EKA Chair of Painting is 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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Sirja-Liisa Eelma: “The Skin of Reflections”at Tartu Art House

Sirja-Liisa Eelma’s solo exhibition “The Skin of Reflections” in the large gallery of the Tartu Art House. This exhibition introduces Sirja-Liisa Eelma’s paintings completed in 2022 and 2023. The new artworks form a continuation of Eelma’s painting series Black Mirror, which was partly displayed at the exhibition of the same title by Sirja-Liisa Eelma and Tiina Sarapu in the Draakon ...
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Denisa Štefanigová “Beyond the Blue Yonder” 16.02-16.03.2023 at EKA Gallery

Beyond the Blue Yonder Denisa Štefanigová in collaboration with Johanna Ruukholm and Marleen Suvi, curated by Yilin Ma. 16.02–16.03.2023 Opening: 16.02, 5 pm In Štefanigová’s Beyond the Blue Yonder exhibition, humans are melting, becoming tides into other creatures to coexist together, in the same body. Culture historian Astrida Neimanis writes on ”Hydrofeminism; Or, On Becoming a Body of ...
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Holger Loodus in Kai Art Center

Holger Loodus’ solo exhibition will be on view from January 22 to April 23, 2023. ‘18 Moments of Spring‘ is the first presentation of his new work in Kai.  Loodus, working with painting and media art, is showing two video installations that provide a comprehensive spatial experience. In contrast to the constant haste and fragmentation of contemporary life, Loodus strives to slow down and ...
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Loora Kaubi ”One never sees the sun in a dream”

‘One never sees the sun in a dream’ is the solo exhibition of artist Loora Kaubi. It presents a selection of older sculptural works and paintings, new materials and video work, transformed in two spatial installations. The exhibition opens 12 January 2023 at 7 p.m. in the gallery of the historical sculpture building in Raja. Kaubi brings together a body of work that deals with a continuous ...
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Assessment Marathon 01.—22.12.2022 at EKA Gallery

December brings an opportunity to experience, in an exhibition format, works produced by students in the Faculty of Fine Arts as their term projects: every day there will be a fresh crop of university students’ works on display in the gallery. Works in contemporary art, prints, installation, sculpture and painting curricula will be on display. On each morning of the marathon, a new exhibition ...
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Workshop The Alchemy of [Painting]

In autumn 2021, a workshop The Alchemy of [Painting] was held at the Chair of Painting at the EKA. Inspired by a still life of strange parts and wet preparations, the aim was to open up the concept of alchemy from the point of view of painting and using the tools of painting. In addition to the practical work, there were lectures and discussions on phenomen of alchemy from the perspectives of ...
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Sirja-Liisa Eelma & Tiina Sarapu “Black Mirror”

Sirja-Liisa Eelma and Tiina Sarapu will open their co-exhibition Black Mirror in Draakon gallery at 5pm on Tuesday, May 31st 2022. Exhibition will be open until June 25, 2022. Black surface absorbs light and colours; while looking at black surface, one can see info infinity, unknowing, solitude and protective tenderness. Mirror gives you the honest truth. The danger to get stuck in ...

Olev Kuma “Transmission”

TRANSMISSION the process of passing something from one person or place to another (Oxford English Dictionary) Last decades have brought significant changes to the consciousness. We encounter more messages and the images are ever faster. The series „Transmission“ on the other hand consists of very slow images. These are layered allover abstract paintings, which open themselves gradually and ...

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