Category Archives: Exhibitions

Slow Light


The Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art presents:

SLOW LIGHT
An exhibition of glass & light objects
with spatial sound and moving lighting design

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Light travels slowly on the Disc and is slightly heavy, with a tendency to pile up against high mountain ranges. Research wizards have speculated that there is another, much speedier type of light which allows the slower light to
be seen, but since this moves too fast to see they have been unable to find a use for it.

When light encounters a strong magical field it loses all sense of urgency. It slows right down. And on the
Discworld the magic was embarrassingly strong, which meant that the soft yellow light of dawn flowed over the sleeping landscape like the caress of a gentle lover or, as some would have it, like golden syrup.

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.

Terry Pratchett

The Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art finalises its 10th anniversary programme with an international exhibition of glass & light objects titled Slow Light. A “living” display where luminous objects move in the dark space, casting shadows, reflections and surreal images. Others stay still, with only a pulsating inner luminescence revealing their hidden facets. Light and sound connect the pieces into a unified, abstract spectacle, where every work plays a role.

The exhibition offers an exciting gamut of ideas and techniques. Participating artists – celebrated internationally and locally – each have developed a unique vision and handwriting.

The year 2020, with its unexpected developments, has made us contemplate our environment and humanity from new angles. The works, most of which were created specially for the occasion, display both humour and wistfulness, but also deeper perceptions and reflections.

Participants:

Sofi Aršas, Piret Ellamaa, Merle Kannus, Erki Kannus, Kati Kerstna, Kai Kiudsoo-Värv , Eve Koha, Kai Koppel, Marilin Kristjuhan, Kairi Orgusaar, Aleksandra Pavlenkova, Rait Prääts, Birgit Pählapuu, Kateriin Rikken, Maret Sarapu, Eili Soon , Aivar Tõnso, Kristiina Uslar (Estonia), Torsten Rötzsch, Simone Fezer (Germany), Marta Gibiete (Latvia).

Curator: Kairi Orgusaar.

Exhibition, lighting and graphic design: Kati Kerstna.

Sound composition: Aivar Tõnso.

Opening Nov. 20.at18.00
The Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art, Tallinna mnt. 3b, Rapla.
Open Nov. 21– Dec. 13, Tue-Sun 15.00 – 18.00.
Closed on Mondays.

Sponsored by:

Cultural Endowment of Estonia, CEE Rapla County expert group, Rapla Parish, Rapla County Municipalities’ Development Foundation.

BLUE

You are welcome to the opening of the painting exhibition “Blue“ in Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art 28.08.2020 at 18.00.
Participating Maiu Albo, Mikk Allas, Lilith Holweg, Veranika Matukevitš, Heli Oksvort, Karin Polluks, Mari Põld, Marve Reede, Aire Rosenfeldt, Olga Sokk, Ave Tislar, Eteri Tõlgo, Marge Vonk.
This year’s theme of the exhibition is inspired by the color blue, which has also been considered a carrier of truth, contemplation and serenity. Every student interested in art has approached the topic from their own angle, giving the shade and nuances of the blue tone.
Some of the participants in the exhibition are already experienced artists, for whom it is already in several exhibitions, while others are just starting their first works.
The exhibition will be open 29.08-13.09.2020, Tue-Fri at 15.00-18.00 in Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art (closed on Monday).

A Gift for the Homeland

JANINA MONKUTĖ – MARKS
(1923 – 2010)
A Gift for the Homeland

The Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the opening of renowned Lithuanian-American artist Janina Monkutė-Marks on our premises on April… 2020. The exhibition became a reality thanks to the Janina Monkutė-Marks Museum in Kėdainiai, Lithuania.

Janina Monkutė-Marks was born in Radviliškis, Lithuania, Sept. 21, 1923; her father worked as a railwayman. Escaping Lithuania in 1944, she studiet at the Innsbruck University, Austria, and at École des Arts et Métiers, Freiburg, Germany, with a number of Lithuanian emigrants as professors – Antanas & Anastazija Tamošaitis, Vytautas Kasiulis, Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas, Viktoras Petravičius.

In 1950 Janina resettled in the USA. Since 1956, she actively participated in the Chicago art scene, and was connected to the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago) and the B.I.G. Arts Center (Sanibel, Florida). Her works have been exhibited by the Chicago Art Institute, The North Shore Art League (Winnetka, Illinois), Dunes Art Foundation (Michigan City, Indiana), Sun Times Gallery (Chicago, Illinois), Old Water Tower Place (Chicago, Illinois) et al; she had more than 20 individual exhibitions. She also participated in the events of Lihuaninan culture & art organizations, e.g. the Balzekase Museum of Lithuanian Culture, the Čiurlionise Gallery and the Museum of Lithuanian Art in Lemont.

Her early paintings and prints were influenced by the so-called Chicago Imagists (Leon Golub, Seymour Rossofsky et al), who stood in opposition to the 1950s mainstream of Abstract Expressionism, but also later opposed Pop Art, considering the primary task of art to be the expression of the artist’s personal experiences and emotions.

Between 1962-1966, Monkutė-Marks created a series of works utilizing the imagery of Pop Art; she later returned to her Lithuanian roots, finding inspiration in folk art motifs. The artist had a sizable collection of folk art from across the globe.

Since the 1970s, textile was Monkutė-Marks’s preferred medium of expression.

In 2000, the artist donated a major part of her creations to her native Lithuania, founding her museum in Kėdainiai, which opened its doors in 2001.
Janina Monkutė-Marks died in Chicago, Nov 13, 2010.

At the current exhibition in Rapla, we bring you a selection of Janina Monkutė-Marks’i linoleum block prints and tapestries.

The motif of road and journey is one of the most significant in the art of Janina Monkutė-Marks. Journey is interpreted as a quest for the meaning of life and soul-searching in the tapestries “Man and His World,” “Longing for Freedom,” “Going Home,” and “My Road.” Existential meaning is imposed even on the tapestries based upon “real” travel, such as “Going to the Wedding” and “Left Behind.” Janina Monkutė-Marks often portrays the feeling of “being on the road” as a labyrinth; one that has no beginning or end, no strictly positive or negative zones. It is as though the artist suggests that there is no chance to predict an upcoming turn of the road or escape the labyrinth. It is only possible to experience it fully.

Some of the artist’s linoleum block prints imitate the compositional scheme of traditional folk art (“My Road”, “Angel”); elsewhere, she combines the rough shaping of individual forms with geometric ornaments – these are substantial and generalized, represented not only by a contour line but also by entire silhouette. The artist fully employs the deep contrast and intensity characteristic of linoleum block printing. Floral and anthropomorphic allusions, geometric abstractions, traditional ornaments and the artist’s original motifs merge into a mysterious, magical world.

Janina Monkutė-Marks’s works are characterized by clarity of shape and exceptional compositional stability, intensity of colour and variability of texture. The subjective point of view and the courage to open up her inner world are not only recurrent but also some of the most valuable features of Janina Marks’s art, where the ironic and the tragic, the religious and the liberal, primitive and modern are elegantly combined.

Estonian Ceramists Associaton´s annual exhibition Õ

Participants:
Mare Vichmann, Haidi Ratas, Kersti Karu, Maia Noorväli, Kärt Seppel, Kattri Takklaja, Kersti Laanmaa, Eliisa Ehin, Anne Türn, Kadi Hektor, Merike Hallik, Reeli Haamer, Rave Puhm, Helena Tuudelepp, Georg Bogatkin, Eva Berg, Kadri Jäätma, Ann Nurga, Karin Kalman, Külli Kõiv, Urmas Puhkan, Anu Rank – Soans, Rita Randmaa, Pille Kaleviste, Ene Tapfer, Üllo Karro, Tiina Kaljuste, Aigi Orav, Margit Mald, Margit Terasmees, Henriette Nuusberg – Tugi, Marget Tafel – Vahtra, Leena Kuutma, Jarõna Ilo
Designer:  Üla Koppel

 Open 15.11 – 08.12.2019, T – P 15.00 – 18.00

SEDNA

An exhibition of living pictures
A collaboration project between two Estonian artists, Kairi Orgusaar and Erki Kannus, “Sedna” is a 6-part series of images inspired by Arctic mythology, specifically the force known as Sedna. The exhibit combines painting with video projection, resulting in ever-changing, living pictures. A female figure slowly moving in a dark, abstract scenery, evocative of a long winter night, aglow with Aurora Borealis – though the artists have never been in the Far North before, they’ve captured the likeness of what they found it in their mind’s eye.
Sedna, of course, has many names and many guises – some call her Arnaqquassaaq, or Sanna, Arnapkapfaaluk, Sassuma Arnaa, Nerrivik, Nuliajuk, Takánakapsâluk…
Likewise, her story is told differently by various narrators, but some aspects remain constant: that of universal femininity – of the power to give birth. Rebellion, passion, anger and vengeance, oneness with nature, the will to live, dark depths of the ocean – Sedna represents all these things and more.
She was a girl who disobeyed her father. She refused all men and married a monster instead. She gave life to ancestors of nations, and to the creatures of the sea. She perished, drowned, her fingers chopped off by her father, yet survives as a force to be reckoned with. Like Life itself, she endures against all odds, and her strength lies in flexibility.



“WE ARE HERE” EXHIBITION OF GERMAN ART

Kunstausstellung „Wir sind da“

Teilnehmende KünstlerInnen: Wolfgang Tietze (Gemälde), Daniela Melzig (Glasdruck) und Kristin Meyer (Installation).

Am 5. April um 18 Uhr wird im Raplamaa Kaasaegse Kunsti Keskus eine Kunstausstellung von Künstlern eröffnet, die Teilweise aus Mecklenburg-Vorpommern stammen. Die Werke behandeln durch verschiedene Weise Themen, die mit Orten und Plätzen verbunden sind. In den Werken geht es darum, wie man in der zeitgenössischen und immer schneller werdenden Welt seinen Platz findet.

Filmiõhtud (tasuta) – Filmabends (Eintritt frei)

10. aprill kell 18.00 Gerhard Richter – Painting
16. aprill kell 18.00 Joseph Beuys – Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler
26. aprill kell 18.00 Paula Modersohn-Beckeri looming