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Estonian exhibition 2011. Photo: Sten Jõemets

Eksperimenta! is the biggest international youth contemporay art event taking place in Estonia, which gives young people the opportunity to present their artwork at an international triennial. The main aim of Eksperimenta! is bringing art and art education closer to each other and thus initiate sustainable changes in art education.
E! has three components:
1) a triennial exhibition consisting of national expositions curated by professional curators;
2) IDEAlaboratory – an education and exchange programme;
3) a network of art schools and art centres.

The first Eksperimenta! exhibition took place as part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 programme at Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and in Maarjamäe Palace from April 27 – June 14 2011 and presented contemporary art on the topic “Space” by young artists from 13 countries. The triennial exhibited more than 400 artworks by 14-19 year old artists from Canada, Portugal, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Russia, South Korea, Iceland and Ireland.

The second Eksperimenta! will take place on the topic “Art & Science” in from 23rd of October until 23rd of November 2014 in St Catherine’s Church and Hopner’s House. Eksperimenta! 2014 will exhibit art work by 14 – 19 year old artists from 10 countries: Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Russia, Germany, Slovenia, Portugal, Turkey, Canada, Brazil.