Scenes from That Marriage

Scenes from That Marriage
Anne-Mai Heimola, Karmo Mende
Nov 18- Dec 10, 2023

A duo of scenographers, Anne-Mai Heimola and Karmo Mende, have set up an emotional, language-defying installation with which they seek to guess each other’s experiences.  To create the whole, they utilise ready-made objects, large-scale paintings and custom lighting.

How do real-life experiences and communication build mental spaces? Whispers. Doubts. Misgivings. Suspicion. A corner of shame…

Karmo Mende (b. 1971) graduated from Tartu Arts School in 1991 and scenography at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 1995. Worked at various theatres and TV channels as art director. Since 2000 has been living and working in Finland, where he’s served as head of the Finnish Scenographers’ and Costumers’ Union, plus artist at Seinäjoki and Jyväskylä theatres. Participated as a freelancer in numerous projects by other Finnish theatres. Recently returning to his native country, he’s also head of the Estonian Scenographers’ Union.

Anne-Mai Heimola ( b. 1960) is a painter and scenographer. She graduated from scenography at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 1995, worked as set designer at the National Drama Theatre 1980-1986, as set painter at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre Estonia in 1995-2007, as artist, decorator, prop manager and costumer at the Von Krahl Theatre 2000-2012, and participated in numerous theatre and film projects as a freelancer. Member of the Esonian Artists’ Association and the Estonian Painters’ Union, she’s been participating in exhibitions since 1995. Her creative work also includes large-scale interior paintings. She experiments with a number of techniques from classic oil and tempera painting to her own inventions with earth pigments.

Graphic design: Kati Kerstna. Photos: Tiina Kõrtsini

Thanks to: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Rapla County Municipalities Development Foundation.

LOGO – from Rubber Glue to AI

Ado Tuuga
LOGO – from Rubber Glue to AI
Opening Sept 22 at 6pm.

Ado Tuuga (b.1953) is an accomplished graphic designer who’s been working in the field since the 1990s. In this exhibition, he presents his extensive collection of logo design, spanning decades, reflecting signs of the times – changing tools of the trade, changing fashions.

Educated as an architect, Tuuga started his career in the restoration of estate buildings, followed by a new, self-studied career in graphic design. As business was booming in newly independent Estonia, demand for visual identity was high. Tuuga also won the prestigious 2nd prize at the competition to design the Estonian currency, and went on to found his own graphic design and print studio Adograaf  in 1994.  The Rapla-based studio continues to operate , managed by the author’s sons.

This exhibition celebrates Tuuga’s 70th birthday along with his 30-year-long journey in his profession. The author sees the logo as a work of art, telling the story of a business, molding its identity, and requiring creativity, passion, philosophy, spirituality, and an eye for beauty, to design.

Open 23.09.-08.10.2023  Tue – Sun 15.00 – 18.00.

Sponsored by: Adograaf OÜ, Rapla Municipality, Cultural endowment of Estonia, Rapla County Municipalities’ Development Dounda Omavalitsuste Arengufond ja Raplamaa Kaasaegse Kunsti Keskus

Places of the World

An exhibitin of paintings

There seem to be  no limits to human imagination – yet Nature still surpasses it every time. Red and black mountains, pink salt lakes, colourful desert sands, creatures of all shapes and sizes. All this is the inspiration to a group of painters – some  experienced, some absolute beginners.

Maiu Albo, Mikk Allas, Mai Klemmer, Jürgen Lääne, Editha Salm, Ave Tislar, Helen Tammepuu, Eteri Tõlgo, Siret Varimõis.

Design Eteri Tõlgo

Open 13. – 28.05. 2023, between 15.00 – 18.00. Closed on Mondays.


An exhibition of the Estonian Sculptors’ Association and sculpture students of the Pallas art school
08.04-30.04. 2023. Tue – Sun 15.00 – 18.00

As part of their course, students were asked to hold a visual dialogue with their professors. Head of department, Anne Rudanovski, says: “Learning only happens when minds are aligned.” This exhibition demonstrates the fruits of the non-hierarchical teaching method employed by the school.

Participants: Elo Liiv, Villu Jaanisoo, Leena Kuutma, Paul Mänd,
Terje Ojaver, Berit Talpsepp-Jaanisoo ja Helli Aas, Toomas Bent, Rasmus Hirv, Raigo Kannike, Viktor Kiss, Helene Lüüsi, Elena Madaminova, Ketter Mägi, Tõru-Tõnn Parts, Lotta Karoliina Räsänen, Andreas Tukmann, Carmen Ööbik.

Näituse töögrupp:

Curators: Liina Kinks, Leena Kuutma.
Display design: Viktor Kiss.
Graphic design: Helli Aas, Kert Elliott Mägi.
Lighting design: Kati Kerstna

Leena Kuutma.
Phone. +(372) 5296820, Leena [dot] Kuutma [at] pallasart [dot] ee


Interactive installation
Mar 11, 2023 at 12.00

Metempsychosis takes the viewer into a world of visual expression, viewing health as the original state of matter, but also as an abstract form. Social change confronts culture with the norm. Metempsychosis ends when the change is complete.

Six (Sigrit Lõhmus, b. 1990) is an artist working with light and sound and reflecting on cultural / social contexts, She  prefers to use recycled materials and finds impermanence of the artwork a positive factor and a challenge to the documenter.  Playing with linguistic humour, she leaves the ends untied, free for the viewer to interpret.


Eili Soon / Malle Karik-Hallimäe
Feb. 3-26, 2023
Tue-Sun 15.00-18.00

The artists say: “We find confidence in the world we created, in the depths and reflections of coloured glass. It brings about peace, excitement, joy and new challenges. ”

Eili Soon (b. 1983) graduated from the Estonian Academy of Art and works at the Olustvere glass and ceramics studio since 2010. She is one of the most experienced glassblowers in the country.

Malle Karik-Hallimäe (b. 1959) ograduated from the Estonian Academy of Art in 1985 and has since been a freelance artist. Working in both hot and colf techniques, she creates both sculptural and utilitarian objects.

Thanks to: RCCCA, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Kairi Orgusaar, Riin Pallon, Kati Kerstna, Aivar Jalandi, Marcus Pertel.

It’s Lonely in the Metaverse

On Friday, 11th of November at 6pm a group exhibition by Egle Ehtjen, Kelli Gedvil, Kristen Rästas and Sten Saarits ‘It’s Lonely in the Metaverse’ will be opened at Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art. The exhibition remains open until 11th of December, Tue–Sun 3–6pm. A bus will go to the exhibition’s opening from Tallinn at 17:15 and will drive back to Tallinn at 21:00. Register for the bus by writing to kelli [dot] gedvil [at] artun [dot] ee

Four artists will create an audiovisual participatory exhibition in the hall of the Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art, exploring the soul of the ‘metaverse’, a recently popular medium that uses various spatial and virtual reality technologies. Platforms for virtual worlds are a hot topic both in the crypto world and, increasingly, in the ‘normal world’, through ‘fear-of-missing-out’ advertising campaigns promising new social, investment and entertainment environments on the internet. Behind the exaggerated promises of the future, however, today’s meta-worlds besides their edgy commercial undertones are lonely, not that interactive, and full of digital gambling and collective tokens. ‘It’s Lonely in the Metaverse’ is the interpretation by the four artists of the significant contrast between the advertising hurricane and the virtual landscapes that fall into its shadow.
Egle Ehtjen (b. 1990) is an artist who often combines traditional media such as ink and watercolour with digital manipulation and animation. Previously more concerned with characters and narratives, she has recently been leaning towards abstraction, finding inspiration in nature, the esoteric twilight and things that are hard to put into words. Kelli Gedvil (b. 1994 Viljandi) is an artist who works mainly in installation, video and web-based medium. Her latest exhibitions “4EVER” and “Purifying Your Skin” have explored the behavioral patterns of self-presentation in various virtual communities and how they affect the physical body with emphasising the involvement of the viewer through interactiveness. Kristen Rästas (b. 1992) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work incorporates video, conceptualism, virtual reality, and mixed media sculpture. His recent projects get inspired by classical landscapes, which the artist attempts to represent through digital technologies, creating artificial natural environments that explore the connections between contemporary human alienation and possible realities reflecting escapism. Sten Saarits (b 1987) is an interdisciplinary artist who works mainly with time basedmedia. Saarits’ installation art practice, which emphasizes repetitions of themes and situations, is characterized by a drive to turn mental spaces into material landscapes to depict the states of mind, typical for the daily endeavors in a modern society, in a new form. His practice revolves around giving focus to hidden, unnoticeable or non-perceivable agencies within our environment.,,,
Graphic design: Henri Kutsar

The artists would like to thank: Markus Tiitus, Alexei Gordin, Ian-Simon Märjama, Hendo Kidron, Leegi Kiis, Marek Gedvil, Tiina Vändre, Laura Suur, Anna-Liisa Männik, Ingrid Algma, Ingrid Kääramees, Linda Zupping, Jüri Ruut, Mirko Känd, Erko Ever, Kristjan Koskor, Anni Koskor, Katarina Koskor, Ander Koskor, Kennet Lekko, Estonian Academy of Arts

This exhibition is funded by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

Location: Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art. Tallinna st 3b (3rd floor of Espak building), Rapla.

Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art