TAB 2019 Curatorial Exhibition “Beauty Matters”



12.09. – 17.11.2019

In celebrating beauty in architecture, after some eight decades of denigration, Beauty Matters aims to elevate the status of beauty and its role in exploring new aesthetics through the lens of habitation.
Architecture, like poetry or music, has the power to speak both to individuals and to society, nurturing and preserving their differences whilst acknowledging their similarities and giving identity to shared culture.
Exhibitors from Estonia and around the world were chosen for their diverse palette of agendas and aesthetics, together they introduce a contemporary, pluralistic approach to the experience of beauty, a creation by individuals for their fellow individuals, as beauty is not a singular idea.
The exhibition brings to the fore two of today’s burning issues presenting positive alternatives to alienating and ecologically unfit built environments.
These eight installations form a street in the main exhibition space, with injections of woodland as a prevalent feature of the urban landscape. Each installation is a segment of a larger habitation project, which can be seen projected above at mezzanine level. Now imagine this street… courier robots deliver goods, while residents walk or transit on scooters, bicycles and local trams, and drones fly high above.

Head Curator: Yael Reisner
Curators’ Assistants: Liina Soosaar, Barnaby Gunning
Exhibition Design: Yael Reisner with Barnaby Gunning
Exhibitors: Sou Fujimoto Architects, March Studio, Kadri Kerge, soma architecture, Yael Reisner and Barnaby Gunning, Space Popular, Elena Manferdini, Kadarik Tüür Architects, Paula Strunden, Arne Maasik, Indrek Must
Soundscape: Nathan Tulve, Jakob Tulve
Organizer: Estonian Centre for Architecture

Headline Partner: ABB
Virtual Reality Partner: HTC VIVE Arts

Tour in English at the exhibition on November 16th at 3 p.m.