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Parade of Estonian art in the National Library


On 13 September the National Library opened a representative exhibition „From artists to the library“, displaying works submitted under a contest which was launched in 2012 to commemorate the library´s 95th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of opening the library building at Tõnismägi 2. The exhibition extends from the main exhibition hall to the foyer gallery and the 6th floor exhibition hall.

The exhibition opening was also a prize-awarding event for participating artists. The jury gave three awards: the first prize (100 euros and a free exhibition in one of the National Library’s galleries), the second prize (500 euros and a free exhibition in one of the National Library’s galleries) and the third prize (a free exhibition in one of the National Library’s galleries).

The exhibition shows nearly 140 works by 70 artists, mostly professionals but also some art students. The selection of works represents a wide variety of art forms, ranging from author’s bindings, drawings and graphic art to tapestry and installations.

The first prize winner Marje Üksine

From the very first years in its new building the National Library has been art-friendly, offering its visitors a diverse exhibitions programme. Artists have enjoyed to show their work in the library, proved anew by the high participation rate of this contest where they were called to cherish the National Library as a symbol of Estonian culture.

The exhibition has been designed by a well-known Estonian graphic artist Loit Jõekalda. It will remain open until 16 October.
The list of participants can be viewed here.