Angela Maasalu's exhibition "Cave for Forgotten Dreams"


Angela Maasalu will open her personal exhibition "Cave for Forgotten Dreams" in Hobusepea gallery at 6pm on Wednesay, November 6, 2019.
Things are
 changing; things are starting to
  spin, snap, fly off into
   the blue sleeve of the long
    afternoon. Oh and ooh
come whistling out of the perished mouth
  of the grass, as things
turns soft, boil back
 into substance and hue. As everything,
  forgetting its own enchantment, whispers:
   I too love oblivion why not it is full
    of second chances. Now,
hiss the bright curls of the leaves. Now!
 booms the muscle of the wind.
Mary Oliver "Twelve Monos", 1979
The exhibition lends its title from Werner Herzog’s film Cave of forgotten dreams (2010). While the film tells a story about the Chauvet Cave in southern France, which contains the oldest human-painted images yet discovered, this show aims to form a narrative around something like a personal cave - somewhere deep down where we leave our memories and dreams - both filled and unfulfilled, true and also vain and unworthy, bitter, beautiful - from adulthood back to childhood.
Angela Maasalu's artwork can be characterized by rich narratives, elaborate metaphors and fabulousness. The artist's bold imagination enables the simultaneous use of horror and beauty in her work. Titles of her paintings such as Memory palace, You must want to live! and I am sorry we never made it fishing express Maasalu's interest and ability to use both visual and textual language.
"She grew up in a very small town. All she ever wanted was to be loved by everyone. Later she just wanted to be famous and have a lot of money and a very nice big house she could fit a swing in, and have a dog of course. Money is more certain and concrete than people and love she forgot all in all.
Her house where she used to live was surrounded by so many trees, that once her classmate said “ I thought no one has lived in this house for a long time - or if they have, it must be a witch.’’ But for her the garden was a secret - a magical and dark kingdom - as well as a prison - she wanted no one else to see.
All throughout her life she has felt she can remember absolutely everything that has ever happened to her. Every memory - sweet or sad. The burden of memories - unbearable nostalgia. She inherited such a wistful state of mind from her father perhaps. He was thinking about the past a lot and was so scared of death he never really dared to live.". Angela Maasalu
Angela Maasalu is an artist born and raised in Estonia, currently living and working in London. She obtained BA degree in the department of painting at the University of Tartu (2012) and MA degree in the department of painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts (2015). During her studies, Maasalu took additional courses in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London (2013–2014). Her previous exhibition Throbwerk (with Kate Lyddon) was held in Tallinn Art Hall gallery in 2019. Angela Maasalu has been nominated twice to Sadolin Art Prize.
Exhibition will be open until November 25, 2019.
Exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
Exhibitions in Hobusepea gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture and Liviko Ltd.
Additional information:
Hobusepea Gallery
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Hobusepea 2, Tallinn 10133
Wed-Mon 12.00‒19.00
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