Opening of the Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom Exhibit “Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at 100” in Toronto

October 1, 2018

September 29, 2018 the exhibit by the Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at 100 was opened in the parking lot of Tartu College in Toronto.

The exhibit will be on display from September 28 – October 19, 2018, 24hrs.

The travelling exhibit pavilion with light installations is 12 metres wide and 4 metres high, it weighs 4 tonnes and is compiled of 244 panels, each one telling a small part of Estonia’s colourful and exciting history as well as featuring highlights of present-day Estonia. Students, businesses, a number of Estonian photographers including Annika Haasi, Birgit Püve, and Triin Kerge as well as many Estonian museums contributed to the completion of the exhibit.

Through five topics – history, culture, what it means to be Estonia, famous citizens of the world, and innovation – the exhibit features solutions and contemporary movements associated with Estonia that are recognized by Estonians abroad and are an inspiration to people all over the world. Simultaneously, the exhibit introduces Estonian design and service industries, encourages people to travel to Estonia and search for collaborative opportunities with local businesses.

The location of the exhibit, in the Tartu College parking lot at 9 Madison Ave. in Toronto, is the future home to the Estonian Centre (opening 2021).

The exhibit opening was well attended during Nuit Blanche and the following three weeks. The Toronto Estonian Supplementary School students also visited the exhibit spending a school evening with Sander Jürisson from Vabamu and Piret Noorhani from VEMU.

Sander Jürisson who had travelled to Toronto to help put up the exhibit also gave a lecture at VEMU about the renovated Occupations and Freedom Museum in Tallinn.

The exhibit travelled on from Toronto to Boston, where it can be viewed during the Baltic 100 events in November.

Read more about the exhibit here

View the Estonian Life Newspaper photo gallery here