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Tallinna Kunstihoone

The State is not a Work of Art

Tallinn Art Hall educational programme


21 Feb – 27 April


AGE GROUP: Lower secondary school (3rd level) and upper secondary school

FOCUS: nationalism, nationality, state, objectivity and subjectivity, the language of contemporary art

GENERAL COMPETENCES: culture and values, social and civic, self-determination and communication competence

VOCABULARY: socially sensitive art, installation, video art

DURATION: 60–90 minutes, depending on the preferences of the group


A state is a dynamic entity that is in constant change; there is no single and clear truth. Contemporary art offers a perfect opportunity to address complex and ambiguous topics. These include: What is Estonia? What is nationalism? In which direction is our country going and in which direction would we like it to go? Why do we need a state and what is necessary for a state to exist? What is important to me personally? How to see the grey areas in what seem to be black and white topics? We will have several playful and humorous discussions during the programme. At the end of the session, students will be assigned a creative group task to help them analyse the experience of the exhibition.


NB! The programme can be booked as a single session at Tallinn Art Hall as well as a package that includes a visit to the Estonian History Museum. Further information on the sidebar!


Gallery sessions can be booked from Wednesday to Friday from 12 pm to 7 pm. 


Price: 3 € per student