ESTONISHING ! 13* from Estonia
Exhibition was opened 16 November 2016 at
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design
Contemporary Estonian jewellery has become a hallmark of quality on the international stage and stands out with its emotional depth and melancholic contemplation from the ever-conforming jewellery of the mainstream. This is also the reason why the Brazilian gallerist Thomas Cohn invited Estonian jewellers to represent his gallery at the major jewellery event “Schmuck” in Munich this March. Thomas Cohn’s gallery is the leading contemporary jewellery gallery in Latin America and represents jewellers from around the world. He also suggested a rather bold title for the exhibition: “ESTONISHING ! 13* from Estonia”, reflecting his great admiration for Estonian jewellery. The curators regard the common interests of the 13 Estonian artists chosen for the exhibition as including a contemplative approach to the origins of creativity and by having secluded themselves from the bustle of the world through intellectual clarity and cognitive subjectivity. A quiet mutual respect binds the artists, whose ideas coexist like a sparsely scattered settlement.
The prestigious jewellery exhibition “Schmuck”, a part of Handwerksmesse, which takes place in Munich every year in March, is the largest pre-selected exhibition of contemporary jewellery and has been taking place regularly since 1959. Important jewellery galleries from around the world gather at the trade fair to present artists or exhibitions alongside “Schmuck”. “Schmuck” itself and its satellite exhibition in the city has continued to grow into a more and more remarkable stage and forum for jewellery and in the past few years has been organised under the name “Munich Jewellery Week”. The week of events, now on the scale of a festival, is visited by thousands of professionals from around the world – artists, gallerists, collectors, critics and students. Over a hundred jewellery exhibitions open throughout the city. There are lectures and promotional events and book launches.
The public has taken to “Estonishing” wonderfully. The integrity and deliberateness of the display was outstanding in the context of the fair. Many works found their way from the exhibition into important private collections around the world.
In June, the Estonian jewellery travelled to São Paulo, where it was exhibited in Thomas Cohn’s gallery. Now, after two successful exhibitions abroad, the Estonian public may see the works by the 13 jeweller, both new and previously exhibited, in the stairway gallery at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue designed by Asko and Julia Maria Künnap. In addition to presenting the work, each artist reveals something about themselves through one Estonian word and an illustrative image.
Curators: Thomas Cohn and Tanel Veenre
Participating artists: Kadri Mälk, Tanel Veenre, Piret Hirv, Kristiina Laurits, Villu Plink, Nils Hint, Sofja Hallik, Eve Margus-Villems, Darja Popolitova, Maria Valdma, Julia Maria Künnap, Maarja Niinemägi, Ketli Tiitsar
The design of the exhibition is a collaboration by all the participating artists.
Supporters: Thomas Cohn, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Susan Cummins, Helena Pahlman, Mart Kalm, Law Office Ehasoo&Partners, SA Noor Ehe, Emil Urbel
gold, seashell, bone
engraved milky opal, buffalo horn, silver, gold
BLIND II (detail)
black salt, wood, silver, black tourmaline, aquamarine, white goldleaf
Second Nature V
ash wood, silver, pigment
stabilized wood, resin, pigment, silver, steel
Painted cibatool, silver, pleonast
Read the article of Kellie Riggs about Estonishing ! here