Rott/Rat is the EKA Chair of Painting where painting has overflowed its boundaries. As Daniel Birnbaum wrote back in 2001: “Painting no longer exists as a strictly circumscribed mode of expression; rather, it is a zone of contagion, constantly branching out and widening its scope”. The rat is a survivor, able to adapt to all sorts of situations, fleeing a sinking ship. The rat lives on, even if painting has been dubbed dead many times over. The rat is like a zombie painter – even if its body is dead, it lives on. Like a DJ mixing tracks, past and present are turned into future. As Korakrit Arunanondchai says in his video Painting with History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names: “One day when humans no longer exist, rats might take over.”


Painting installation by Carl-Robert Kagge during the Artbaza event at Astangu, 2017


On the left: Kelli Gedvil’s painting installation “Homelike Saturation”, 2017. On the right: Mihkel Ilus’s “Robusto” exhibition view at Draakon gallery, photo by Johannes Säre, 2013

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Portfolio Café is structured around one-on-one meetings that take place between local and international fine arts and design professionals and graduate students. Each meeting takes place about 50 minutes. During Portfolio Café sessions students introduce themselves and their work, and experts share their observations, provide recommendations ask, questions etc. After the first scheduled ...
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Brenda Purtsak and Eero Alev ” Pretence” 11.02–07.03.2020

Join us for the opening of the exhibition “Pretence” by Brenda Purtsak and Eero Alev on Tuesday, February 11 at 6 PM. The exhibition is curated by Holger Loodus. With this exhibition, two young painters, Brenda Purtsak and Eero Alev portray a person through body and space. Right at the start of the project, the artists reached an agreement that they would not show the face of the person being ...

Open Lecture: multimedia artist Tyler Tekatch

On this Wednesday, 16th October at 4 PM in room A501 takes place the 7th Open Seminar of the Faculty of Fine Arts. This time we are visited by Canadian multimedia artist Tyler Tekatch. The seminar will be held in English. Hamilton-based artist Tyler Tekatch creates work in film, video and installation that explores perception and the religious imagination. Influenced by Canadian ...
Jaan Toomiku isiknäitus A Theatre of Gestures

Professor Jaan Toomik’s solo exhibition A Theatre of Gestures at Mukusala Art Salon, Riga, Latvia

Maaliosakonna professori Jaan Toomiku isiknäitus A Theatre of Gestures, kuraator Andris Brinkmanis The Mukusala Art Salon Riia, Läti 15.02.18-12.04.18 Jaan Toomik, one of the most renowned Estonian artists in the world, makes his return to Riga after a 10-year-long absence. His second major solo exhibition “Theatre of Gestures”, curated by Andris Brinkmanis, opens its doors to the public on ...

Assistant of the EKA painting department Mihkel Ilus performing at the Kiasma Theathre, Finland

A performative installation dominated by the frontal collision of black and white magic. The performance is inspired by Kiasma Theatre’s space and celebrates Kiasma’s 20th anniversary. Fri April 6 at 7pm Sat  April 7 at 4pm – meet the artists after the performance Caprices III is a performative installation dominated by the frontal collision of black and white magic. Light freezes into ...

The first year master students of painting department in Estonian Academy of Arts invite you to their end of semester exhibition

It takes place on the 29th of November in the second tunnel of the historical ammunition storage in Astangu and lasts for only one night! The exhibited works are site-specific and deal with the problematics related to the location. What kind of meaning does a former ammunition storage with its non-functional existence possess regarding the city? What symbols does it hold, what ...

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