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How is the triennial area created?

Inga Raukas. Photo: Ahto Meri

Inga Raukas from Allianss Arhitektid shared the story of how the Eksperimenta! exhibition area is created and completed.

How were the concept and solution of the E! triennial area created?
The idea for the exhibition of the art triennial for school students was to create a backdrop for the artworks themselves that is as versatile as possible, easy to build and transform and at the same time neutral enough to make the art, rather than the design, stand out. An exhibition must also be easily viewed and comprehensible to the visitor. That is why we used various unifying and space-organizing solutions, such as the Eksperimenta! exclamation mark signs and “information posts”.

As always, design is inevitably bound by some restrictions – at least there is enough space and air at the Song Festival Grounds. We tried to preserve as much of that air as possible.

What are the biggest challenges in this project?

What is most complicated about major international art or design exhibitions is the fact that the artworks themselves will be completed only when the exhibition idea is already executed and often we don’t see the actual works until right before they’re put up. Preparing a design on the basis of photos and descriptions is therefore always a challenge. It is particularly difficult to design a background for works that we haven’t seen, to anticipate needs and provide solutions for artworks of very different nature. We have acquired an overview of the works over time and there are no doubt surprises yet to come. In that sense, there are many things that need to be anticipated and envisioned. The exhibition will appear and emerge in its entirety step by step.

Is the architectural solution of E! comparable to any of you previous works?
The Eksperimenta! project can be compared to some major international exhibitions that I have designed – such as the international jewellery design exhibition “Millennium” in the Rotermann Salt Storage, and applied art exhibitions in Tallinn Art Hall and the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design. With regard to the volume of work and material, it is comparable to the Estonian History Museum’s exhibition “A Will to Be Free” that was completed a few years ago.

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