Events

Tarrvi Laamann “ME DEYA / I AM HERE”
Tarrvi Laamann “ME DEYA / I AM HERE”
02.08.2022 to 31.08.2022
OPENING 04.08 at 19:00! Estonian artist, DJ and traveler Tarrvi Laamann, who resides in Jamaica, will open a large comprehensive solo exhibition at Põhjala Galleries on Thursday, August 4. The exhibition will feature a collection of works that have received their initial impulse from the author's travels in very different places around the world. The common feature running through all the creations is that the initial impulse of the paintings is an impression in the printing technique. The common denominator of the exhibition is the word pair ME DEYA - I am here in the Jamaican dialect, which invites the viewer to be in the moment.
Kaupo Kikkas’ exhibition “Statue”
Kaupo Kikkas’ exhibition “Statue”
03.08.2022 to 14.08.2022
“A statue can be the base of an entire structure as well as a highlighted cult object at once. In the next moment, it is just a pillar or someone's future pension,” says Kaupo Kikkas, the author of the exhibition, as an introduction.  On 03.08., at 19:00, the photography artist Kaupo Kikkas will open his photographic exhibition Statue in the SOLARIS Gallery. In cooperation with make-up artist Õnne Rudi, top Estonian athletes were turned into human sculptures, bringing to life the beauty ideals of ancient Greece. This is how living statues emerged, aesthetically beautiful as ancient columns, but lacking the coldness of stone and with real people behind them.
Exhibition “Expectations of the End”
Exhibition “Expectations of the End”
05.08.2022 to 31.08.2022
You are invited to the opening of a group exhibition titled Expectations of the End on the 5th of August at 18:00 that takes place at Viljandi Old Water Tower. The exhibition will remain open until 31st of August. Four artists look into the future at a safe haven called Viljandi Old Water Tower from 5th of August 2022: Egle Ehtjen, Kelli Gedvil, Hanna-Liisa Lavonen and Helle Ly Tomberg with their exhibition Expectations of the End.  They explore how to relate to a world that is ending. Denial, fear, grief or reconciliation is on the table. You can also feel joy and wonder. One can be viewed from humanly close or cosmically far. 
Andres Koort „Chaos and Order“
Andres Koort „Chaos and Order“
27.07.2022 to 22.08.2022
Andres Koort will open his personal exhibition Chaos and Order in Hobusepea gallery at 18:00 on Wednesday, July 27th, 2022. Exhibition will be open until August 22nd, 2022.  The title Chaos and Order refers to the two opposite forces and the motion between these two states. Etymologically, the word “chaos” is related to Greek verb “χαίνω” that denoted the yawning emptiness, void, gap. This is the initial existence of non-existence of things; a state consisting of a potential, a yearning for getting structured. This is the commencement phase of things charged with pure energy, the birth moment of all things. Also, exact sciences study the essence of “chaos”. According to the theory of chaos, there are a systematic ground structure, constant feedback, repetitions, self-resemblance, fractals and self-organization behind the seemingly random behaviour of chaotic complex system.
Varvara & Mar “After Everyone has Left for Planet B”
General common sense would say that there is no Planet B, and we should focus and target all resources on fixing planet Earth which humanity has managed to bring to a fatal stage. We are living in the geological time known as the Anthropocene – the age when human activity began to influence the planet’s climate and ecosystems significantly.     Nevertheless, the super-rich, like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, choose to invest (but also obtain a big junk of public funding) in space research and speculate about the possibility of leaving for Planet B. Surprisingly, such naive escapism gains attention instead of undoing the ecological damage on Earth and begins to be considered as an alternative option to the heavily contaminated and problematic Planet A. The billionaires reassure the public of their altruistic intentions for a better future while realizing their power, capital, and technophilia dreams.   Why do people like Elon Musk want to save us? And most importantly, why do they want us to believe that we need to be saved?  
Exhibition “7 artists. Body“
Exhibition “7 artists. Body“
29.07.2022 to 28.08.2022
On Friday, July 29 at 6:00 p.m., the exhibition “7 artists. Body“ will open in the large gallery of Tartu Art House. The curators of the exhibition are Mall Nukke and Tiiu Rebane. The conceptual starting point of the exhibition is the “body“. What is the body, right here and now? Is it topical, sexual, social, cultural, environmentally sensitive, political, spiritual, or something else? How “is” something a body and another thing “is not”? The exhibition dedicated to the figurative paintings of seven artists is a continuation of the series of exhibitions held at the initiative of the painter Mall Nukke and under the auspices of the Estonian Painters Association. The series started in the spring of 2021 at the Rantakasarmi Gallery of the Helsinki Artists’ Association in Suomenlinna, Finland.
“Too late to be modest” by Karin Strohmi
On Friday, 29 July at 6 p.m. Karin Strohm will open her solo exhibition “Too late to be modest” in the small gallery of Tartu Art House. Karin Strohm’s exhibition consists of a series of paintings that represent visual mind games. Thought games, inspired by the relationship between nature and the Anthropocene. This is a glimpse into the circle of life. The artist adds: “Landscapes grown over by carnivorous plants inhabited by a mass of breeding rabbits. Rabbits as the symbols of the civilised world in a carnivorous jungle. Who’s eating who here? Regardless of the mobility of the breeders, the plants will get to us when we are under the soil sooner or later. In a competition which is exceedingly escalating and in an atmosphere full of pressure, the rabbits will continue breeding. This, in turn, produces humus and meat for the carnivores…”
Naiskunstnike autoportreede näitus „Enesepeegeldus”
On Wednesday, August 3 at 4 p.m. the exhibition “Reflecting the Self” will open in the Valga Museum. The exhibition is curated by Peeter Talvistu. A special bus from Tartu is available for the opening! For the fourth time, Tartu Artists’ Union will organise an exhibition of contemporary art in the gallery of the Valga Museum. This time, however, the central figure is one of the first renowned woman artists in Estonia: Karin Luts. The self-portraits that she made at different points in her life will be accompanied by six contemporary authors: Cloe Jancis, Loora Kaubi, Eva Labotkin, Margit Lõhmus, Anna-Stina Treumund and Mari Volens. Even though their depictions of themselves are very different visually and conceptually, the persona of Luts and her writings have played a significant role in the development of many of today’s woman authors in Estonia.
“Flow of Light” by Sirje Petersen
“Flow of Light” by Sirje Petersen
25.07.2022 to 19.08.2022
Sirje Petersen will open her personal exhibition Flow of Light in Draakon gallery at 18:00 on Monday, July 25, 2022. Exhibition will be open until August 19, 2022.  Light shows us colours.  What's out comes in and what's in gets out. Openness and closeness. Light helps us to see details and light makes darkness go away. Everyone has a place and a space in this world, sometimes it is warm and cosy, sometimes cold and bleak. Sometimes it is noisy, sometimes it is too silent. Always changing – in light and in shadow. No-one can grow in darkness. It becomes possible in light.  Darkness may seem endless but a ray of light can always lit it up and make everything alive.
Urmas Kõljalg. Photo: Reti Kokk
Lecture “Species Stock Market” by Prof Urmas Kõljalg director of University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden — EAA Muhu Art  Residency 25.07.2022 at 18.00 https://www.ai-res.org/single-post/liikide-aktsiaturg-prof-urmas-k%C3%B5... European researchers have come up with a system to help determine the value of a species — and how human activities affect biodiversity. They call it a “species stock market” — a concept that works much like the regular stock market, but with animals instead of money. The idea, described in a paper in Research Ideas and Outcomes, isn’t about owning or trading animals, however. Rather, the concept allows researchers to assign value to different species, then determine how human activities affect them.

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