Painting

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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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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Proffessor 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 personal exhibition “Theatre of Gestures”, curated by Andris Brinkmanis, opens its doors to the public ...
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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 ...
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Screen Tests for Köler Prize 2018

Premiere at cinema Sõprus Monday, 2nd of April, 6.30 pm Free entrance! The film “Screen Tests for Köler Prize 2018” accompanies the 7th Köler Prize exhibition of the nominees at EKKM, open during 31.03.–20.05.2018. The nominees for Köler Prize 2018 are: ANNA ŠKODENKO, HOLGER LOODUS, TAAVI TALVE, TANJA MURAVSKAJA and TARVO VARRES. Idea: EKKM & Nora Särak Cinematographer: Nora Särak ...
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EKA + Aalto students exhibition System & Error at EKKM

System & Error Exhibition: 23rd February / 4th March Off-season Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), Opening Party: 18:00 / Friday 23rd Ordinary life is made of eventful junctures, constant surprises and adjustments that go beyond all attempts to rigorously plan and design things. Infrastructures crack, smart phones make errors, printers print funny stuff, states fail and the ...

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Lembitu 12, Tallinn, Estonia