2012 GRAND FRAGILITY in Tallinn Art Hall

Estonian glass art celebrates its 75th jubilee with a grand installative exhibition „Grand Fragility“ from 9 June to 22 July in Tallinn Art Hall.

Glass will be presented in various ways – in its everyday, tense and controversial fragility that the artists face daily, talking about topics that touch them through the material and its most characteristic feature.
The main collection of the exhibition consists of specially made series and installations. Some of the best works and projects in glass art from the last year will also be presented. One part of the exhibition presents more than 30 musical instruments made of glass for one of the highlight events of the European Capital of Culture project „World of Glass“.

In addition to the fragility of the material itself also some topics addressed by the artists involve fragility i.e. of the environment (Mare Saare, Ivo Lill), civilization (Rait Rääts), human soul (Kai Kiudsoo-Värv, Kati Kerstna); or the fragility of social order and architecture (Tiina Sarapu, Helena Kreem) – topics, that will be presented with the material epitome of fragility.

The design of the exhibition is created by Dutch artist Jan Scheernhoorn. He bases his work on the room itself that emerges as an integral part of the art work presented. Light designer Oliver Kulpsoo also uses completely unusual solutions for this exhibition.

The exhibition is a culmination for the international series of exhibitions „Estonian Glass“ that has been presented in Gernheim glass museum in Germany and Riihimäki glass museum in Finland.

Participating artists:
Sofi Aršas, Piret Ellamaa, Riho Hütt, Liisi Junolainen, Andra Jõgis, Mikk Jäger, Viivi-Ann Keerdo, Kati Kerstna, Kai Kiudsoo-Värv, Helena Kreem, Eve Koha, Kai Koppel, Eeva Käsper, Anne-Liis Leht, Ivo Lill, Maie Mikof-Liivik, Külli Nidermann, Herbert Orgusaar, Kairi Orgusaar, Rait Prääts, Kateriin Rikken, Kristi Ringkjob, Peeter Rudaš, Mare Saare, Maret Sarapu, Tiina Sarapu, Kalli Sein, Caspar Sild, Eili Soon, Maarja Treufeldt, Kristiina Uslar, Eero Vaikre.

Idea: Harry Liivrand
Curator: Kati Kerstna
Design: Jan Sheerhoorn (Netherlands)
Light design: Oliver Kulpsoo
Organization: Estonian Glass Artists Association, MTÜ Seni
World of Glass: Estonian Academy of Art glass art department, Tallinn Creative Hub
Supporters: Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonian Artists Association and Akzo Nobel Baltics OÜ