Museum - Open today 09:00 ― 01:00
The internationally renowned photographic art centre Fotografiska Tallinn with roots in Stockholm is open from today. Fotografiska Tallinn is where art, great food, music, design and open thinking meet in the heart of Telliskivi Creative City.
With a world-class network of photographers, Fotografiska Stockholm has organised more than 190 exhibitions, which have included the best in the field – like Annie Leibovitz, David La Chapelle, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon, Nick Brandt, and Andres Serrano – as well as new emerging talents in the world of photographic art. Historically, Fotografiska has been an influencer, playing an active role in society and raising controversial issues.
“The idea to bring world-class photography to Tallinn came to me in 2012, when I first visited Fotografiska in Stockholm. It was love at first sight. I am immensely happy that this journey has brought me together with other like-minded people, who believed in this idea and with whom we are opening our doors to the general public today”, said one of the co-founders of Fotografiska Tallinn and Head of Exhibitions Maarja Loorents about the origin of the new photographic art centre. “Now, several years later, to our great surprise, Margit Aasmäe, Rain Tamm, Peeter Pihel and I have come so far as to actually realise one of our great dreams”, continued Loorents.
Tallinn is the first place outside Stockholm where Fotografiska will expand to. Already next year, Fotografiska will land in New York and London. The photography art centre includes an exhibitions and events area, a café, restaurant, and photography art and gift shop. Peeter Pihel will be in charge of the Fotografiska Tallinn food concept. As a passionate pioneer of sustainable food, the top chef has set a goal to create a restaurant that inspires, with an attitude of caring for the environment and resource efficient cooking.
“We use the power of photographic art to unite society, create a positive impact, and draw attention to different topics. The creative work of photographers is a means to tell the stories behind the shots and open perspectives that cannot be ignored, be it beautiful, painful, surprising, or uncomfortable”, explained Margit Aasmäe, co-founder and CEO of Fotografiska Tallinn, about the broader meaning behind the centre.
Fotografiska Tallinn opens its doors with four exhibitions: Jimmy Nelson’s “Homage to humanity” (Great Britain), Anja Niemi’s “In Character” (Norway), Pentti Sammallahti’s “Distant Land” (Finland), and Anna-Stina Treumund’s “Lilli, Reed, Frieda, Sabine, Eha, Malle, Alfred, Rein and Mari” (Estonia). The authors were selected based on the principle that they complement each other and provide an integral feeling, at the same time offering the visitors different experiences.
Fotografiska Tallinn is privately owned and co-founded by Estonian entrepreneurs Margit Aasmäe, Maarja Loorents, Rain Tamm, and Peeter Pihel. The first Fotografiska was opened in Stockholm in 2010 by brothers Jan and Per Broman.
The total area of Fotografiska Tallinn is 2,500 m², with 1,200 m² dedicated to exhibitions. The restaurant is located on the top floor of the building with panoramic views of Toompea and the Kalamaja district. The building was designed by Salto Architects, and interior design was done by Toomas Korb.
Photo by Tiina-Liina Uudam
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