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The Kondas Centre is open daily 11.00 to 18.00 from 2nd of May to 1st of September 2017.

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The Finnish painter Maaria Märkälä´s exhibition “Hello Sunshine – Antidote to Melancholy” is open from 8th of May to 2nd of July 2017.

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The Kondas Centre established the Book Club. The first gathering will take place on May 11 (at 17). The first book we are discussing about is Karl Ove Knausgaard´s “My Struggle”.

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Saturday Noon Talks (at 12.00) about R. Paul Firnhaber  Findings”” Exhibit

24 September 2016 – “Findings/Collecting” 

1 October 2016 – “Little Things”

8 October 2016 – “Icons” 

15 October 2016 – “Faces” 

22 October 2016 – “Dance of Death” 

29 October 2016 – “Daumier on Culture”

5 November 2016 – “Textiles” 

12 November 2016 – “Favorites”

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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.

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of teaching theatre technical arts in Tartu University Viljandi Cultural Academy. The jubilee year began at Kondas Centre with an exhibition by the alumni and now continues with an all-embracing installation initiated by current students. (R)evolution will open on the 9th of March at 5 p.m and will run until the 17th of April.

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Dear friends, this Saturday (29 August) at 1 p.m we will screen a breath-taking documentary film about the Finnish rune song tradition. The film portraits Jussi Huovinen and Hanneriina Moisseinen whose outstanding graphic novel exhibition we are exhibiting at Kondas right now. Brief introduction:

Before there was a written language there were songs.

The wisdom of past generations was memorized, repeated and passed on through song. Knowledge was embodied in the shape of a song. Jussi Huovinen, 89, is the last inhabitant of his home village Hietajärvi. He is the last living person in Finland to have learned the ancient rune songs via oral tradition, from his mother and father. Hanneriina Moisseinen, 35, is a visual artist and a cartoonist who wants to learn his songs and to understand their hidden wisdom.

The film follows Hanneriina and Jussi for two and a half years. Songs bring people together across time and space. Songs are the source of comfort and strength when pain is almost unbearable, and they are a vehicle for sharing joy and happiness.

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Thank you Tuffi films for letting us screen the film!

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Kondas Centre is happy to invite you to the opening of Finnish artist Hanneriina Moisseinen’s (b 1978) exhibition The Village that Ceased to Exist on Sunday the 19th of July at 2 p.m.

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Attention, attention! We are looking for participatory art-seeking audience! Danish artist Lars Winther is right now exhibiting a painting in our museum which depicts a tennis game in Wimbledon between Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki. Come to the exhibition and count how many spectators there are – all of those who leave their correct answer to us will take part of a lottery in which the winner takes home an original painting by Lars WInther! Yummy!

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From the 28th of May until the 5th of June Viljandi hosts yet another sculpture symposium. Artists Aili Vahtrapuu, Ilme Kuld, Riho Kuld, Edvins Kruminš, Seakyla Simson and Richard Denny will create wooden sculptures which will be exhibited down by the lake from the 5th of June.

On Friday at 5 p.m Aili Vahtrapuu will give an open lecture on three dimensional art at Kondas Centre. Later Riho and Ilme Kuld will talk about the different symposia they have taken part of.

(Photo: Zither by Edith Karlson, Jass Kaselaan and Art Allmägi in the centre of Viljandi)

 

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Kondas Centre of Naive and Outsider Art is honoured to invite you to the opening of one of the most important exhibitions to take place at our museum this year – Mayenne in Art. Crossed Destinies this Friday, the 15th of May at 5 p.m. Curator Jean-Louis Cerisier from the association  Création Naïve et Singulière has selected more than 50 works by naïve and marginal artists from the French region of Mayenne. Besides Mr Cerisier, the French ambassador in Estonia, Mr Michel Raineri, the initiator of the exhibition, will host the vernissage. A comprehensive catalogue of the exhibition will be presented during the opening.

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You are invited to the opening of a quilts exhibition by Viljandi county pupils – Wednesday the 4th of May at 5 p.m!

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Dear friends of Kondas Centre, you are cordially invited to the opening of Tiina Kaljuste’s and Jüri Mildeberg’s solo exhibitions at Kondas Centre on Wednesday the 29th of April at 6 p.m. You may want to come an hour earlier, as at 5 p.m Kalev Rajangu will give a public lecture on the topic of “Failure of Dance” (in Estonian). 

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Kersti Rattus’s popular solo exhibition will be closed after tomorrow’s St Valentine’s Day (14.2.15). This is your last chance!

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You are cordially invited to the opening of Taavi Sein’s exhibition on Wednesday the 8th of October at 4 p.m.

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Kondas Centre is happy to announce the opening of Madis Luik’s solo exhibition this Friday, the 12th of September at 5 p.m. You are cordially invited to join us for the opening! Further information about the exhibition coming soon.

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Kondas Centre of Naive and Outsider Art is happy to announce the opening of Australian artist’s Richard Denny’s exhibition “Law of Jante” on Wednesday the 10th of September at 4 p.m. You are welcome to join us for the opening. Further information in English below. 

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Kondas Centre of Naive and Outsider Art welcomes the visitors of Viljandi Folk Music Centre with two new exhibitions, Pärnu FIlm Festival side programme and late opening hours. 

In the beginning of the week we opened the exhibition Minute Still Lives from the Archives of Valgus which shows original illustrations made for the encyclopaedias during the Soviet era. Due to the fact that the quality of colour photography was poor, encyclopaedias and popular science books were illustrated with the help of artists. Some of the artists who worked for Valgus were Dagmar-Viive Paalamäe, Väino Tõnisson, Lüüdia Vallimäe-Mark. The most productive of them was Heldur Viires, whose sophisticated drawings give evidence of an exquisite artistic technique. The exhibition will close in the end of August.
On the 25th of July we are going to open Edmunds Jansons’ exhibition Little Bird’s Diary. Jansons’ is a Latvian film director, cameraman and graphic designer whose video work Little Bird’s Diary won the grand prix of Tallinn XV Print Triennial. It is an animated documentary based on Irina Pilke’s (1925–2011) drawings from her diaries which she kept during the Soviet era. Pilke, who didn’t have any artistic training, depicted herself as a little bird who comments on daily aspects of Soviet life. Her observations of everyday life in her drawings are vital, slightly ironical and incredible reflections of the time period. The exhibition will close in the end of August.
In addition we will be screening films from the Pärnu Film Festival programme: fresh documentaries from Eastern-Europe, France, Switzerland and Belgium. Every day at 4 p.m and 6 p.m. List of films available at www.kondas.ee

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During the Folk music festival (24.7-27.7) we are open longer than usually: until midnight on Friday and Saturday and until eight-ish on Thursday and Sunday.  

 

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We’re happy to invite you to take part of Artjom Astrov’s and Kris Lemsalu’s performance on the 28th of June at 6 p.m.

“Nice and little daily habits turning into a cosmos. At one point you realize that you can’t stop it. You leave your brain behind and enjoy the liberating mess.” (Artjom Astrov)

Artjom Astrov is a freelance musician. He is currently working on a broad musical field raging from darkhop to free improvisation. Dark, yet smooth aesthetics of noise – this is where he sets off for his musical journeys.

Kris Lemsalu is a sculptor and performance artist. In her works she creates irrational fantasy worlds which are always in flux.

Free of charge.

 

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This weekend the annual Hansaetic Days will take place in Viljandi. On this occasion the garden of Kondas Centre will become the traditional “Art Garden” where various art-filled events will take place: workshops, performances, art sales, porch café etc. In addition to the Art Garden’s events Kondas Centre itself will open four new exhibitions during these days. (Further information in English below)´

On Friday the 6th of June at 5 p.m we will open the solo exhibition “A Mosaic of Watercolours” by Marina Masso (b 1961) who is based in St Petersburg. Masso, whose mother was born in Viljandimaa, has studied painting, graphic arts and ceramics in various art schools in St Petersburg. From 2004 she is a member of her home town’s Association of Watercolour Painters. Her main subjects are neat flower compositions and soft townscapes. The exhibition will be open until the 5th of July.

On Saturday the 7th of June at 1 p.m we will open John Digby’s solo exhibition “Natural Histories: Archival Collages by John Digby”. The exhibition will give an insight to the American artist’s original technique and an overview of his best works from the last two decades. All of his ultimate sources are the black and white wood engravings of illustrators whose art was eclipsed by the advent to photography. The originals belong to a picturesque world that has been overrun by modernity. Digby’s work both preserves and modernizes that world. His method of composition includes electro-carbon transfer of the old images onto archival, acid-free papers. Using co-polymer adhesives, permanent inks and bookbinders’ tools, he transforms the originals into materials that are entirely his own. John and her wife Joan will lead a workshop on Friday at 2 p.m. You are most welcome to join us! Digbys’ travel to Viljandi was made possible by the Estonian Cultural Endowment and the Embassy of the United States.

On Saturday at 3 p.m we will also open the solo show “Cuts for a View” by Maria-Kristiina Ulas (b 1965). Ulas is a well-known Estonian artist who has been active since the beginnings of 1990s. She has exhibited both painting, graphic and silhouette art. This time Ulas will exhibit her latest lazer and paper cuts.

On Sunday at noon we will open Jaan Rõõmus’ solo exhibition “Exhibition No. 2”. Rõõmus (1990) is a young artist who is currently studying graphic design at the Estonian Academy of Arts. He will exhibit his ink drawings, most of which depict classy urban space as it used to be – and perhaps should be. We thank the Estonian Histroy Museum for providing us neat light boxes.

 

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ABC of Avant-garde. Estonian Art of the 1960s and 1970s from the Collection of Margus Punab
Curator Gregor Taul
19th April – 4th June 2014
Kondas Centre of Naive and Outsider Art
Pikk 8, Viljandi
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 10 a.m to 5 p.m (April), Monday to Sunday 10 a.m to 5 p.m (May-August)
Vernissage: April 19th at 2 p.m

Dear old and new friends of Kondas Centre, we are happy to invite you to the opening of ABC of Avant-garde. Estonian Art of the 1960s and 1970s from the Collection of Margus Punabthis Saturday at 2 p.m. ABC of Avant-garde is one of the most important exhibitions to take place at Kondas Centre this year. The show which will cover all of the museum’s first floor exhibition halls will boast with more than 60 works from the classics of Estonian art from the Soviet era. Among other artists those belonging to the groups ANK’64, Visarid and SOUP’69 will be exhibited.

The end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s is widely considered to be the most interesting era in (Estonian) post-war culture. Within a very short period of time, artists made full use of the various pre-war Modern art movements (Abstractionism, Surrealism), while catching up with the turbulent changes in art and culture behind the Iron Curtain (Pop Art).

At the same time the relations between different styles, guiding lights (from both sides of the Iron Curtain), political contexts (official vs unofficial art) were never really straight. Hence – regarding the multiplex nature of the era – it is clever to avoid using concrete stereotypes while speaking about these times. For example the term Avant-garde is perhaps one which has been used bit too easily in this case.

This is  the reason why our exhibition bears the ambigious title ABC of Avant-garde. From one side this refers to the situation where contemporary viewers and art historians still have to write (and learn to read!) the various ABC’s of Soviet era Avant-garde art. From the other side it exemplifies the adolescent nature of the late 1960s Estonian art. More to that – the exhibition will especially focus on the artist’s very early works which – to be honest – make us think about various aspects of Naïve art rather than Avant-garde.

Artists: Jüri Arrak, Ülevi Eljand, Valve Janov-Moss, Kristiina Kaasik, Jüri Kask, Tõnis Laanemaa, Leonhard Lapin, Malle Leis, Lembit Lepp, Peeter Lukats, Volodymyr Makar, Ilmar Malin, Olav Maran, Valdur Ohakas, Jaak Olep, Tiiu Pallo-Vaik, Jüri Palm, Enn Põldroos, Kaljo Põllu,  Sirje (Lapin) Runge, Lembit Sarapuu, Rein Tammik, Enn Tegova, Andres Tolts, Albert Trapeež, Peeter Urbla, Helle Vahersalu, Mare Vint, Toomas Vint, Tõnis Vint.

Throughtout the exhibition there will be a lecture every Saturday at 2 p.m introducing the art life of the 1960s and 1970s. A catalogue Avangardi aabits (ABC of Avant-garde) will be published in May.

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Every Saturday at 1 p.m curator Gregor Taul introduces each of the temporary exhibitions to the public. In English if needed.

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Three new exhibitions opening in the beginning of March: Mella, Tõnu Tuudelepp and children from the local creativity school. You’re most welcome!

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On Friday 23rd September, at 16 we are opening the anniversary exhibition by graphic artist TÕNU KUKK

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On 6th October at 18 we are opening the exhibition of watercolor paintings by Christian-Ivar Hammerbeck “Põhjamaine”

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Archived News

Exhibitions in Kondas Centre: paintings on the glass by Serbian naive artist Mile Davidovic, textiles by Christi Kütt “Põllerahvas”,
photos by Mats Õun, copper gravures by John Kay and paintings by Romanian naive artist Mihai Dascalu.

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Open Exhibitions:

Exhibition “Päkapikud ja varspiste” folklore textiles.

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31.03.2010 was 110 year birthday of Paul Kondas.

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Pihkva “Autorikeraamika töökoja” traditional ceramics.
Coming soon: Peeter Laurits photos “Trickster´s Office”; Paintings by Svetlana Družkova; Wooden gravures by famous Brazil folk artist Jose Borgese.