The Fine Lines of Constructiveness


The main exhibition of the 9th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial The Fine Lines of Constructiveness is open at the Kai Art Center from 5 October 2024 until 16 February 2025.


The exhibition features artists from the Baltic and Nordic countries, representing fields of applied art and contemporary craft, including a variety of techniques and materials. 

The main exhibition of the triennial is curated by Maret Sarapu, focusing on constructiveness, rebuilding and moving towards solutions. “For me, constructiveness is, above all, a willingness to experiment, to look for unexpected collaborations, to innovate and make something new,” says the curator. “Constructiveness can emerge when means are scarce, energy low or when it is understood that we need to be gentle with one another.” It can also appear in natural clear-mindedness. Constructiveness does not mean merely “pointing to the sore points in society” and stopping there. So, the exhibition includes works that showcase individual or collective methods to move towards solutions.”

Artists are selected for the exhibition via an open call and by the curator directly. The list of artists will be published in spring 2024.


Curator: Maret Sarapu is an artist and curator based in Tallinn. She has graduated from the Department of Glass Art at the Estonian Academy of Arts (BA 2002, MA 2005). She has taken additional professional courses and been in artist residences both in Estonia and abroad, including Creative Glass Center of America (USA), the Glass Centre of Sunderland University (UK) and GlazenHuis (Belgium). Maret Sarapu has curated numerous glass art exhibitions in Estonia and participated in group shows in Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Turkey and USA. Her works belong to notable museum collections. As a curator, she is interested how a constructive and solutions-oriented approach is expressed in contemporary craft what solutions can be found through creative practices. Sarapu is interested in art as a source of resilience, helping people overcome difficulties and finding meaning in challenging situations.


Team:  Merle Kasonen, Maret Sarapu, Keiu Krikmann, Anu Almik, Katre Ratassepp, Laura Pappa


Tallinn Applied Art Triennial is an international art event established in 1997, organized by NGO Tallinn Applied Art Triennial Society. The triennial contributes to the development of the fields of applied art and contemporary craft. Alongside the international main exhibition, The Fine Lines of Constructiveness, the 9th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial also hosts an exciting satellite programme, taking place in various locations all over Tallinn. More information:


Supporters: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Tallinn Culture and Sports Department, DHL Express Estonia, OnTheGoSystems