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Temnikova & Kasela

Noblessner, Kai Art Center building – Peetri 12, 10415, Tallinn, Estonia, +372 6405770, Tue–Sun, 1–6 pm or by appointment.


'Growing Out? Growing Up? Contemporary Art Collecting in the Baltics' at Zuzeum Art Centre in Riga

International exhibition 'Growing Out? Growing Up? Contemporary Art Collecting in the Baltics' will be on view at Zuzeum Art Centre in Riga starting from 4 June. The current exhibition, which is the first of three planned exhibitions in the Baltic capitals, was put together by Olga Temnikova, founder of Temnikova & Kasela gallery.

The exhibition will be on view until 20 November 2022.

Olga Chernysheva wins Prix Guerlain

Olga Chernysheva, 'Untitled', charcoal on paper, 2022. Photo: Anastasia Soboleva

Congratulations to Olga Chernysheva on winning the 15th Drawing Prize of Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation!

The Prix Guerlain was awarded to the artist in Paris at the Salon du Dessin.

Kris Lemsalu's public installation 'DOORA' now open to visitors

Photo: Joanna Pianka

Kris Lemsalu's first public installation 'DOORA', located by the Danube river in Melk, Austria is now open to visitors.

The sculpture emerged from an invited competition by KOERNOE (Public Art Lower Austria) and in cooperation with the municipality of Melk.

Temnikova & Kasela is proud to announce the representation of Katja Novitskova

Photo: Lutz Leitman

Now representing Katja Novitskova.

Katja Novitskova is an Estonian artist based in Amsterdam and Berlin. Her practice explores the ecologies surrounding image production on a level capable of affecting the planet and humanity. Novitskova's work features mainly images found online and and interrogates the positions and locations where the technological and the physical coincide. Blurring distinctions between media, she is interested in the interpretation and perception of visual material through digital collages, sculptures and installations. 

Her work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions including Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen (2021, solo); Belgrade Biennal (2021), Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich (2020); Sharjah Art Foundation (2020); Powerlong Museum, Shanghai (2019); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2019); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018, solo); Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn (2018, solo), Baltic Triennial, Vilnius (2018); the Estonian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017, solo); The Public Art Fund, New York (2017, solo), Cc Foundation & Art Centre, Shanghai (2017, solo); The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2017); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2017); K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai (2017). Other solo and group exhibitions include Kunstverein in Hamburg (2016, solo); the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2016); Museum Folkwang, Essen (Nam June Paik Award 2016); Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2016); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); 13e Biennale de Lyonn (2015/2016); Kunsthalle Lissabon (2015, solo); Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo (2014); Fridericianum, Kassel (2013) and the CCS Bard, New York (2012). 

Flo Kasearu at Kunsthalle Recklinghausen

Flo Kasearu, Accessible Mountains (2022) / Lifebelt Chair (2021), photo: Anna Kaarma

Flo Kasearu's solo exhibition "Flo's Retrospective" will open on 1 May (preview on 30 April) at Kunsthalle Recklinghausen in Germany.

The exhibition will be on view until 7 August 2022.

Art auction in support of Ukraine #1

Krista Mölder, From the series Glass Ceiling, pigment print, archival paper, framed, 96x120 cm, 2021

Art auction in support of Ukraine #1

Online & Kai Art Center

22 – 29 March 2022

On the morning of February 24, Ukrainians woke up to the sound of air sirens. The Europeans awoke to the first military offensive in the continent in decades. The event many presumed was impossible and unthinkable in twenty-first-century Europe reminded us about the fragility and preciousness of peace.

To support the people of Ukraine in this awful time, the emerging and established artists and three Estonian contemporary art galleries have come together with the initiative to do what they can to ease the suffering by supporting NGOs and charities helping Ukrainians. will host a timed auction of 29 artworks by 30 artists from Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Sweden, the US, the UK and Russia.

We invite you to bid through the webpage starting today, Tuesday March 22.

Bids will close on March 29 evening at the hybrid offline-online event in Kai Art Center, Tallinn. The event starts at 6 PM and your host that evening will be fabulous Elina Purde. All the auction proceeds will be directed to the charities that work hard to help those in dire need. 

If you would like to take part of offline (in situ) or online auction (via Zoom) do let us know by email by Sunday, 27 March 6 PM.

Participating artists: Tommy Cash, Sirja-Liisa Eelma, Vladimir Dubossarsky, Jaan Toomik, Kaido Ole, Jaanus Samma, Sigrid Viir, Krista Mölder, Nik Kosmas, Ilja Karilampi, Inga Meldere, Mikko Hintz, Merike Estna, Edith Karlson, Kris Lemsalu, Flo Kasearu, Dan Mitchell, Mari-Leen Kiipli, Laura Põld, Līga Spunde, Eike Eplik, Elīna Vītola and Ieva Kraule-Kūna, Alexei Gordin, Eva Mustonen, Kristi Kongi, Alar Tuul, Mirjam Hinn, Kiwa and Robin Nõgisto

Participating galleries: Temnikova & Kasela, Kogo, Art&Tonic

Buyers will be able to send funds directly to a charity of their choice:

MTÜ Ukraina kultuurikeskus

NGO Ukrainian Cultural Centre runs Ukrainian Greek Catholic church in Tallinn and has been actively helping people in Ukraine since 2014 in Donetsk and Lugansk. This is a very hands-on organisation currently assembling bullet-proof vests for specialists working in humanitarian corridors.

MTÜ Tallinna Vanalinn Rotary Klubi

NGO Tallinn Rotary Club is a hands-on initiative sending used ambulance cars from EU to Ukraine, along with portable energy generators and gas stoves.

CO International Charitable Foundation "Come Back Alive"

Direct donation to the Ukrainian armed forces

MTÜ Eesti Pagulasabi

NGO Estonian Refugee Aid wants to take very good care of refugees arriving to Estonia and this NGO is very much in need of your donation right now.

Sirius Charity Foundation

Sirius Charity Foundation is the biggest animal shelter in Ukraine situated in Kiyv region, now dealing with animals left behind. The organisation is in great need of food, gasoline, wood and medicaments.

6 Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine: Ukraine state crypto wallet

Thank you: participating artists, team and Suzana Vasilescu, Kai Art Center team, Elina Purde, Silvia Fantauzzi, Ukrainian Folk Ensemble "ZHURBA", Cirque du macaron

Edith Karlson receives the main prize on 2021 by Cultural Endowment of Estonia

Edith Karlson has received the main prize of 2021 by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (the Visual and Applied Art Endowment).


Kaarel Kurismaa at HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark in Graz, Austria

Kaarel Kurismaa, 'Ice Run', 2009, ready-made, glass, wood

Kaarel Kurismaa is part of the group exhibition 'Domestic Drama' at HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark in Graz, Austria.

The exhibition is opening today (11am–8pm) and will be on view until 20 February 2022.

Jaan Toomik's new serigraphic prints

Jaan Toomik, 'Father and Son', 2021, 30x42cm, serigraph, framed

Jaan Toomik has created serigraphic prints of one of his best known videos 'Father and Son' (1998). The work depicts the artist skating naked on the Baltic Sea, the voice of his son singing a choral in the background. This and many others of Toomik’s works are deeply personal, evoking the artist’s complexes, anxieties and relationships.

Olga Chernysheva at GES-2 in Moscow

Olga Chernysheva (center) talks to press during the opening of GES-2 contemporary arts centre. Image credit: AFP photos/Kuwait Times

Olga Chernysheva’s photographic series ‘To Moscow! To Moscow! To Moscow!’ is presented at eponymous enagural exhibition of GES-2 contemporary arts centre in Moscow, curated by Ragnar Kjartansson. Chernysheva’s new comissioned video work is also being premiered.

The exhibition is on view until 13 March 2022.

Two artist talks at Temnikova & Kasela gallery

Roberto Winter, 'Topological ideology', 2022, twisted, cut and soldered metal

On Saturday, 4 December, at 5 pm, two artist talks will be held at Temnikova & Kasela gallery.

Curator and art historian Denis Maksimov will be in conversation with the artist Jaanus Samma about the exhibition 'Otherness, Desire, the Vernacular: Carlos Motta and Jaanus Samma', which is on view at Temnikova & Kasela gallery until 9 January 2022.

The second conversation will feature Moscow-based artist Oleg Frolov, São Paulo-based artist Roberto Winter and art historian Denis Maksimov. The conversation focuses on the works and practices of two artists, which will take the form of an exhibition at Temnikova & Kasela gallery in the summer of 2022.

The conversations will be held in English.

Edith Karlson’s work from the previous 12 years will be published as a book

On 16 December at 6pm, a book on Edith Karlson's work of the previous 12 years will be launched at the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia.

The 320-page English language publication "Drama is in Your Head" is Karlson's first monograph. It provides an overview of 22 projects by Karlson accompanied by extensive photographic documentation, as well as two essays by Eero Epner and Denis Maksimov. The book is edited by Evelyn Raudsepp, designed by Indrek Sirkel, translated by Keiu Krikmann, and published by Lugemik and EKKM.

Edith Karlson's sculpture 'Good Old Times' unveiled in Noblessner

Unveiling of Edith Karlson's sculpture 'Good Old Times'. Photo: Roman-Sten Tõnissoo

Edith Karlson's sculpture "Vanad head ajad" ("Good Old Times") was unveiled on Noblessner square in Tallinn on 17 November.

"Vanad head ajad" is the largest aluminum sculpture placed in Baltic public space to date. It is also one of the few large-scale works of art to be created on private sector initiative after the restoration of independence in 1991.

Produced by Olga Temnikova, implemented by Tormis Disain, funded by BLRT Group & Merko Ehitus Eesti.

Edith Karlson and Jaan Toomik receive Artist laureate salary

Edith Karlson. Photo: Marii Kiisk/Müürileht

Estonian Artists Association has chosen Edith Karlson and Jaan Toomik as the recipients of Artist laureate salary during the years 2022-2024. 

Artist laureate salary is awarded to five outstanding artists, curators or art historians/critics every year by Estonian Ministry of Culture and the purpose of the salary is to allow professional dedication to creative activities and thereby contribute to the development of Estonian culture.

Tõnis Vint publication presentation at Temnikova & Kasela

Temnikova & Kasela is hosting a presentation of a new publication, a collection of articles by Tõnis Vint, published by ;paranoia publishing.

The presentation takes place on Saturday, 13 November at 4pm in the gallery as part of the exhibition "Guided Randomness. Early Ink Drawings by Tõnis Vint".

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