We have selected a few gems from the wide range of exhibitions in the Baltic States. Why not visit Estonia to experience artist’s Flo Kasearu house museum and attend the yearly Köler Prize or grasp Gintaras Didžiapetris’ philosophical exposition in the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Lithuania? How about the must-see shows in Latvia, which include Lech Majewski’s video poems?
Kęstutis Kuizinas, the Director of Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius, introduces the exhibition of Gintaras Didžiapetris.
Gintaras Didžiapetris “Color and Device” Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius Until May 19, 2013
Gintaras Didžiapetris (b. 1985) graduated from photography and media department at Vilnius Academy of Art and today his artistic practice freely explores a wide range of media – film, photography, sound art, performance, drawing and prints. The artist’s never ending search of adaptable ideas and their structures, rather than their representations in a physical form, has already brought Gintaras Didžiapetris a worldwide recognition. In 2011 he participated in the 54th Venice Biennale’s International Pavilion “ILLUMInations”, which was curated by the Swiss art historian, critic, and curator Bice Curiger. His exhibition practice also includes various presentations in art institutions throughout Europe, US and Canada.
The artist’s newest exposition at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius looks behind the concept of “Liquid Logistics” that the artist describes as “a special category of logistics that relates to liquid products, and is used extensively in the 'Supply Chain for Liquids' discipline.” The exhibition is also accompanied by a programme of films and events, and launches of two publications: the artist’s book “Color and Device” and the fourth issue of “The Federal” magazine, which is co-edited by Gintaras Didžiapetris himself.
The Flo Kasearu House Museum (FKM), Tallinn Until May 5, 2013
The Estonian contemporary artist Flo Kasearu has decided to open her own house museum in a cosy wooden house in Tallinn. The visitors will be offered an opportunity to experience the creative atmosphere of her home studio and the display of the museum will include the artist’s brand new works and site-specific installations inspired by her family’s house and home, as well as her earlier video projects. “A freelance artist works like a museum. I have to be my own creative and technical director, promote myself, constantly fulfil certain administrative tasks, draw up financial accounts, deal with the storing and preservation of my work and entice people into the gallery,” Flo Kasearu explains the backgrounds of setting up a museum.
Born in 1985 in Pärnu, Flo Kasearu studied painting and photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. During her artistic career she has received numerous awards, including the Köler Prize, a yearly contemporary art award in Estonia, which Flo Kasearu was endowed with in 2012.
“INGREDIENTS” Riga Art Space, Riga April 26 – June 2, 2013
In the main exhibition hall of Riga Art Space will soon appear “INGRIDIENTS”. The curator of this creative project Inga Šteimane defines the exposition’s cultural setting as “research into cultural recipes”, “observing and performing collective actions” and “the pictorial nominal as the factor in an age of spatial concepts”. Participating in the exhibition are artists Krišs Salmanis, Kaspars Zariņš, Inga Ģibiete, Laura Prikule and Eva Vēvere from Latvia, Icelandic performance star Ragnar Kjartansson and various artists from the UK, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic and Poland.
On April 28, during the “Brunch with the artists”, the visitors will have the opportunity to meet the members of German artist collective OGINO:KNAUSS, authors of a film “Dom Novogo Byta”. The film follows the remnants of the Moscow’s modernism architecture and records its existence in contemporary Russia. Present at the “Brunch” will also be German artist Christian Helwing, whose references stem from theories of modern architecture and related artistic currents such as De Stijl, Bauhaus and Minimalism.
Pius Fox “The Same in Mirrors” Gallery “Māksla XO”, Riga April 26 – May 21, 2013
Piuss Fox (1983) is a young painter from Berlin, whose works have already attracted the attention of art critics and collectors with their intricate and sensual execution. In his oil paintings on canvas and paper, Fox has developed a style of painting that includes both clear figural messages and abstract compositions. The artist often uses various layers of paint, translucent and opaque, thus creating a deep and dynamic space of colour. Often his paintings act as windows or doors to something new, but what lies behind them, remains untraceable.
The Köler Prize. Exhibition of Nominees The Museum of Contemporary Art of Estonia (EKKM), Tallinn April 27 – June 16, 2013
The Köler Prize was founded in 2011 by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Estonia (EKKM) for the purpose of popularizing contemporary art within the local art scene. Since then, five artists or art groups of Estonian descent or permanently residing in Estonia have been nominated every year and this year they are Karel Koplimets, Paul Kuimet, Kristina Norman, Jaanus Samma and Triin Tamm.
The nomination for the Köler Prize usually consists of two segments. During the first stage artists have to submit two of their works to the jury – one of which should be already exhibited within the last three years, but the other one should be produced especially for the Köler Prize. Both of these art works, along with the artist’s portfolio, is then evaluated by an international panel of judges, including the previous year’s winner, who then select the laureate. This year the main award and the public’s choice award will be announced at the gala on May 19, 2013.
In 2011, the Grand Prix was awarded to Jevgeni Zolotko and Tõnis Saadoja received the Public’s Choice Award. In 2012, however, both of these awards went to Flo Kasearu.
Lech Majewski “4 moving poems” The Art Museum “Riga Bourse”, Riga May 4 – June 16, 2013
The Art Museum “Riga Bourse” will hold a solo presentation “4 moving poems” by the significant Polish-born contemporary artist, film director and poet Lech Majewski. The name of Lech Majewski has already been paired with many influential art institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York) that held the artist’s comprehensive retrospective in 2007. The audio-visual work of Lech Majewski will comprise four of the artist’s noteworthy video cycles: “DiVinities”, “Blood of a Poet”, “Bruegel Suite” and “The Roe’s Room”, which have already been exhibited in prestigious art museums around the world. In 2011 Majewski’s visual poem “Bruegel Suite”, for example, visited the Louvre (Paris) National Museum (Kraków) and it was part of the respected 54th Venice Biennale.
Every image within the exhibition can be compared to a visualised moving poem that permits to be viewed separately or in context with the others. Importantly, this artistic approach liberates the perception and allows its meaning to be interpreted according to the viewer’s capacity. Lech Majewski is painting with his camera.
“Contemporary art has become terrible. Horrible! It’s now the art of destruction, the art of rubbish, emptiness and plastic. I get nothing out of it. I think the 20th century killed the foundation of art,” in an interview with Arterritory.com reveals Majewski.
“24 Spaces – A Cacophony” Malmö Konsthall and various locations in the Nordic region May 4 – August 18, 2013
With the exhibition “24 Spaces”, its main driving force – Malmö Konsthall – attempts to use the Nordic region as a starting point to examine various alternative, non-commercial artist- or curator-driven, exhibition spaces. The aim of the exhibitions is intend to highlight all the diverse artistic forms of expression, which are currently being created or exhibited in the Nordic region.
The participants of this project include various art institutions in the Nordic region, as well as kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga, which is planning to exhibit works by two Latvian contemporary artists - Daria Melnikova and Armands Zelčs. Lithuania, however, will be represented by Vilnius project space The Gardens. The exhibition will embrace such artists Konstantinas Bogdanas Jr. and Rūtenė Merkliopaitė.
There is a clear interest in global collaboration and an awareness of its importance, and the organizers of “24 Spaces” hope that the various contributions to “24 Spaces” will promote discussion and dialogue.