The exhibition conveys stories of women and men, and their attitudes toward each other. Different ideas of gender roles blend with notions of the arbitrariness of said roles. Within-gender variability is the reason why finding one’s place in society is both exciting and difficult. The author sees existential questions as a key to the process of individualisation. People are presumed to be equal, yet we are all unique. Meeting the expectations of society, adapting to rules of cohabitation, is a journey of self-determination. Individual traits may become a basis for self-expression.
Rait Rosin delves into philosophical topics such as experiences of corporeality through artistic means of expression and through a prism of pragmatist aesthetics. His main media are painting and performance art. He is currently in the middle of his doctoral studies at the Estonian Academy of Art.
An exhibition by artists living in, born in, or otherwise connected to Kehtna Parish confirms that this place has given birth to numerous excellent artists; here we have a chance to observe their recent creations.
Participants: Saima Randjärv, Margit Terasmees, Mart Reino, Made Balbat, Mathura, Liisimari Randjärv, Herbert Orgusaar, Kairi Orgusaar, Vladimir Erm, Urmas Puhkan, Eda Kommitz, Markus Tõnisson.
The exhibition is a plunge into dream world. Every night is different. Every dream is different. Which is more real . night or day, dream or wakefulness, life or poetry?
Some thoughts from Doris Kareva on poetry, sleep and dreaming:
“A poem is like a dream; simultaneously a memory and imagination; a reality opening not via the line of life, but that of the destiny; a part of our world not acquired, but ever-present – a notice from the Universe.
A distant rumble in your pulse, an anthem, a hum, a heartbeat heard solely by our ever-playful inner child. She raises her head, listens – words become audible when the sound approaches, then silence descends again, beyond response and responsibility. A dream forgotten before the disciplinary whip of consciousness arrives; writing in the sand swept away by the forbidding tongue of waves.
A poem, a dream, and oblivion ever remain apparitions, trespassing the perceived boundary of reality; an awareness, an awakening – never, oh never are we more ourselves, never as free and yet as infinitely alone as in dreams and poetry – and maybe love.”
Participants: Helena Lasner, Eteri Tõlgo, Mikk Allas, Eha Koit, Avo Päädam, Katrin Kirsipuu, Kaie Kulper, Mari Põld, Anne Kase, Mai-Liis Moora, Helle Merisalu, Kristin Taru, Kristiina Tali, Ave Tislar, Karin Polluks, Tiina Tubli, Anne-Mai Heimola, Marge Vonk, Svea Sööt, Jürgen Korstnik, Marleen Müts.
Design: Eteri Tõlgo
Theatrical performance “We Move” at the opening by the Rapla Gymnasium drama troupe.
The Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia continues its first ever tour of Estonia with a travelling exhibition “Placeless” with Rapla as the second stop en route from Kuressaare to Valga. The tour is an experiment where the institution transforms itself geographically along a line stretching across the country.
Paul Kuimet’s work “Placeless” that gave name to the event, is a curious photograph, with motives similar to the whole project. We explore a sense of place and placelessness, and have brought together artists whose work reflects those problems. They reflect upon and conceptualise places, placelessness, or even loss of place both in the spatial and the psychological sense. In every new location of our tour, we attempt to generate something site-specific, to give the place a reflection of itself. Other keywords we wish to critically explore are backwater and periphery, provincialism and conservatism, openness and closedness.
Together with the KUMU educational centre, we’ve prepared an educational programme “Sense of PLACE” targeted at the first through third stage of elementary school. A lecture programme for older students and adults also takes place at every location, with topics modified according to the location’s particulars.
Participants: Kristiina Hansen, Flo Kasearu, Eve Kask, Paul Kuimet, Marco Laimre, Tanel Rander, Tõnis Saadoja, Silja Saarepuu & Villu Plink, John Smith
Curators: Marten Esko, Anders Härm
Educational programme: Anu Lüsi (KUMU Educational Centre)
Late November and early December are the darkest time of the year. The exhibition LIGHT brings you dialogues and interactions by 15 authors with the phenomenon of light. Glass is the predominant material, becoming light’s perfect partner through its transparency. A sense of mystery and eternity permeates the pieces, from Kati Kerstna’s singing “Wells” through Eve Koha’s dream-like geometry, Sofi Aršas’s visions of history, Piret Ellamaa’s yearning for stars, to Torsten Rötzch’s haunting “Northern Light.” Designer Ain Toim’s ethereal installation “Poetry for Three” is dedicated to poetess Kristiina Ehin, whose verses are part of the work. Also participating is Estonia’s most celebrated glass artist Ivo Lill.
whose verses are part of the work. Also participating is Estonia’s most celebrated glass artist Ivo Lill.
Live music at opening by Kulno Malva.
Performance at opening by Sofi Aršas ja Erki Kannus.
Participants: Sofi Aršhas, Piret Ellamaa, Erki Kannus, Kati Kerstna, Kai Kiudsoo-Värv, Eve Koha, Kai Koppel, Ivo Lill, Herbert Orgusaar, Kairi Orgusaar, Torsten Rötzsch, Eili Soon, Ain Toim, Anna- Maria Vaino, Kristel Õunapuu.
The exhibition is dedicated to Rapla County artist Leopold Teder, whose 100th anniversary we celebrated this year. The artists’s grandchildren, Jaanus Samma and Markus Tõnisson, complement their grandfather’s work with their own creations.
Leopold Teder was born July 8, 1913 in Tartu County, Otepää town. In 1914, his parents relocated to Tartu. He graduated from the XV Primary Scool of Tartu in 1927, and from Tartu Craft School in 1933 as a furniture and car painter, and from Tartu Unified Gymnasium in 1934. Between 1930 and 1935, he intermittently studied at the Pallas Art School of Tartu. In the 1950s, he joined a long-distance course at the Tartu Art School, which he never graduated. Teder mostly worked in the media of painting and printmaking, and exhibited his works in various solo and group exhibitions since 1950. He was an active founder of the Rapla Arts’ Club. Leopold Teder died April 3, 1989.
Markus Tõnisson (b. 1972) is a painter and graphic designer, who graduated from the Tartu Art School in 1998. In this exhibition, he shows a few recent paintings.
Jaanus Samma (b. 1982) is a freelance artist who graduated fro the Estonian Academy of Art (MA) in 2009, specialising in printmaking. He continues with his doctoral studies at the same academy, specialising in art and design. He was awarded the Köler Prize by the Estonian Museum of Contemporary Art in 2011. At this exhibition, he displays large-scale photo installations.
It is not a common sight to have Michelangelo, Vermeer and Piero della Francesca, Paul Gauguin, Edward Hopper, Edvard Munch and Edgar Degas meeting under the same roof. Yet, this is what you see at the exhibition, where students of the RCCCA have painted copies of the classics. Inspiration came from a book of the same title by Mathura, dedicated to artists that have inspired the author. A rare chance to see so many classics, but also hear the authors’ thoughts, and a classical guitar performance by Vahur Kubja.
Through his sleep, Sergeant Tirr heard the phone ring. He knew before he answered – this time it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. It sure looks like this weekend it’s up to me to save the world, again – he sourly mused to himself. Had he known that the hardest part of his ordeal was going to be its happy end – perhaps the world as we know it wouldn’t exist today…
Merle Kannus (B.1972) graduated from the glass department of the Estonian Academy of Art. She works as a freelance artist and designer since 1995.
This series of photo collages, which tells of the adventures of Sergeant Tirr, puts a parodic twist on the superhero myth in an oversized comic strip.
AN UNKNOWN CITY
10.03 -18. 03.2012
Herbert Orgusaar’s solo project told story of a city in Europe; a city that probably holds the world record of being photographed and filmed. The artist expressed his viewpoint through video collage, drawing the viewer along with it into the city’s pulse of life, its brief moments of mystery.