Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris
8 December 2017 – 21 January 2018
Loov Kultuur is an exhibition that takes an in-depth look at the creative culture of Estonia. It is part of Estonia 100 – a series of events organised by the Estonian government to mark the centenary of the country’s independence. On show are exhibits in the area of design, art, fashion, street art, photography and animation.
A small country offers a good framework for an overall cultural research area. Taking various Estonian projects, the exhibition shows a snapshot of its culture. “Loov Kultuur” is Estonian and means creative culture, which in this case is bound to nature and yet modern.
An exhibition staged by the Estonian Design House presents over seventy objects with an aesthetically minimalist approach to design. Using an app and augmented reality, the (R)estart Reality project relates the history of Estonian folklore and combines digital culture with street art. The artist, Sophie Larger, creates objects that question our way of living and co-existence with nature. The architects Maarja Kask and Ralf Lõoke (Salto Architects) and the artist Neeme Külm have installed their “Heat Waves” in Paris’s urban space: these are heating panels, intended to make visitors aware of our current ecological situation. The traditional core areas of this culture are also on display with the Iglusaun, a reinterpretation of the timehonoured design of the sauna. The supporting programme offers short films, and workshops on various textile techniques.
Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design in Paris is a centre used for various purposes. The themes change with the seasons, so spring is given to photography, summer has interactive exhibitions and winter is a time to discover new cultures.