“Beauty Matters: The Resurgence of Beauty” is the topic for the next TAB 2019


The winning proposal was selected from the international curatorial call for the 5th installment of the biggest architecture event in the region. The selected head curator is Dr Yael Reisner, a registered architect in Israel, who works and lives in London (Yael Reisner Studio). Her proposal focuses on the subject of how beauty matters again, reflecting on a cultural shift, after nearly eighty years of dormancy, as beauty was a tabooed, denigrated subject.

The curatorial exhibition, the symposium, and the vision competition, set to bring beauty and its status to the debate, explore new beauties through the lens of new habitats, and bringing to the fore two burning issues today in architecture as in society, in response to alienating built environments, and the ecologically unfit.

The Estonian assistant curator, Johanna Jõekalda, advised on Estonia’s architectural scene and its local socio-political-cultural aspects and interests, as the TAB 2019 aspires to raise issues of engagement, internationally as locally, endorsing a local-global cross-fertilization and interaction. The curatorial team includes two more assistant curators – the architects Barnaby Gunning (London) and Artur Staškevitš, (Tallinn).

Villem Tomiste, Head of TAB Committee says that opening the topic of beauty at an architecture biennale is fresh and provocative. “The curatorial team has added to this rebellious topic a prophetic yet relevant approach to how the developments in neurology and mathematical physics are broadening our knowledge in experiencing beauty. The curator is looking at the complex topic of beauty through many spectrums and doing it at a very appropriate time- when everyone seems to be talking about beauty and aesthetic experience, but dealing with on a professional level is still naive“ commented Tomiste.

TAB is an architecture festival with a diverse international programme that fosters synergies between architecture and the general public, introduces the local architecture culture, addresses relevant issues in architecture and delves into the future of the field. TAB offers a various event programme to professionals in the field, students and everyone interested in architecture.

Tallinn Architecture Biennale is produced by Estonian Centre for Architecture and the will take place in September and October 2019, with the Opening Week in September 11 – 15.

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TAB 2019 Head Curator Dr Yael Reisner.
Photo: Heidrun Hertel.