2022 Rait Prääts CHIP CRISIS at HOP Gallery

Rait Prääts
6.05.- 31.05.2022

According to the artist, a rapidly developing world of artificial intelligence (AI) has been formed inside of the naturally evolutionized word. Augmented reality is born. Through his current exhibition Chip Crisis, Rait Prääts attempts to examine this new form of reality as well as find intersections and differences. The artist’s research is not completed yet, but the first outcome can be already revealed.

Most of pleasures and some of temptations belong only to the natural world. For instance, there are no such things as the abundance of fragrances and tastes, the pleasure of touching, enjoying nature, soft caress of spring breeze, passion of kisses, excitement of sex, awareness of being mortal, relaxation from smoking a cigarette, pleasures experienced with narcotic substances and alcoholic drinks in artificial world. At the same time, more and more experiments attempt to enter the evolution of natural world. It can be stated that the human species increasingly looks at nature and other information on various screens. Changing the genetics of species is in its baby steps, lots of species have already been changes and some species already extinct. Today it is unknown whether algorithms and chips develop more towards progress or destruction. At the present day, natural and AI worlds share numerous intersections that can be called augmented reality. The latter can be conceived as an extraordinary development leap that has brought along both good and evil – for instance, the crisis of truth, increasing desire for wealth, ethical crisis, wars, hybrid wars, destruction of technology and nature, energetic crisis, crisis of primary products, chip crisis, the possibility to delete everything by pushing a button. If trying to find anything positive in the abovementioned crises, then the chip crisis is currently intensely blocking the abilities of the bloody aggressor in the War of Independence in Ukraine. There are signs that Ukraine is able to protect its independence when receiving hi-tech support. For making final conclusions the studies are still in a very early phase. But it can be stated with confidence that augmented reality is born to stay and to develop.


Rait Prääts (b. 1952) has graduated from the Estonian State Art Institute in 1975. Prääts is a member of the Estonian Artists’ Association, Estonian Glass Artists’ Union and Estonian Sculptors’ Union. He has participated in exhibitions since 1975 both in Estonia and abroad. The artist has held 21 personal exhibition. Together with his wife, graphic artist Sirje Eelma, Rait Prääts has held an exhibition series „In one house“ consisting of 16 parts. Rait Prääts’s artwork are also in several public places in Estonia, Finland, Georgia and France. He has taught at the Estonian Academy of Arts and organized the festival Kunstisuvi (Summer of Art, 1995–2008). Prääts’s artwork are in numerous private collections and various museums.


Special thanks: Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Estonian Artists Association, Gallery Okapi.

Exhibitions in HOP gallery are supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Liviko Ltd.

2022 Annual Exhibition COLOUR – RED 2.0

Kohtla-Järve Oil Shale Museum’s  White  Hall
15.05 – 11.06. 2022

This is a second edition of the travelling exhibition, whose first instance could be seen at the ARS Project Space, Tallinn, in 2020.

Participants: Aleksandra Ehrensvärd, Anna-Maria Vaino, Birgit Pählapuu, Eili Soon, Kai Kiudsoo-Värv, Kairi Orgusaar, Kati Kerstna, Kersti Vaks, Malle Karik-Hallimäe, Maret Sarapu, Merle Kannus, Piret Ellamaa, Piret Uibotalu, Rait Lõhmus, Riho Hütt, Tiia Põldmets, Tiina Sarapu, Sofi Aršas. 
Curator and organizer: Maarja Mäemets

Sponsored by the Cultural ENdowment of Estonia.

Photos: Rait Lõhmus

2022 GLASS MAKERS at the History Museum

11.2.2022 – 31.12.2022

The exhibition “Glass Makers: The History of the Estonian Glass Industry” provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the Estonian glass industry and the most important producers of glass. Visitors can get to know glass in all its beauty – the exhibition begins with the oldest glass objects found in Estonia and ends with today’s glass production.

The exhibition features products from all the most important glass workshops and factories in Estonia, which allows the viewer to notice the technical and artistic development of glass production and see how shiny mirrors and crystal objects are achieved from the initial opaque glass sheets. The extensive exhibition of items is based on the unique collections of the Estonian History Museum, but also includes the finest examples from other museums and private collections. In addition to the exhibited items, it is possible to see unique archive footage that introduces the development of glass production and how glass is produced at the Järvakandi glass factory today.

There are also exciting interactive areas at the exhibition that offer the opportunity to consider the value and properties of glass. Mirrors, adventures in the world of coloured glass, shards of glass – glass is fragile after all. In addition to the perception of glass as a material, the interactive areas offer visitors the opportunity to preserve their likeness in the beauty of glass.

Glass production is the local industry with the longest history. For four centuries, this material with its complex technical and unique physical properties has been produced in almost every corner of Estonia. The production of industrial glass began in 1628 in Hiiumaa in the Hütti glass factory, which belonged to the Swedish landowner Jakob de la Gardie, but by the 18th century similar workshops were being established all over Estonia. The golden age of our glass industry came after the birth of statehood, when factories based on local capital were established and the first Estonian masters were trained. Domestic glass production reached world standards in 1934, when the progressive industrialist Johannes Lorup established a modern factory in Tallinn, where semi-crystal and crystal items were produced for the first time, in addition to glass. After the implementation of the Soviet regime, the Lorup company was nationalised and renamed Tarbeklaas.

Today, the only glass manufacturer in Estonia is the Järvakandi Glass Factory, which mainly produces glass containers.

The exhibition is open in the Maarjamäe stable building of the History Museum from 11th of February 2022.

Exhibition curator: Anne Ruussaar

Design: Anne Määrmann, Kristi Prinzmann,  Bob & DokoDoko

Graphic design:  Motor 

Project team: Krista Sarv, Kärt Kelder, Laura Kipper, Peeter Mauer, Galina Zaitseva, Tiina Sakemaa, Aime Andresson, Riho Ints, Helene Tedre, Ruth Laidvee, Piia Sinisalu, Sigrid Huik and other membes of Estonian History Museum team.

Cooperation partners:

Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

Tallinn City Museum

Tartu City Museum

Tallinn University

Järvakandi Glass Museum

Järvakandi Glass Factory

Private collectors – Kalle Kimsto, Epp Eelmaa, Sylvia Kesa, Kalle Oja, Toomas Plaan, Toomas Zupping, Marek Kuul, Ilona Ringas, Silja Põder, Sigrid Huik, Ene Hiio, Salme Jugaste, Maie-Ann Raun

With thanks to:
Järvakandi Glass Factory

2022 Sofi Aršas EXAMINATION at Vabaduse Gallery

Sofi Aršas’ exhibition “Examination” opened at Vabaduse Gallery from 26.03 – 20.04. 2022.

Photos by Mati Hiis

2022 Kati Kerstna ACCESSORIES in Rapla

Kati Kerstna
Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art
Jan 29 – Feb 27, 2022
Tue – Sun 3pm – 6pm
Tallinna mnt. 3b, Rapla
The UN has declared 2022 the Year of Glass: https://www.iyog2022.org/
To celebrate this undertaking, the Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art launches its annual programme by proudly presenting a brand new exhibition of glass installations. Kati Kerstna’s “Accessories” applies glass and illumination in order to – literally – shed light on environmental issues.
We regard our surroundings as accessories; whenever something gets lost or broken, we just exclaim “Oh s#!t, not again…” then shrug and go shopping for the next umbrella, handbag, shawl, or pair of gloves. Yet, no shopping trip can replace a species that’s gone extinct, and it takes decades – or centuries – to grow another full-fledged, functioning habitat.
Here, I present three new installations, made specially for the exhibition:
“Down” is a metaphor for our situation within the modern world and the ongoing climate crisis – a situation each of us might not even fully comprehend.

“Values” I and II turn the spotlight on biodiversity; I’m hoping to draw attention to, but also to evoke pride and joy in, our local, endangered, yet still fairly well-preserved natural riches.

“Agreement. Once, in Paris” expresses the importance of reaching agreements, and the inevitability of keeping one’s promises.
The installation “Agreement. Once, in Paris” was awarded the IRMA Collaborative grant for 2021.

Why glass? For me, glass – with its transparency and reflections, its play of light, can add a touch of magic to even difficult topics, impart them with a kind of visual poetry, thereby hopefully sparking curiosity and caring instead of apathy; bringing about goodwill and a wish to participate. In today’s context, I dare even say – glass could give us an incentive to move with the times.
Kati Kerstna
Kati Kerstna represents the voice of environmentalism among Estonan glass artists – raising the question of whether it’s possible to be simultaneously an environmentalist and an artist working with an energy-intensive material such as glass. Solutions she’s come up with include using recycled glass, relying predominantly on cold techniques such as engraving and cutting, building wood-heated glass furnaces for which even the clay for the bricks is sourced locally, incorporation of non-permanent materials such as papier-mache, ashes and soot, as well as later repurposing her artworks as materials for new creations, but also for greenhouses and plant support – but also directly dedicating her works to topics such as pollution, deforestation, and global warming . She utilizes electronics and mechanical devices to create kinetic sculptures. Light always plays an essential part in her own installations, but also when she’s designing an exhibition with other participants.
She is known as an organiser and designer of numerous exhibitions home and abroad (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Germany, Russia) and also as a long-time organiser of the Haapsalu hot glass symposia.
The Exhibition is supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, IRMA Collaborative,
EKDesign, the Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art.
Special thanks to: Toomas Kukk (magazine “Estonian Nature”), Inguna Audere ja Michael Rogers (IRMA Collaborative), Merle ja Erki Kannus (EKDesign), Kairi Orgusaar (the Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art)


In the media:

Triinu Soikmets in Sirp