ONE DAY IN TALLINN
Updated: Sep 16, 2019
Last weekend I was visiting friends and family in Estonia and couldn’t miss a chance to visit a few galleries and explore the art scene in Tallinn.
I haven’t been to Tallinn for a good couple of years, and even then I haven’t really had a chance to visit galleries and art installations. This time I mapped out a few galleries that I wanted to visit as well as a new cultural/ creative hub - Telliskivi Creative City, in the hip neighbourhood Kalamaja! The route can be found here.
Telliskivi Creative City
We started at Telliskivi Creative City. Since 2009 Telliskivi houses a vast number of studios, workshops, galleries, independent business and start-ups as well as cafes, restaurants, flea market and a lot of street art! Telliskivi gave a platform for small business and creatives to develop independent brands, startups and most importantly build a community.
The chosen site used to be a railway factory when it was first built in 1869, however since 1940 it became an Electrical Engineering Factory. The site has been stripped down to its bones and given to local businesses. The minimum fit - out, random old furniture in cafes, street art and quite a few empty industrial buildings certainly give the area that ‘Hackney Wick’ feel!
It’s been great to discover local craftsmen and locally sources food. The whole development is rather big, so make sure you allow your self at least half a day for the visit.
Also, don’t forget to head East (Follow Telliskivi Street) where you can find more street food stalls with local food and drinks and a huge warehouse which is now a flea market - a perfect place to find some 80s gems and some Soviet Union memorabilia. Tallinn Baltic Station Market (Balti Jaama Turg) is also next door to it, here you can find fresh fruit & veg, fish and meat.
Teleskivi is located really central, it is a walking distance away from the Old Tallinn!
My suggested route (which can be found here) to the galleries will take you through the centre of the Old Town towards Town Hall Square (Raekoja Plats). As you head towards Pikk Street you will find a few galleries dotted around this stretch, I decided to visit two of them, however, do get lost in Old Tallinn, there is so much to see!
Without further ado let’s get to the galleries!
I manage to catch the last day of a solo exhibition by Liisa Eelmaa in this small gallery, located right in the heart of Old Tallinn. Liisa Eelmaa is known for working with video medium, however, this time artist is exploring the ‘art of painting’ translating her studies in to mix media pieces.
Unintentionally it was the last day of Kelli Valk’s solo exhibition at Draakoni Gallery too. Amazing exhibition by an award-winning artist presented a dozen watercolour paintings in a series titled ‘In the Garden” and ‘In the Forest’. The series was inspired by mysterious characters from artist's grandmother embroideries, hence each painting has a little fairytale character in each composition.
I also really enjoyed the façade of the gallery (1910) in Art Nouveau Style. Facade designed in eclectic style by architect Jacques Rosenbaum.
From there we made our way to the final destination – Multimedia Show, an amazing project, which features work of three geniuses of the 19th century – Monett, Klimt and van Gogh. Selection of 140 painting is projected in an old cinema space at 360 degrees around you, meaning that you find your self in the painting.
Selected work in animated and paired with classical music, which creates an incredible experience for the visitors. 15 minus slots for each painter showcase carefully curated masterpieces.
The whole show lasts 45 minutes, but it goes by so fast that you won't even notice. During that time you leave reality and delve into the magical world of art.
Vincent van Gogh extract
Claude Monet extract
Gustav Klimt extract
Ps. There is tea for everyone at the entrance, so don’t forget to get your self a cuppa and enjoy the show!
I hope you will enjoy your day out in Tallinn as much I did!
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