Estonian Art: The Archive Issue 1/2020


The editor of the magazine
Annika Toots

Estonian Art is a biannual English language magazine dedicated to art, design and architecture that has been published by the Estonian Institute since 1997. It represents through its board the primary art institutions in Estonia.

The spring edition of the Estonian Art magazine examines the relationship between art, architecture, art institutions and archives. The Archive Issue takes a look at different aspects of
collecting, preserving and digitising.

For this issue, artist Maria Kapajeva has created a visual essay Dream Is Wonderful, Yet Unclear, based on her research project on Kreenholm manufactory and her recently published photobook.
Anthropologist Francisco Martínez analyses the aspects of repair and preservation in Bita Razavi’s work, and Zane Zajančkauska interviews curator Šelda Puķīte about art practices that
include collecting and archiving.

Architecture and archives are discussed in articles by Triin Ojari, who unfolds the background of architect Enno Raag’s (1926–2006) rich collection of photographs of Soviet-era summer cottages,
and Sandra Mälk, who describes the specifics of collecting architectural drawings based on the personal archive of Maire Annus (1941–2014).

The focus is also on the relations between art institutions and archives: Marika Agu writes a report on the archives of the Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), which contain different layers of digital and physical materials dating back to the early 1990s. Annika Räim explains the complexity of preserving new media installations based on the recently opened permanent
exhibition of the 1990s at the Kumu Art Museum. And Ivar-Kristjan Hein, the head of the digital collection of the Art Museum of Estonia, reveals some of the problems that are related to the digitisation of artworks.

In addition, art worker Maarin Ektermann offers ten reading suggestions from her most interesting recent reading experiences

Designed by Jaan Evart.
Published by Estonian Institute
Editorial board: Triin Ojari, Marten Esko, Katrin Maiste, Kaarin Kivirahk, Elnara Taidre, Kadi Polli, Kadri Laas, Kai Lobjakas.
Language Editor: Michael Haagensen
Translator: Mari Volens, Aksel Haagensen
Printed at: Tallinn Book Printers
Print run: 500
Pages: 64