This collaborative exhibit celebrates both Canada’s 150th and Estonia’s 100th birthdays by highlighting the role of Estonian architects in Canada.
VEMU has been working to prepare an exhibit about architects in Toronto with Estonian backgrounds in collaboration with the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn since 2015 and will be on display there in 2018. The curator and keeper of collections at the Museum of Estonian Architecture, Jarmo Kauge, has visited Toronto three times to research the lives and architectural heritage created by architects in their new homeland who emigrated to Canada from Estonia after the Second World War.
The exhibit is a summary of the research, demonstrating the surprising influence Estonian-born architects had on the spread of modern architecture in Toronto and across Canada. The exhibit focuses first and foremost on the older generation of architects, those whose work and activity at universities have left a strong mark on Toronto’s cityscape, as well as on the quality of architectural education. The work of Estonian architects in Canada has not been thoroughly researched until now. Big name architects such as Elmar Tampõld or Uno Prii (educated at the University of Toronto), are not well-known in Estonia; therefore, this exhibit is a good opportunity to introduce them and other shining individuals, as well as their remarkable creations to the Estonian audience.
The exhibit will be on display beginning September 22, 2017 at VEMU opening with a symposium dedicated to the exhibit, and will remain on display until February 12, 2018. It will travel on to Tallinn in Spring 2018 and be on display at the Museum of Estonian Architecture.