2021 Merle Kannus THE HUMAN FACTOR in Rapla

Merle Kannus opened her personal exhibition “The Human Factor” at the Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art in April 2021.

The exhibition was built on a contrast between togetherness and solitude, both forced and voluntary, and mainnly featured works from the last 5 years, in the series “Weed,” “Small Conflicts,” “Pre-Time,” “Until We Meet Again” and “Where All the Women are Strong, All the Men are Good-lokking, and All the Children Are Above Average.”


Photo: Tiina Sarapu

The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Staircase Gallery

The artist featured in the exhibition series “Room” this year is Tiina Sarapu. The series was launched in 2018 with the aim of giving contemporary artists and designers the opportunity to engage with the museum’s collections – material objects that have shaped our routine environment in one way or another. In the course of the project, artists have the opportunity to explore the museum’s collection and the peculiarities of museum work, and to formalise their creative impulses as an exhibition in the museum’s gallery, installed in one of the rooms of a 19th-century residential building.

Tiina Sarapu: “I was really happy with the museum’s invitation. The proposed format and possibilities for approaching the subject extended my previous projects a great deal. I am interested in space, in the environment, I am interested in there being free space. Watching light move around the room brings me pleasure. I become enraptured by glass when I happen to observe the unexpected and yet perfectly consistent landscapes glass and light can create inside a space.

I saw a lot of links with my previous work in questions regarding the storage, packaging, shipment and selection of items for museum displays, so I initially tried to drop these invisible threads and just started researching. So, at first I wasn’t looking for anything. Maybe just myself. I wanted to know what I could find.

Exploring museum collections can be compared to surfing in your own subconscious. Combing through a huge amount of visual material, I began to observe my feelings and thoughts more closely, discovering the patterns they form. Again and again, I found myself pausing at works encompassing a nostalgic warmth, a kind of nearness and familiarity. I also found works that aroused anxiety or gloom, as well as indifference or boredom.

I was very interested in how the artefacts were catalogued and physically stored or packaged. But what is even more interesting and consequential is how the collection is formed. The excitement, complexity and responsibility of collecting became clearer to me more than ever before.”

The environment created by Tiina Sarapu in the museum gallery harbours a nearly perfect workroom with a view, but also a delicately designed airy space where her favourite artefacts from the museum collection are combined with selected objects from elsewhere, forming a lively dialogue with the artist’s original work. Half open grey glass vitrines and boxes filter some of the works, while the curves, engravings and grey veiled quality offer new perspectives and food for thought. This “room of secrets” is light and contains plenty of time and space, which Tiina Sarapu wants to offer with her work.

SLOW LIGHT in Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art

foto: Tiina Kõrtsin

foto: Tiina Kõrtsin

An exhibition of glass & light objects with spatial sound and moving lighting design

Light travels slowly on the Disc and is slightly heavy, with a tendency to pile up against high mountain ranges. Research wizards have speculated that there is another, much speedier type of light which allows the slower light to
be seen, but since this moves too fast to see they have been unable to find a use for it.
When light encounters a strong magical field it loses all sense of urgency. It slows right down. And on the
Discworld the magic was embarrassingly strong, which meant that the soft yellow light of dawn flowed over the sleeping landscape like the caress of a gentle lover or, as some would have it, like golden syrup.
Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
/Terry Pratchett/

The Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art finalises its 10th anniversary programme with an international exhibition of glass & light objects titled Slow Light. A “living” display where luminous objects move in the dark space, casting shadows, reflections and surreal images. Others stay still, with only a pulsating inner luminescence revealing their hidden facets. Light and sound connect the pieces into a unified, abstract spectacle, where every work plays a role.
The exhibition offers an exciting gamut of ideas and techniques. Participating artists – celebrated internationally and locally – each have developed a unique vision and handwriting.
The year 2020, with its unexpected developments, has made us contemplate our environment and humanity from new angles. The works, most of which were created specially for the occasion, display both humour and wistfulness, but also deeper perceptions and reflections.

Sofi Aršas, Piret Ellamaa, Merle Kannus, Erki Kannus, Kati Kerstna, Kai Kiudsoo-Värv , Eve Koha, Kai Koppel, Marilin Kristjuhan, Kairi Orgusaar, Aleksandra Pavlenkova, Rait Prääts, Birgit Pählapuu, Kateriin Rikken, Maret Sarapu, Eili Soon , Aivar Tõnso, Kristiina Uslar (Estonia), Torsten Rötzsch, Simone Fezer (Germany), Marta Gibiete (Latvia).

Curator: Kairi Orgusaar.
Exhibition, lighting and graphic design: Kati Kerstna.
Sound composition: Aivar Tõnso.

Opening Nov. 20.at18.00
The Rapla County Centre for Contemporary Art, Tallinna mnt. 3b, Rapla.
Open Nov. 21– Dec. 13, Tue-Sun 15.00 – 18.00.
Closed on Mondays.

Sponsored by:
Cultural Endowment of Estonia, CEE Rapla County expert group, Rapla Parish, Rapla County Municipalities’ Development Foundation.

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Kristiina Uslar’s Sharp Emptiness I exhibited in Venice

September 2018 will see the Michelangelo Foundation’s unprecedented celebration of European craftsmanship showcased across the range of beautiful and surprising spaces that comprise the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, an international cultural centre which lays claim to most of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice.

Homo Faber will adorn the Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s many varied spaces, including a number of historically and architecturally significant buildings, and will fill its galleries, libraries, cloisters and even its swimming pool with exquisite pieces, innovative installations and artisans creating work on site in full view. Taking up nearly 4,000 square metres, this exhibition will be the largest ever held at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and will offer the public the opportunity to explore a range of spaces not generally open to them.

Created by a hand-picked team of world-class designers, curators and architects, Homo Faber aims to put the finest artisans of Europe on centre stage while providing a unique and memorable experience for visitors. The Homo Faber team, which includes names such as Michele de Lucchi, Stefano Boeri, India Mahdavi, Judith Clark, Jean Blanchaert and Stefano Micelli, has come together to imbue the exhibit with untold imagination and energy. Also collaborating with the Michelangelo Foundation on this undertaking are partner organizations that share its vision including: the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, the Triennale Design Museum, and the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art.

A huge range of materials and disciplines will be represented, from jewellery to bespoke bicycles, from skills on the brink of being lost to some of the most sought after icons associated with European style.

Homo Faber is fuelled by an ardent belief in the power and value of real human engagement. As such, the exhibition is intended as an immersive experience – visitors will be able to speak to artisans, virtually enter the ateliers of the masters, observe conservators at work and truly immerse themselves in the world of fine craftsmanship, a world that relies on connection: connecting the hand, head and heart to create authentic works of lasting value.

2018 Different Angle at the Evald Okas Museum in Haapsalu

on photo: Simone Fezer "Perception"

on photo: Simone Fezer “Perception”


One´s point of view depends on a number of variables – upbringing, environment, opinions, prejudices, goals and needs, and so on. Our viewing angle shapesour judgement, decision-making, behaviour patterns and their consequences. Yet sometimes, looking at things from a different angle can open a door to another, perhaps more spacious, world.


The exhibition allows us a glimpse of wildly differing viewpoints, on topics ranging from nostalgic past moments, intimate memories, yearnings for freedom, concerns for the fate of Earth and the artist’s own carbon footprint, through close-up studies of skin, musings on the concept of perfection, wanderings in the twilight zone, to frontal attacks against aesthetics.
One may find works both monumental and miniature, representative and abstract, sculptural and painterly, metaphorical and direct, cheery and dark, quiet and loud. There’s even a study on glass by the late Master Evald Okas. In short, there’s lots to see, all summer long.

participating: Sofi Aršas, Piret Ellamaa, Erki Kannus, Merle Kannus, Kati Kerstna, Eve Koha, Kai Koppel, Ivo Lill, Evald Okas, Kairi Orgusaar, Rait Prääts, Kateriin Rikken, Eili Soon (EE); Marta Gibiete, Anda Munkevica (LV); Simone Fezer, Cornelius Réer, Torsten Rötzsch (DE)

curator: Kati Kerstna
translation: Merle Kannus

exhibition is part of the art programme “One Hundred Artscapes” dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia
sponsored by: Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, City of Haapsalu, Evald Okas Museum

on photo: Simone Fezer “Perception”

2017 annual exhibition COLD-HOT. Estonian Glass art 80.

The Estonian Glass Artists’ Union will be celebrating the 80th anniversary of professional glass art in Estonia with an international exhibition and conference. A joint Estonian-German exhibition titled Cold-Hot opened November 10, 2017 at the Tallinn Creative Hub



Curator of the exhibition: Sofi Aršas

Designer of the exhibition: Riina Degtjarenko

Graphic design: Piret Räni

2017 International Conference Glass in Art and Architecture – HOT/COLD

You are cordially invited to the conference Glass in Art and Architecture – HOT/COLD

80 years of Estonian glass art

The Estonian Glass Artists’ Union will be celebrating the 80th anniversary of professional glass art in Estonia with an international exhibition and conference. A joint Estonian-German exhibition titled HOT/COLD opens November 10, 2017 at the Tallinn Creative Hub, and the conference takes place at the same location and the same day.

The conference focuses on contemporary glass art and its role in public space and architecture.

Main topics include:

– Trends and developments of the last decade in Estonian glass art;

– Contemporary glass art in Germany;

– Glass art in public space and architecture.

At the conference, we’ll be seeking answers to the following questions: what are the problems faced by glass artists today? What is the future of glass art education? What are the similarities and differences of the Estonian and German glass art scene? What is the state of glass art in Germany – education, exhibitions, museums, corporations, and trends? How is glass art displayed in interiors and public spaces in Estonia? Glass in space – a focal point or a building material? How are architects cooperating with glass artists?

Presentations will be made by Dr Sven Hauschke from the Coburg Museum of Contemporary Glass; Torsten Rötzch, Chairman of the German Union of Glass Artists; Estonian glass artists Kai Kiudsoo-Värv, Kalli Sein, Tiina Sarapu, and Mare Saare; Estonian architect Kalle Komissarov. The conference will take place at the Terrace Hall of Tallinn Creative Hub. Presentation languages include Estonian and English.


10.45 – 11.30 Registration,  coffee

11.30   Opening, welcome note

11.50   Kai Kiudsoo-Värv “Through fire and water, or the endaevours of Glass Artists in the last decade”

12.20   Kalli Sein „Illuminating facts on illuminators – examples of custom-made work“

12.50   Tiina Sarapu “Glass in Architecture, Potential in Glass:  Perspectives towards the architectural and public space glass in 21st century Estonia – the successes, the mishaps, and the developmental capacity”

13.20   Kalle Komissarov “Glass Architecture”

13.50 – 14.50  Lunch

14.50   Dr Sven Hauschke  “Modern glass in Germany”

15.20   Torsten Rötzsch  “About the Glass Artists Union of North-Rhine Westfalia”

15.50   Prof Mare Saare  “Project based learning vs technology based learning”  – with focus on the Estonian Academy of Art

16.20 – 16.50  FInal words, discussion, followed by exhibition opening performance

ONGOING / GOING ON in St Petersburg

ongoingYoung Estonian Glass Artist’s Exhibition from 11.05.2016 til 17.08.2016 at the Museum of Glass Art on Yelagin island in St. Petersburg.

Participating artists: Aleksandra Pavlenkova, Andra Jõgis, Caspar Sild, Kateriin Rikken, Kristiina Oppi, Külli Nidermann, Maarja Mäemets, Maria Tamm and Mikk Jäger.


lillviinistuExhibition in Viinistu Art Museum, 4 – 31 August 2016. Open every day from 11am to 6pm.
Glass: Ivo Lill, interior design: Maret Kukkur
Exhibition opening: 3rd August at 6pm.

The exhibition of glass sculptures by Ivo Lill “High Water” will start with the vernissage in Viinistu Art Museum on 3rd of August at 6pm.
Both this exhibition and Ivo Lill’s work in general were inspired by WATER – the sound, beauty and dynamics of flowing water. The exhibition designer, theatre artist Maret Kukkur, has staged the previous showcase “On Ghost Waters” in September 2015 into artificial body of water which transformed into a quicksilver ghost stream coursing through an abandoned industrial environment.
This time the exhibition is built on the contrast of Viinistu spacious seascape and rusty industrial reservoirs where the glass sculptures are captured in high water. Glass sculptures give reflections on the surface of the water and shadows on rusty walls. The visitor will be able to “change the world” by splashing in shallow water and making the rippling reflections dance. However, after leaving the room the reflections on the surface will calm down and everything will be as it was before.
The exhibition is open every day from 11 to 6pm and remains open until August 31, 2016.

See panorama of exhibition:

2016 LIGHT SHINES THROUGH at Kondas Centre

Kondas Centre is happy to invite you to the opening of Reet Talimaa’s and Kai Kiudsoo-Värv’s joint exhibition Light Shines Through on Saturday the 2nd of April at 4 p.m. 

The exhibition’s title Light Shines Through states the simple truth that only light enables us to see nature and Creation. Each spring light is wonderfully reborn. This knowledge carries us through the long darkness, because the miserably dark season always seems to go on forever. Living in a northern country our rhythm of life is inextricably linked with the duality of light and darkness.

Light bears, grows and affirms life in both the direct and indirect sense. Light is the window of life, every human’s window to the world. Creator’s hope, the heart of light.

The troubled and bellicose times we live in remind us an old story about Martin Luther who in rensponse to the question what would he do if he knew that the world would end tomorrow replied that he would plant an apple tree.

We as artists use the time we’ve been granted for doing exhibitions. We are sisters who grew up in Tallinn. Glass artist Kai Kiudsoo-Värv’s hometown remains to be Tallinn, while the textile artist Reet Talimaa has been living in Viljandi for a little more than twenty years.

As sisters our creative searches and experiments are naturally bound together, though not so much in a tangible imagery but in the same kind of thinking and world view we share. Therefore we have decided to bring together works of art which have been created in different times and by different motivations. In 2007 we exhibited our works together in a small town of Den Helder in the Netherlands. This is our first joint exhibition in homely Estonia.

We devote this exhibition to our beloved mother, Sirje Kiudsoo, joyful spring child.

Reet Talimaa, textile artist
Kai-Kiudsoo Värv, glass artist