Presentation of the Estonian Pavilion show by Kris Lemsalu

Kris Lemsalu and Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia invite press and everyone else to the presentation of the Estonian Pavilion at the 58th Venice biennale on 15th of April at 11 at ARS project space (ARS creative city, Pärnu mnt 154).

The project will be presented by commissioner Maria Arusoo.

A decadent breakfast with Bekker cakes and sparkling wine will be served.

The inauguration of the Estonian Pavilion at the 58th Venice biennale will be on 10th of May at 17 with Kris Lemsalu’s solo show “Birth V – Hi and bye”. The exhibition opening will be accompanied by a performance by Kris Lemsalu, Roman Lemberg, Michael Kleine, Kyp Malone, Michiko Takahashi, Carola Caggiano.

Kris Lemsalu was born in 1985 in Tallinn, Estonia, and lives and works between Vienna and Tallinn. She creates mixed-media sculptures, installations and performances with unexpected materials. Lemsalu’s pieces evoke the bestial side of human beings and civilizations and are often underscored by feminist themes. Lemsalu has shown at Goldsmiths' CCA (2018), Secession Vienna (2018), as part of Performa 17 (2017), DRAF performance night (2017), Bunshitu Gallery, Tokyo (2015), Ferdinand Bauman Gallery, Prague (2015) and is represented by Koppe Astner, Glasgow and Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn.

Among the writers, artists, curators and friends Lemsalu invited collaborate with her on the exhibition include Andrew Berardini (1982, based in Los Angeles) a writer of quasi-essayistic prose poems about permeability between fiction and reality; Sarah Lucas (1962, based in London)—artist, friend and a mentor of Kris Lemsalu; Irene Campolmi (1987, based in Copenhagen) whose curatorial research focuses on various performative endeavours that think through postcolonial, queer and feminist theories, and Tamara Luuk (1952, based in Tallinn) who has been Kris´ friend and collaborator for a long time, currently working as the contemporary art curator at Tallinn Art Hall.

The Venice biennale is the oldest and biggest international art even. Estonia has participated with national pavilion since 1997. The 58th International Art Exhibition will happen from 11.05 – 24.11.2019, the curator of the exhibition is Ralph Rugoff, director of Hayward gallery in London.

The Estonian Pavilion is commissioned and organized by Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia and supported by Estonian Ministry of Culture.

Commissioner: Maria Arusoo (CCA)
Communication manager: Kaarin Kivirähk (CCA,
Production managers: Evelyn Raudsepp, Sten Ojavee (CCA)
Production assistant: Aleksandra Kiskonen
Designer: Aadam Kaarma
Head of installation team: Tõnu Narro
Partners: Eesti Kultuurkapital, COBALT Advokaadibüroo, DSV transport, Outset Estonia, Silber Auto, Eesti Kunstnike Liit, Elusia, Bekker, Leffe, Temnikova ja Kasela galerii, Koppe Astner galerii

Solo show by Kris Lemsalu „Birth V – Hi and bye“ at the Estonian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – la biennale di Venezia
Location: The Estonian Pavilion, c/o Legno&Legno, Giudecca 211, 30133 Venezia
Open: 11.05.2019 – 24.11.2019 (press and professional preview 8. – 10.05)

Photo by Edith Karlson