KAI KALJO (1959) will open her personal exhibition Flowers in Hobusepea gallery at 5pm on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018.

Kai Kaljo is an internationally acknowledged artist whose video „Loser“ (1997) is one of the most distinguished artworks in 1990s Estonian art. Kai Kaljo is an artist with a sharp approach, her work has been considered emotional and poetical. Art critic Mari Laaniste has stated that Kai Kaljo has been nontraditionally social and socializing in art. Kaljo's video works can be characterized by an expansive and human dimension that has been more recognized in the international art scene than in Kaljo's homeland.

Kai Kaljo has graduated from the department of painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts; at her recent exhibitions the artist has shown paintings again, including her personal exhibitions „vanadus@vabadus“ in Vabaduse gallery where a painting installation consisting of 56 clouds was exhibited. At her present exhibition the viewer can see Kaljo's newest paintings and video work. The artist comments on her exposition as follows:
„I got a new studio a year ago. It felt so good to be there. It was as if the energy of all these talented artists who had worked there years before me was still there and I could take it in. Even the view from the window seemed somehow familiar. I let the studio influence me in order to remind myself why I ever wanted to become an artist.

I remembered when I was young and discussing with my mother in which department at the Estonian State Art Institute I should study. I was wondering whether I could also become as talented artist as Adamson-Eric. Back then, this was obviously an outrageous statement and my mother told me that I definitely was not Adamson-Eric.
To be completely honest here, I wanted to become an artist because I liked to draw. And for some reason I preferred drawing flowers, withered flowers. At first, the idea made me laugh, but nevertheless it never left me. This reminded me of what my father had told me about his mother, my grandmother whom I had never met – that she had also liked flowers and she also became an artist who worked as a wreath decorator in a wreath factory. When growing older I have began to understand the importance of growing older.“

Kai Kaljo

Exhibition will be open until April 9, 2018.

Supported by Priit Press & Lilled and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

Exhibitions in Hobusepea gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Estonian Ministry of Culture.

Sündinud / born 20.08.1959

Haridus / Education
2013-2015 Tallinn Private School for Sommeliers
1983-1990 Estonian Academy of Art, painting
1966-1977 Tallinn Secondary School for Music, theory of music

Isiknäitused / Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 Flowers.Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn
2017 vanadus@vabadus, Vabaduse Gallery, Tallinn
2017 Asjad/Things.Museum of Photography, Tallinn
2015 Haapsalu värvimisraamat/Haapsalu Coloring Book. Haapsalu Town Gallery
2014 Isa kirjad/My Father´s Letters. Tartu Art House
2013 Lase mind sisse, lase mind välja/Let Me In, Let Me Out. Futurum Gallery,
        Tallinn University for Technology
2011 Kai õpetab iseennast/ Kai Teaching Herself. Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn
2011 One Another. Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London (with Carlos Nader)
2009 Ainult eestlastele/Estonians Only.Tallinn Art Hall Gallery
2007 OTOK Gallery, Dubrovnik, Croatia
2006 Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2005 Kunstihoone/Tallinn Art Hall
2005 Double Act.(with Jan Svenungsson), Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn
2003 A Loser, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany
2003 Greetings from La Jolla, Knollgalerie Wien, Austria
2003 Halfway to Venice. HDLU Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
2001 Heavenly. Tallinn Art Hall Gallery
2001 Videos by Kai Kaljo. SCCA Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2001 What do You Read, my Lord? (with Ly Lestberg), Nuova Icona Gallery, Venice 
1999 Kino? Tallinn Town Gallery
1999 Kai Kaljo. Likovni Salon, Celje, Slovenia
1997 Painter’s Room.Sammas Gallery, Tallinn
1995 Written on the Sand. Tallinn Art Hall Gallery

Grupinäitused ja festivalid / Selected Group shows and festivals
2018 Ars Film Festival AFF, Tallinn
2017 Reykjavik International Film Festival
2017 Enjoy your file, download your life. Het Bos, Antwerp, Belgium
2017 Experiments, Misleadings, Discoveries. Draakoni Gallery, Tallinn
2016 Women in Fog. Tallinn Unversity
2016 KUMU art film festival
2016 Tõde ja Õigus. Maalikunstnike Liidu näitus. Õpetajate maja, Tallinn
2016 Estonian Photographic Art Fair
2016 Shaken, Not Stirred. Estonian video art 1997-2015. IV Opinion Festival, Paide
2016 Artists´ Scetch Books, Tallinn University
2014 Girls Next Door. Gislaveds Konsthall, Sweden
2014 Shoes or No Shoes, Oudenaarde, Belgium
2014 Post-Communist Expression. Point Culture, Brussels, Belgium 
2014 f/stop, 6th Festival for Photography, Leipzig, Germany
2014 Baltic Gold. Gallery 21, Malmö, Sweden
2013 I Don’t Eat Flowers, Ha gamle prestegard, Norway 
2013 Odessa Biennale, Odessa Museum for Contemporary Art, Ukraine
2013 Passports. Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland 
2013 Economy. Stills (Scotland’s Centre for Photography), Edinburgh; CCA Glasgow 
2012 Girls Next Door. Gotlands Kunstmuseum, Visby; 2014 Gislaveds Konsthall, Sweden
2011/2012 Ill Fares the Land, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2011 pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The Association of Icelandic
        Visual Artists, Reykjavik
2012 Huh?Pfui!Yuck!Aha!Wow! The Classics of Estonian Contemporary Art. Tartu Art Museum
2010 Kunst Macht Frei. Contemporary Estonian Art. Janus Pannonius Muzeum, Pecs, Hungary
2010 Everything Is Going To Be Alright. Marina Abramović, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Kai Kaljo,
         Mike Marshall, Ene-Liis Semper, Santeri Tuori, Guido van der Werve KUMU, Tallinn
2010 Moscow International Film Festival, Mediaforum
2010 Transitland: Video art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009. Museo Nacional
         Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
2010 ...On the Eastern Front. Video art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009.
         Ludwig Museum, Budapest
2009-2010 Gender Check. MUMOK,Vienna; 2010- Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw,
2009 Waterpieces 2008. NOASS, Riga, Latvia 
2009 Sarajevo Winter. International art festival. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2008 Interventions. Llanfyllin Workhouse, Wales
2008 Celluloid Crossings. Privilege Walk, Malmö, Sweden
2008 ZubrOFFka Independent Film Festival, Bialystok, Poland
2008 World One Minutes. Beijing, China, Brussels, Belgium
2008 Border State. Quangshou, China
2008 Freedom Square.Tallinn Art Hall
2007 Nightcomers.10th Istanbul Biennial
2007 Waterpieces 2007. NOASS, Riga, Latvia
2007 Environment Archaelogy. Retretti art center, Finland
2007 WRO-07 Media Biennale.Wroclaw, Poland
2007 Reel to Real - Sexual Semiotics.Künstlerhaus Mousonturn, Frankfurt, Germany
2007 Rencontres Internationales. Madrid, Circulo des Bellas Artes; Berlin, Babylon-Mitte
2007 Digital Space. Showroom Cinema, Scheffield, UK
2007 Depiction, Perversion, Repulsion, Obsession, Subversion.Program by Witte de With at the
        Rotterdam International Film Festival
2007 Normal Love. Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2006 Frieze, London
2006 Collected Crises. Estonian Art in the 1990’s.KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn
2006 Improvistation. Tallinn Art Hall
2006 Body and Soul, FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille, France (collection of
        Jean-Conrad and Isabelle Lemaitre)
2006 D-NEFF 2006. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
2006 Mit Allem Rechnen. Museum am Ostwall,, Dortmund, Germany
2006 PixelDance II, Thessaloniki, Greece
2006-2007 Sexy Mythos, NGBK, Berlin; Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria;  Academy of Visual
         Arts, Leipzig; Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck
2006 Slottet, Gävle, Sweden
2006 1:1. PM Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
2005 Art Basel Miami, Video-lounge
2005 Living Sculptures. Tallinn Art Hall
2005, 2004, 2003 Paris-Berlin International Meetings. Paris, Berlin
2005 Model “Missed Opportunities”. Brandenburgischer Kunsverein, Potsdam, Germany
2005 Brief Encounters International Short Film Festival, Bristol, UK
2005 The New (In-)Security? Badisher Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
2005 prog:ME, Festival of Electronic Media, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2005 Art Basel
2005 26th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2005 Women’s Dialogue, Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia
2004 Instant Europe. Villa Manin, Italy
2004 La mossa delle idee. Florence, Italy
2004 Flipside. Artists’ Space, New York NY
2004 BLICK 04. Moderna Museet, Stockholm
2004 Sometime. Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2004 EU Positive. Academy of Arts,Berlin
2004 Do the Wrong Thing. The Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, Canada
2004 Viinistu2004 International Live Arts project, Viinistu, Estonia
2004 Breakthrough. Grote Kerk Den Haag,The Hague, The Netherlands
2004 Welcome. Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2004 Festival International de Films de Femmes, Creteil, France
2004 Fantastic Realism. Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
2004 On Air. Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
2004 New Video, New Europe. The Renaissance Society, Chicago, The Contemporary Art
        Museum St. Louis, USA; TATE Modern, London; 2005 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; 2006 The Kitchen, New York NY
2003 MEO Art Fair, Budapest, Hungary
2003 Womanifesto 2003. Procreation/Postcreation. Pridi Banomyong Institute, Bangkok,   
2003 20 Years of the World Wide Video Festival. Screenings at VideoLisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
         and Centre d’Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie, France
2003 Biennale of Moving Images, Geneva, Switzerland
2003 The Spaces in Between. FACT, Liverpool, UK
2003 Sound Systems. Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria
2003 KEKSI. Lahti Artists Association, Finland
2003 Aquarium II. Baroti Gallery, Klaipeda, Lithuania
2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998 World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam
2003 21 Minutes.Art Moscow,7th International Art Fair. Central House of Artists, Moscow
2003 Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
2003 Defenseless and Bad. L-Gallery, Moscow
2002 Sõltuvussõltumatus. Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
2002 Closing the Distance. Laznia Contemporary Art Centre, Gdansk, Poland
2002 Breath. Ludwigsmuseum Budapest, Hungary
2002 Transvisit. Masnedo Fort, Denmark
2002 Oh, it’s a Curator!  Rotor Association for Contemporary Art, Graz, Austria
2002, 2001, 2000. Communication.An artist who doesn’t speak English is no Artist.
         Ashersleben Kunstverein, Germany; Knollgalerie Budapest; Tallin Art Hall
2002, 2001 Different/Diverse. Teatro della Fondamente Nuovi, Venice.
         Grunt, Vestern Front Galeries, Vancouver, Canada
2001-2002 Zagreb Salon. Zagreb, Croatia
2001-2002 Baltic Times. Zagreb, Croatia; Ljubljana,Slovenia; Innsbruck, Austria
2001 Videoarchaeology. Sofia, Bulgaria
2001 Instant Video. Manosque, France
2001 The Project. Cheltenham Festival for Film and Video, England
2001 Art-Mistake. Error 1. Centre for Art and Media Adlershof, Berlin
2001 Night of a Hundred Eyes. Transit Space, London
2001 WRO 01 Media Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland
2001 Black Cube. Cinema de Balie, Amsterdam
2001 Videonale 9, Bonn, Germany
2001 Estonian Energies, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
2001 Perfect Match. Skopje City shopping mall, Macedonia
2000, 1998, 1997 VideoMedeja, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
2000 Chinese Whispers. ApexArt CP. New York, NY
2000 Central Station. Milch, London
2000 Co.Operation. Dubrovnik, Croatia
2000 Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival, Pusan, Corea
2000 Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival, New York, NY
2000 Videopositive. Liverpool, UK
2000 Video N.E.WS. Gotland, Sweden
2000 Dreamcatcher Videofestival, Kiev, Ukraine
2000 God and Artist. Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
2000 Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen,Germany
2000, 2001, 2002 the Oneminute. Sandbergs Institute, Amsterdam
2000 Small Roll Plays. Tartu Art Museum,Estonia
2000 Man Muss Ganz Schön Viel lernen um hier zu Funktionieren.
        Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany
1999-2000 After the Wall. Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Ludwigmuseum Budapest;
        Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
1999 CO 4 video workshop. Ljudmila media center, Ljubljana, Slovenia
1999 Interstanding. Tallinn, Estonia
1999 VideoLisboa. Lisbon, Portugal
1999 WRO 99 Media Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland
1998 Where Are You From? Gdansk, Poland
1998 Rauma Biennale Balticum, Rauma, Finland
1997 Funny versus Bizarre. Vilnius Contemporary Art Center,Lithuania
1997 Time. Space. Movement. Paide performance festival
1997 Slum Milieu in Estonian Art. Eesti Kunstimuuseum
1997 Interstanding Soros Center for Contempoaray Arts, Estonia. Annual Exhibition. Tallinn
1996 Reading Things.  Estonian Art Museum
1995 Biotoopia.Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
1994-1995 SHOP. Tallinn Town Gallery, Dionysia festival Tartu, Estonia
1994 Unexistent Art. Soros Center for Contempoaray Arts, Estonia. Annual Exhibition.
        Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
1991, 1992 S§K grup shows, Näituste paviljon, Tallinn
1989 WE-YOU-MUU. Fiskars, Finland
1988 I’ve Never Been to New York. Laululava, Tallinn
1985 Vabariiklik noortenäitus, Tartu Art Museum
Preemiad ja stipendiumid / Awards and scholarships
2007 Waterpieces, diploma
2006 Kristjan Raud annual art award
2004 “Live and Shine” Grant, Estonian Cultural Endowment
2004 Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany
2002 ArtsLink Independent Projects Grant. University California San Diego Centre for
        Computing and the Arts, USA
2000 Prize from Estonian Cultural Endowment
2000 Delfina Studios, London
1999 NIFCA, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
1998 ArtsLink Fellowships Grant, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre, Buffalo, NY, USA
1997 VideoMedeja-prize
1997 Interstanding 2-prize
1996 Loviisa Guest Studio, Finland
1994 Prize from Soros Contemporary Art Centre’s Annual Exhibition, Tallinn, Estonia

Töid kogudes / Works in collections
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Tartu Art Museum, Estonia
Estonian State Art Museum
Estonian Museum for Contemporary Art
Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany
Private collections, London, Barcelona

Kunstnikku esindab / Represented by Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London