Krista Leesi “Verbarium”


The Tartu Art Museum is pleased to present the solo exhibition “Verbarium” by the textile artist and designer Krista Leesi. Visitors are greeted by a world of patterns inspired mainly by Tartu but also by Paris and Tallinn.
Krista Leesi’s works are characterised by wordplay that combines language and visuals in a thrilling manner. Her interventions offer new and pointed meanings to familiar objects, images and environments. The exhibition presents new interpretations to the Leaning Building of Barclay de Tolly, where the museum is located, the two-story sheds, or “kallerei”, that are so characteristic of the city, the graffiti covered traffic signs of Tartu and Paris and other elements from urban environments.
The exhibition curator Joanna Hoffmann adds: “I have always admired Krista Leesi’s skills of joining together the historical methods and practices of textile art, different materials and contemporary ideas. The playful approach of her works means that no viewer will be unmoved by the exhibition.”
Krista Leesi’s oeuvre is a magnificent example of the way the boundaries between design and contemporary art have blurred Her works are made unique by the fact that both art and design are equally important: they are highlighted successfully and with intensity. This is made even more noteworthy by Leesi’s skill and interest in approaching the exhibition with location-specific ideas, by joining Tartu to the wider context of her oeuvre and thereby adding it to her “world map”.
Curator: Joanna Hoffmann
Graphic design: Heino Prunsvelt
Additional information:
Katrin Lõoke
Communications and Marketing Specialist
E-mail: katrin.looke [at]
Tel: +372 5198 0660
Tartu Art Museum
Tel: +372 5881 7811
Raekoja plats 18, Tartu
Wed, Fri–Sun 11.00–18.00
Thu 11.00–20.00
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