PAINTINGS FROM TARTU
11.24 – 12.14, 2012
The Centre’s second major overview of contemporary Estonian painting focused on young painters from Tartu. More than 20 paintings by 11 authors took the audience on a journey through the realm of canvas and paint; from the enchanted harmony of a single moment, to a shocking larger-than-life portrait gallery of Tartu’s intellectual creme. Participants: Kalli Kalde, Peeter Krosmann, Ilmar Kruusamäe, Juka Käärmann, Margus Meinart, Rauno Thomas Moss, Sven Saag, Imat Suumann, Nadezda Tsernobai, Alar Tuul and Maris Tuuling. Peeter Krosmann helped us put the show together.
RAPLAMAA ART VOL.2
10.29 – 11.10, 2012
The second exhibition in this series presented paintings, installations, drawings and objects by 8 artists: Anne Aaspõllu, Mikk Allas, Kristi Kongi, Kairi Orgusaar, Marin Ploomipuu, Avo Päädam, Liisimari Randjärv and Märt Vaidla.
STUDIES OF MAN AND LINE SINCE 1971: ESTONIAN ANIMATION 100
10.05 – 10.19, 2012
The jubilee exhibition of Estonian animation showed us how animators have, through decades, been depicting men, women, children, animals, crowds, relationships and everything in between. Key authors from past and present were represented – Rein Raamat, Avo Paistik, Priit and Olga Pärn, Heiki Ernits, Janno Põldma, Priit Tender, Ülo Pikkov and Kaspar Jancis. A film program was presented along with a gallery of celluloids. The exhibition was compiled by Valter Uusberg and designed by Erkki Vaader.
CONTEMPORARY ESTONIAN LITHOGRAPHY
05.09 – 05.20, 2012
The exhibition was put together from 30 works by well-known Estonian printmakers: Kadri Alesmaa, Toomas Altnurme, Merike Estna, Laurentsius, Kaido Ole, Marko Mäetamm, Jaak Visnap and others. The show was organized in cooperation with the Estonian Lithography Centre and featured mostly works from the ELC albums, the last of which was titled “Love in the 21st Century.”
04.21 – 04.27, 2012
Painters and graphic artists associated with the Centre for Contemporary Art welcomed viewers to their workshops, gave a taste of studio atmosphere, and presented works created during the year. Participants: Mikk Allas, Maiu Kangur, Katrin Kirsipuu, Eha Koit, Kaie Kulper, Helene Lasner, Aivar Mäekivi, Eha Mäekivi, Avo Päädam, Eda Taevas, Eteri Tõlgo. The exhibition was designed by Eteri Tõlgo.
Art courses were conducted by Kairi Orgusaar.
02.03 – 02.19, 2012
Fourteen artists presented their brand new light installations created especially for this show, under the common title Chandelier. Contemporary improvisations on the classical theme were dedicated to the victory of Light over Darkness. Participants: Sofi Aršas, Piret Ellamaa, Erki Kannus, Kati Kerstna, Anneliis Leht, Herbert Orgusaar, Kairi Orgusaar, Birgit Pählapuu, Kateriin Rikken, Kristi Ringkjob, Kalli Sein, Valev Sein, Eili Soon and Raili Velt. A musical performance at the opening was arranged by Vahur Soonberg, conductor of the Cantus choir and laureate of Culture Pearl 2012.
10.31 – 2011
The first in a series of exhibitions involving artists with a local background, works by ten artists were presented along with an art calendar by the Nädaline newspaper. The calendar also gave an overview of each artist’s previous work. Participants: Kadri Alesmaa, Raul Meel, Kaido Ole, Saima Randjärv-Berlokko, Meelis Luks, Riin Pallon, Kristel Luige, Sütevaka Andres, Marilyn Jeeser and Mauri Gross. The exhibition was part of the programme of the Rapla County Art and Light Week, celebrating art as the medium of enlightenment and esprit.
Erki Kannus’s solo project “Tilinatorium V”: This is Not a Toy: Other Means of Ringing. Tilinatorium is a project evolving in space and time; an opportunity for non-musicians to create music in new and unusual ways. Visitors were free to give a try to Erki Kannus’s interactive sound sculptures.
SoSS – the Dutch-Estonian Art Show
06.10 – 06.30, 2011
An inflatable bridge across Vigala River in the downtown of Rapla; waffle-baking chairs; rooms that became paintings; a castle of cigarette packs – this is just a short list of works from the magical mystery tour called SoSS. The participating artists were all unique, yet united in their quest for artistic freedom and self-expression. Participants: Rikka Horn, Lambert Kamps, Erki Kasemets, Eric Knoote,Wilma Vissers and Jan Scheerhoorn. The exhibition was curated and designed Rikka Horn.
Students of the Art Centre’s courses presented their copies of paintings by Dali, Monet, Kahlo and other great artists. Through copying, they improved their command of various painting techniques and immersed themselves in the history of art. The opening involved an action painting show by Mikk Allas, who finished his copy of Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm (No. 30) in front of the audience.
The greatest collection of paintings ever seen in Rapla gave a glimpse of tendencies in contemporary Estonian painting, through the works of the younger generation of painters. Participants: Piret Bergmann, Sirja-Liisa Eelma, Rikka Horn, Andrus Joonas, Andres Koort, Mara Koppel-Ljutjuk, Laurentsius (Lauri Sillak), Kaido Ole, Riin Pallon, Alvar Reisner, Kairi Orgusaar, Leho Rubis and Alide Zvorovski. Music was performed at the opening by Tiit Born.
Croquis is the term for quick sketch of a live model. The show presented various drawing styles – abstract sketches, automatic drawings, realistic renderings of characters and types, underpaintings in oil et cetera. Participants: Valter Uusberg, Alide Zvorovski, Janika Jürgenson, Märt Vaidla, Margit Terasmees, Eda Taevas, Eha Koit, Maiu Kangur, Tarvo Mett, Eteri Tõlgo, Mikk Allas, Sigrid Talviste, Tiiu Nurme, Riin Pallon, Kairi Orgusaar.