Estonia’s modern art scene makes a splash in London

Source: Mextonia

Estonia’s modern art scene makes a splash in London

As part of the centenary celebrations of Estonia’s independence, the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Centre (ECADC) is bringing the country’s love of modern and street art to the British capital.

Three of the destination’s most renowned artists are currently showcasing their artworks in some of London’s most prestigious art galleries, exhibition spaces and art festivals in the capital.

Highlights include

Edward von Lõngus’ (R)estart Reality, permanent installation in Vauxhall

The London Festival of Architecture in partnership with Vauxhall One Business Improvement District (BID) brings mysterious street artist Edward von Lõngus – also known as the Estonian Banksy - to the London neighbourhood of Vauxhall, showcasing his augmented reality artworks on the walls of South Lambeth Place and Glasshouse Walk. London is the ninth European city to host von Longus’ augmented reality work as part of his ‘(R)estart Reality’ tour to celebrate Estonia’s 100th Anniversary. The installation involves creative and interactive technologies using an app to bridge the past and the present through creative technologies. Inspired by Estonia´s past, von Lõngus’ century-old characters travel through time and come to life with augmented reality, under the curious gaze of passers-by.

More information

Memory & Light by Arvo Pärt and Arup, 15 – 23 September at Victoria and Albert Museum

Arvo Pärt, an Estonian composer of classical and religious music, is considered one of the most well-known and performed contemporary music artists in the world, in his own words: “I could compare my music to white light, which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener.” These famous words by Arvo Pärt have inspired the specially conceived installation for the V&A’s Norfolk House Music Room, which will be showcased at the famous South Kensington museum from 15-23 September. The multi-sensory ‘Memory & Light’ installation, made of a transparent curved screen symbolising the prism dividing colours as in Pärt’s description, will represent a “viewing and listening bench” and bring Arvo Pärt’s words to life.

More information

The Arvo Pärt Centre, a creative meeting place for anyone interested in Arvo Pärt’s work and world of ideas, will officially open on 17th October in Laulasmaa, a suggestive city just one-hour drive from Tallinn, Estonia. Situated within magnificent natural surroundings, the Centre aims to celebrate Arvo Pärt’s achievements and hosts the entire creative heritage of the composer.

Last updated : 27.03.2019

In category: History & culture