Events

Robert-Rudolf Volk
On Thursday, 20 February at 5.30 p.m. the exhibition “Robert-Rudolf Volk. Artworker” will be opened in the small gallery of the Tartu Art House. The exhibition is curated by Indrek Grigor (Tartu Art Museum). The exhibition assembles a selection of sculptures by the stone cutter Volk. It is therefore an homage to the oldest member of the Tartu Artists’ Union and a sincere tribute to a fellow artworker by the curator Indrek Grigor. Volk was not a mere craftsman but also the author of many tombstones and has modelled various sculptures. Today, when the contribution of artworkers to the process of creating an art work is increasingly valued, it is past time for the first personal exhibition of Robert-Rudolf Volk.
“The Anatomy of Estonian Art Jewellery 1953-2019“
On Friday, 21 February at 6 pm exhibition “The Anatomy of Estonian Art Jewellery 1953-2019“ will be opened at the Tartu Art Museum.     Jewellery is one of the most wide-ranging areas of applied arts: despite the small size of most pieces of jewellery, they are intimately close to people. This exhibition highlights art jewellery as a means of individual self-expression that values people in diverse ways, offering them new visions and contexts, and it is based on experimentality in ideas, use of materials and the required skills.   Art jewellery conveys the characteristic elements of its time but can also transcend time. The displayed selection of objects from the 1950s to the present day looks at jewellery as an independent art form and the viewer can sense, explore, interpret and broaden all of jewellery’s possible meanings.  
Tartu Art Auction exhibition
On Thursday, 20 February at 6 p.m. the exhibition of the first Tartu Art Auction will be opened in the monumental gallery of the Tartu Art House. The auction is organised by the Tartu Artists’ Union in co-operation with the gallery Art & Tonic. Auction takes place on 13 March!   Altogether, 169 artists applied for the auction with 287 works. Of them, fifty artists and fifty one works were selected. Participating artists are:
Flo Kasearu’s solo exhibition “Endangered Species”
On 21 February, Flo Kasearu’s solo exhibition “Endangered Species” will open in the Tartu Art Museum. It deals with closing a business based on the example of a small shop in Pärnu. The exhibition has been curated by Marika Vaarik.   A small shop in the suburbs of Pärnu. A barbershop in Puhja. An accounting office in Maardu. … In the 1990s, many were glad to exploit the newly liberalised opportunities for entrepreneurship and haven’t stopped doing business ever since, even when continuing their entrepreneurial activities hasn’t been their heart’s desire for a long time.   Small businesses, or more accurately micro businesses, form about 95% of Estonian companies. Most of them have only a couple of employees, often only one: the owner. 28% of all entrepreneurs are women. Great. Of these women, 72% are solo entrepreneurs. How many of them think about quitting each and every day?  
Vello Vinn's anniversary exhibition “UMBLUU Time and Space. Vello Vinn feat. Kiwa”
On Thursday, 20 February at 5 p.m. the artist Vello Vinn will open his anniversary exhibition “UMBLUU Time and Space. Vello Vinn feat. Kiwa” featuring Kiwa in the large gallery of the Tartu Art House. The exhibition has been curated by Andra Orn from NOAR.eu The exhibition reveals the world of symbols of the singular printmaker Vello Vinn where words and shapes transform together. The simplest and probably the most precise definition for Vinn’s prints is “psychedelic” but often the term “surreal” is used to define them. The title of the exhibition comes from Aino Pervik’s book “Umbluu. New and Old Capers” that was illustrated by Vinn. Among many others, Kiwa was once infected by the magic of this book and the exhibition is therefore based on the principle of remix: the original works of the classical master have been combined with new interpretations.
Laura Kuusk “Dear Algorithm,”
Laura Kuusk “Dear Algorithm,”
19.02.2020 to 29.03.2020
As our lives are more and more digitally controlled, our bodies’ relationship to the environment has also changed in profound ways. Laura Kuusk’s solo exhibition “Dear Algorithm,” curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, explores the productive tension between our desire to adapt and survive on the one hand, and our resistance to the logic of codes, on the other.    The exhibition will be open from February 20 at the Tallinn Art Hall Gallery.   
Ede Raadik “The Best You Can Ever Be”
How do the advertisements we consume daily affect our behavior and establish certain gender roles? Can self-care become an empowering alternative to consumption? Or another clever advertising strategy that furthers oppression?   The solo exhibition The Best You Can Ever Be by artist Ede Raadik will open on Friday, February 14, at Tallinn Art Hall. In her work, Ede Raadik has employed socially conscious art installations as a tool to engage with the world that we inhabit. From staging a Menopause Club inspired by the species who experience this biological phenomenon and the cultural stigma associated with it to assuming the role of a scientist to analyze women’s medical data, to exploring a quiet workplace drama of female exploitation reflecting the challenges of living in Estonia, Raadik has found dark humor to be a generative and poetic rendering of social constructs.   
Ingel Vaikla “Shapes and Distances”
Seeing double: Estonian-born, Belgium-based artist Ingel Vaikla overlaps past and future, time and space in her audio-visual investigation of the subjective and the collective. In her first solo exhibition in Belgium, Ingel Vaikla conceptualises her work through the idea of the double exposure. We see archival footage of the city of Slavutych, the last city ever built by the Soviet Union, and we see it now as a young city in present-day Ukraine. In this way Vaikla invites us to let these overlapped realities develop simultaneously in our minds. If we have the courage to climb through the image, through time, space and experience, then we can start to understand how subjective and collective identities are formed, and how they in turn materialise on film, in politics and in architecture.
„The Solemn Admonition of Your Breathing”, by Kirke Kangro and Sheri Wills
Kirke Kangro and Sheri Wills will open their exhibition The Solemn Admonition of Your Breathing in Hobusepea gallery at 6pm on Thursday, February 6th, 2020.   Exhibition will be open until February 23rd, 2020.   Today as then I turn to stone in your presence, sea, but no longer feel worthy of the solemn admonition of your breathing   Eugenio Montale   You look at the sea, and your substance begins to change. You look at it to look at something that’s not you. To implode and collapse. To be boundless, diverse and present. This view you could mount on a wall. To go back, to return in microscopic particles. Accelerating gaze, looking at the evading view.  
“Transparency Register” by Sten Eltermaa
Sten Eltermaa's personal exhibition Transparency Register wil be open in Draakon gallery from Tuesday, February 4th, 2020.   Transparency Register is a project based on image and language, making the windows and facades of governmental authorities visible to the audience. The project involves various layers: reflective window transparencies, photographs on the wall and on the showcase table, and publication of the artist's research.   The title of the work, Transparency Register, also refers to the US-inspired database introduced in 2011 to shine public light on the communication between lobbyists and the representatives of EU institutions. The database’s main objective is to create trust in regard to institutions and the policies the institutions or their representatives are pursuing, but also oversight to make it impossible to do the bidding of murky and corrupt interests.  

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