The 15th Tallinn Print Triennial ‘For Love Not Money’

January 21 – May 05, 2011
Kumu Art Museum, The Great Hall

January 21 – April 23, 2011
Kumu Art Museum, 5th floor, Gallery of Contemporary Art


The European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 presents: 15th Tallinn Print Triennial For Love Not Money


The 15th Tallinn Print Triennial For Love Not Money in the Great Hall of the Kumu Art Museum. The 15th Tallinn Print Triennial is part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 programme.


The 15th Tallinn Print Triennial For Love Not Money presents the audience with a large-scale and varied exposition. In addition to the main exhibition in the Great Hall and on the 5th floor of Kumu, a satellite exhibition called Mapping takes place in the B-wing of the 4th floor, introducing the elite of the works of art from the Ljubljana Biennials of Graphic Art (curator Lilijana Stepancic, designer Liina Siib), while Urmas Viik and Küllike Jaama’s project Luik’s Hummer can be viewed at the Tallinn Airport. The curators of the triennial are Simon Rees (Lithuania), Eve Kask and Eha Komissarov. The triennial will last until 8 May.


For Love Not Money looks at contemporary printmaking in the wider context of modern art trends. In English, the aphorism ‘for love not money’ is used to describe any activities which are done out of passion or love and which cannot be evaluated in monetary terms. The antipode of love in the triennial is money. Money has turned out to be an extremely popular topic, examined by numerous artists from various countries. Money can be treated with passion, spent with vehemence, or condemned on philosophical grounds.


The participants in the exhibition are 46 artists chosen by the curators, and another 63 artists who have survived a fierce competition. The artists displayed at the triennial come from 35 different countries, and include renowned international artists of the highest level. Traditionally, the focus of the triennial is on the art of the Baltic countries, preserving its original identity through the participation of Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian art circles.


The triennial is open to the newest trends in contemporary art, which include videos, performance art, photos, and various print media. For Love Not Money is divided into subcategories, which expand on the complex structure of love and cover different keywords connected with love and money, such as yearning, addiction, dedication, family, love, religion, politics, commodity, fetish and sex.


A part of the general exhibition is the display of works of art by Óscar Muñoz, a Colombian artist who won the Grand Prix at the 2007 triennial.


Participants: Alina Rudnitskaya (Russia), Andrew Raftery (USA), Billy Apple (New Zealand), Frances Stark (USA), Honza Zamojski (Poland), Jesper Fabricius (Denmark), Jim Speers (New Zealand), Kęstutis Grigaliūnas (Lithuania), Leonards Laganovskis (Latvia), Liena Bondare (Latvia), Makoto Aida (Japan), Óscar Muñoz (Colombia), Paula Rego (Portugal/Great Britain), IC 98 − Patrick Söderlund & Visa Suonpää (Finland), Raul Meel (Estonia), Sister Mary Corita (USA), Slava Mogutin (Russia/USA), Tracey Moffatt (Australia), Tromarama (Indonesia), and many others.


On 21 January at 1 pm the Kumu Art Museum hosts the conference Love’s Labour’s Lost; the youth exhibition For Love Not Money. For Beginners is open in the East Creative Space; a creative writing display by Loesje, titled Viewpoint, is shown in the experimental gallery in the tunnel under Vabaduse Square; and the public is invited to the topical education programmes at the Kumu Education Centre.


At the opening of the triennial on 20 January, and on the day of the conference on 21 January, Eric Fuertes (USA) and Frances Gallardo (Puerto Rico) will put on a performance.

The graphic designers of the 15th Tallinn Print Triennial For Love Not Money are Jan Tomson and Indrek Sirkel, and the exhibition was designed by Ralf Lõoke and Neeme Külm.


Sponsors and partners:

United States Embassy, Austrian Embassy, DHL Estonia AS, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Academy of Arts, Art Museum of Estonia, Estonian Artists’ Association, Gambling Tax Council, Kultur Stadt Salzburg, Ministry of Culture, Kumu Art Museum, International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Nordic Culture Point, Peri AS, Estonian National Culture Foundation, Foundation Tallinn 2011, Seesam International Insurance Company Ltd., and the Tallinn City Government.