“One Is the Loneliest Number” by Karel Koplimets


We have the pleasure of inviting you to the opening of Karel Koplimets' exhibition “One Is the Loneliest Number” on Thursday, 14 September at 6 PM. The exhibition presents photo installations that analyse loneliness and the fears associated with it. The exhibition is a continuation of the exhibition of the same name that took place in 2022 in Vilnius (AV17) gallery.

Loneliness, although an eternal, universal problem, has recently become more pronounced and has been described as a modern disease or even an epidemic. The exhibition raises the paradox of being alone in a crowd and sees loneliness not only as an emotional state, but also as a threat of being forgotten. In this exhibition architecture, especially the large apartment buildings, which became a common solution for overcrowded cities in the 20th century, is being used to convey the metaphor of loneliness. The fragments of apartment blocks in the gallery reveal the feelings of disunity, detachment, as well as discomfort and lack of fitting in, experienced by many. Artist's exhibition encourages to rethink the phenomenon of loneliness and its consequences.

Karel Koplimets (1986) is a photographer, video and installation artist, working with notions like urban space, fear, paranoia, prejudice and criminality. One of the most notable traits of Koplimets’ work is the psychological aspect – his large-scale installations influence the viewers’ sense of space. Koplimets studied photography at the Estonian Academy of Art and he finished the post-academic course at HISK (Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten) in Belgium. Koplimets has participated in various exhibitions in Estonia and abroad. Recent exhibition projects include: solo exhibition One Is the Loneliest Number in (AV17) Gallery (Lithuania, 2022) and group shows Belonging in Hunt Museum (Ireland, 2022) and Art in the Comfort Zone? The 2000s in Estonian Art in Kumu Art Museum (Estonia, 2021). His works are included in various collections in Europe, e.g., Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Finland), Musée de l'Elysée (Switzerland) and Kumu Art Museum (Estonia). He has received the Estonian Artist Laureate Salary (2020-2022).

Graphic Design: Janno Saft
Supporters: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Viljandi Town Council
Thanks: Kaisa Maasik
The exhibition will remain open until 14 October.

Additional information:
Rüki Gallery
Tel: +372 528 9059
Tartu 7c, Viljandi 71004
Wed–Fri 11.00–17.00
Sat 11.00–15.00

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