. She has volunteered in Kenya, worked with refugee communities in Estonia and in a refugee camps in Palestine.

Noora Nio-Jussi’s exhibition “Covered”

25 Feb – 21 Apr
Tallinn Art Hall Gallery

“Is it possible to take cover in a society where anonymity no longer exists and our insides are laid bare for all to see?” asks Finnish artist Noora Nio-Juss.

Some time ago, Noora started delving into woodcut printing in large and quite labour-intensive formats. Her “patterns” were recognisably painterly, reminiscent of her monotypes and gouache and oil paintings in terms of their themes and expressive power. Her ever-growing consideration for technique has laid way for a more graphic approach. Unique, handmade prints, variations within series, and unusual ways of exhibiting give Noora Nio-Juss’s boldly suggestive woodcuts their own signature feel.

On her exhibition she elaborates: “Nature is an asylum, a place to lean into and dissolve, to become an organic part of a whole larger than human society.”

The Barcelona Pavilion, the masterpiece through which Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich staged their revolutionary ideas in 1929, changed the history of architecture forever.

It only existed for eight months but paradoxically its image remained alive in the minds of generations of architects around the world, becoming one of their greatest influences.

The pavilion is still surrounded by myths and mysteries that this documentary addresses. It frames the building in a portrait in two acts: the Barcelona that made possible its construction in 1929, and the Barcelona that undertook its reconstruction in 1986. The documentary immerses us in reflection on the transformative capacity of art, the emotional perception of space and the concept of the masterpiece.

Tartu Dance Club

27 Feb
Tiigi Society House

The duration of the dance club is flexible, and usually if the last musician starts to pack their instruments, it directly indicates that it’s time to go home. Sometimes it does not stop the party if there are still other musicians, singers and dancers in the room, who are still in the dancing mood. The Tartu Dance Club continues with the dance music of the folk parties from the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, and with the enjoyable social life. There are always folk musicians, dance teachers and passionately dedicated dancers who share their skills with others. All folk music lovers are welcome to the Dance Club to dance or to play music. We encourage you to come with your friends. We ask you to bring some food and comfortable exchange shoes for dancing.

Film Blade Runner 2049

28 Feb
Tartu University Church

Denis Villeneuve’s (Arrival, Sicario) Blade Runner 2049 is a sequel to the cult sci-fi movie Blade Runner. The second part of the story takes place 30 years after the events of the first film.

Blade Runner 2049 is the third collaboration between Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins, the previous films being Sicario and Prisoners, for which Deakins, who has been nominated for Oscar 13 times, won two Oscar nominations.

Presentation concert of Lenna’s album 3X

1 Mar
Estonian National Museum

3X released by Sony Music sub-company Made In Baltics is Lenna’s third studio album, which was born in collaboration with producer Raul Ojamaa.

For Lenna, the birth of the album has been a process of great internal development, and although she and Raul did not know each other before, the collaboration was great because they were creatively on the same page. “From my point of view, this is definitely my best album because I can say that I’m part of the creative process. In case of my other albums, I wasn’t involved much in the creative process,” Lenna described the new album.

The first three singles of the album, Kolm korda, Keeruta and Kuule, have already received an extremely warm reception in both digital channels and radio stations.

The Man Who Knew Snakish

1 Mar
Theatre Vanemuine (Small Building)

The forest is getting empty. It’s the very last days of the long-ago times when our forebears, snakes and roguish bears lived under the trees like brothers, went off to battle on wolf-back and where, if 10,000 men hissed the ancient words as through one mouth, the Dragon of the North could be summoned to vanquish all enemies. The younger folk are moving away from the forest, to villages, adopting new customs and beliefs, enthusiastically ploughing and sowing manor fields, attending church and learning German, so as to learn even new and more modern tricks from the iron knights. The world has become degraded and there’s even a bitter taste to the spring water … There’s only one man left who hasn’t forgotten the old ways yet. His name is Leemet.

Saša Pepeljajev’s kinetic theatre and distinctive signature as a director are a kind of trademark that many theatre fans will swear by, even eyes closed. Pepeljajev is always capable of surprise with the viewpoint he chooses or techniques, casting some well-known story in an unexpected light.

Eva Meyer-Keller performance Death is Certain

2 Mar 
3 Mar
Kanuti Gildi SAAL

Cherries have tender skin, meat and a kind of bone inside them. Their juice is red like blood.

When you treat them like humans sometimes treat other humans, then they become human themselves or at least animate objects, which invite you to identify yourself with them. Inspired by fairy tales, where sometimes objects come to life and so become a projection screen for your own experiences and fantasies.

In the performance Death is Certain Eva Meyer-Keller has installed sweet cherries as her protagonists. The stalks are removed from the fruit, but they are not washed or stoned. Instead, they are being killed. She takes care of this business manually, in a way which turns the everyday into something brutal.