Annual exhibition of the Estonian Glass Artists’ Union
Kondas Centre, Pikk st 8, Viljandi
Open 12.11.2023 – 9. 03.2024, Wed-Sun 10.00-17.00

The Earth has been shaken off its axis, and we find ourselves once more living in an era of legends and fairy tales. Before our very eyes, new heroes and new villains are born; an evil cook turns his ladle in the Kremlin, and a ghost dashes about in the sky above Kiev.

A legend can sometimes be scary and nightmarish, but ultimately, its purpose is to give hope – to segment a confusing time into intelligible stories with a beginning and an end; to give meaning to lives lost, to show light at the end of the tunnel. In both love and war, the victory belongs to one who tells the more credible story.

A legend can let you escape daily drudgery, to visit mysterious sights and creatures. A legend allows you to see connections between the past and the present; to view a landscape from the perspective of an eagle or that of a frog; to learn from others’ mistakes once in a while. Thus, it shapes every human being’s unique inner cosmos, and gives birth to new legends.

Participants: Sofi Aršas, Aleksandra Ehrensvärd, Piret Ellamaa, Riho Hütt, Erki Kannus, Merle Kannus, Malle Karik-Hallimäe, Kati Kerstna, Kai Kiudsoo-Värv, Eve Koha, Kai Koppel, Maarja Mäemets, Kairi Orgusaar, Rait Prääts, Tiia Põldmets, Kateriin Rikken, Kai Roosaar, Torsten Rötzch, Maret Sarapu, Tiina Sarapu, Kalli Sein, Eili Soon, Piret Uibotalu, Anna-Maria Vaino, Kersti Vaks.

Curators: Merle Kannus, Malle Karik-Hallimäe, Sofi Aršas.
Lighting: Kati Kerstna.

Sponsored by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Kondas Centre.

2023 Maret Sarapu FLOW

FLOW. Artwork by Maret Sarapu for the Mustamäe State High School.

Thanks to Andres Sykiäinenile – AR Engineering Office
Urmas Sepp – Klaasissepa OÜ

Photo: Karel Koplimets

2023 Kateriin Rikken COMPLEX

Glass artist Kateriin Rikken presents a new series of drinking glasses and decanters “Complex” in the Okapi Gallery as part of the Tallinn Design Festival.

The idea, which has matured over time, contains contradictions – partly driven by the purely practical need to keep one’s hand warm, on the other by the desire to offer an alternative, individuality and the courage to be different in its own way.
All glasses are blown by the artist in Estonia.

Printed on the glass are hingvistics by Keiti Vilms, kuu.elina and Aleksandra A. T.


Sigrid Luitsalu’s solo exhibition Inner Patterns of Repetition opened in HOP gallery 24.08. – 19.09.2023

Repetition is intricate. It is sameness and difference, a play of simple and complex repetitions, which is masked and unmasked, static and dynamic – concealing the meaning and yet bringing it to light. The play of repetitions and differences becomes like a maze – a tender balance of clarity and confusion, in which it becomes easy to get entangled in. The repetitions inside and outside of us can feel automatic, stereotypical, yet we can find in them endless differences, variants and conversions – beauty. Sometimes, the differences are so subtle, making the repetition feel endless and same. Layer by layer repetition becomes a force with an unpredictable effect. Perhaps, what is repeating, is difference itself?

Sigrid Luitsalu (b.1988) is a glass artist and creativity coach, in 2016 she completed her BA studies at the Department of Glass Art of the Estonian Academy of Arts. Her art is influenced by her previous academic interests and pursuits in both Philosophy and Asian Studies. As an artist she is interested in the patterns of nature and of oneself, drawing inspiration from the continual transformation and growth of nature’s living forms and of our inner world.

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

2023 GENIUS LOCI IV at Reigi Parsonage

GENIUS LOCI IV: „Life. 1628. 1928. 2023”
Reigi Parsonage, Hiiumaa, 2.07 – 20.08. 2023

Pilvi Ojamaa, Mare Saare, Peeter Rudaš, Rait Prääts, Kersti Vaks, Eve Koha, Kai Koppel, Kai Kiudsoo-Värv, Tiina Sarapu, Eeva Käsper, Merle Kannus, Maret Sarapu, Malle Hallimäe-Karik, Piret Ellamaa, Liisi Junolainen, Eili Soon, Kairi Orgusaar, Kati Kerstna, Sofi Arshas, Kalli Sein, Kaire￾Leen Varik, Birgit Pählapuu, Anne-Liis Leht, Maarja Mäemets, Andra Jõgis, Sigrid Luitsalu, Anna-Maria Vaino, Kristiina Oppi, Marilin Laas, Tiia Põldmets.
Torsten Rötzsch (Saksamaa), Jennie Jessen (Gotland, Rootsi),
Michelle Ryan (Iirimaa), Julija Pociute (Leedu)

Curators: Maret Kukkur, Kalli Sein
Design: Pille Jänes, Maret Kukkur, Valev Sein.
Lighting: Airi Eras, Helikast OÜ (Taavo Taelma)
Graphic design:  Edward Johansson, Ahvaland
Organization: HIKU, Hiiumaa Creative Union.

Maret Kukkur – 5330 3209, kukkur [at] planet [dot] ee
Kalli Sein – 5032246, kalli [at] ideeklaas [dot] ee

Photo by Mati Hiis.

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