New exhibitions by the Admiralty Basin talk about the sea and the city

On June 12th Port of Tallinn, the Estonian Maritime Museum and the Museum of Estonian Architecture opened two outdoor exhibitions “The Sea is Mine, Yours, Ours” and “The City is Ours”. Exhibitions are located by the Admiralty Basin in Old City Harbour in Tallinn.

The exhibition „The Sea is Mine, Yours, Ours“ by the Estonian Maritime Museum is part of the museum’s anniversary program, which draws attention to sea’s importance in our lives and culture. According to Urmas Dresen, the Director of the Estonian Maritime Museum, the goal of the museum is to celebrate the anniversary year with coming out the museum walls and for that there’s no place better than the seaside. “An outdoor exhibition is a great way to bring maritime history closer to the general public and to create possibilities for taking part in museum’s activities outside the ordinary museum buildings Fat Margaret tower and Seaplane Harbour,“ added Dresen.

The exhibition „The City is Ours“ by the Museum of Estonian Architecture gives an overview of modern Estonian architecture, which explores the relationship between the urban space and the individual. According to Triin Ojari, the Curator of the exhibition and the Director of the Museum of Estonian Architecture, more often the question of what a new building does to the public space, as opposed to what it looks like, should be posited.

“The exhibition does more than tell a story of a city and its grand projects – attention is also paid to self-initiated and professionally executed projects in the countryside and by the sea. The exhibition features buildings, which add value to the environment and that are part of the contemporary public space,” added Ojari. The open air exhibition is also a link to the new permanent exhibition “Space In Motion: A Century of Estonian Architecture” in the Rotermann Salt Storage, which presents well-known buildings and projects from the 20th-21st century in Estonia.

The Chairman of Port of Tallinn Ain Kaljurand said that this year it is Port’s pleasure to double people’s joy of discovery in the seaside area of the city. „Estonia’s biggest sea gate is a meeting place for the sea, urban space and people. It is our aim to make port’s area more attractive for both, citizens and tourists,“ Kaljurand explained port’s interest in organizing outdoor exhibitions.

Both exhibitions by the Admiralty Basin in Old City Harbour remain open until spring 2016.

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