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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Alice Kask and Neeme Külm at the Tartu Art House

On Friday, 17 November at 5:00 p.m. Alice Kask and Neeme Külm will open their joint exhibition “Something Righter in This” in the large gallery of the Tartu Art House.  The exhibition is seemingly a continuation of the show “In Vanity Alone”, which Alice and Neeme organised in the Tallinn City Gallery a year ago. At the same time, it is also not. While the selection at that time was firmly ...
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Exhibition “How to be Here”

Exhibition How to be Here by the 3rd year students of the department of painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts will be opened in the hall of exhibitions in the library of the University of Tartu at 18:00 on Monday, October 16th, 2023. Participating artists are: Karola Ainsar, Anaïs Dubois, Maria Hindreko, Liisa-Lota Jõeleht, Stanislav Alexander Mihheljus, Daria Morozova and Marc Léger ...
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Holger Loodus in Vaal Gallery

On Friday, 15th of September at 6 pm Holger Loodus will open his solo exhibition titled “Silver Bullet / Dinner for Four” at Vaal Gallery. The exhibition brings together two parallel narratives presented as a cohesive unity through the mediums of painting and video. The series of paintings titled “Dinner for Four” is about you and me and the unknown guests who come to ...
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Kelli Gedvil and Kristen Rästas in Draakoni Gallery

On September 6, 2023 at 18.00, the co-exhibition of Kelli Gedvil and Kristen Rästas Wake Me Up, When It’s All Over will open in Draakon Gallery. Wake Me Up, When It’s All Over, the co-exhibition of Kelli Gedvili and Kristen Rästas, poetically reflects on the introverted urge to find shelter from everyday sensitivities and encapsulate in the digital world. The artists are focused on creating ...

Alexei Gordin in Vaal Gallery

EKA painting alumnus Alexei Gordin opens exhibition “Dreams Come True in this Gallery” in Vaal Gallery.  “Recently, I was scanning the traces of my online existence and dug up my very first posted artwork, a 2006 pencil drawing called ‘A Place Under the Sun’. It has been 16 years since it happened, 10 of which I’ve been part of the professional art world, ...
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Assessment Marathon 02.—19.05.2023 at EKA Gallery

May 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 will ...
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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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