Estonia Patrons Circle

Kris Lemsalu‘Glasstress Gotica’, 2015

Outset Estonia supported Kris Lemsalu’s artist book and participation at Glasstress 2015 Gotika in Venice, curated by Dimitri Ozerkov and Adriano Berengo.

Glasstress 2015 Gotika is a joint exhibition of the State Hermitage Museum and Berengo Studio exploring how the Gothic concept influences contemporary art and how medieval ideas and communication methods have imperceptibly crept into our modern conscience despite technological advances. The Gothic style, born in European visual art and architecture, was the first international style, the common language and modus vivendi of many nations for at least four centuries. Similarly, contemporary art has become the international style, the “Biblia pauperum,” understood today from Europe to America, from North Africa to Japan.

Glasstress 2015 Gotika combines historical works from the Hermitage collection and newly-commissioned artworks in glass from 55 international artists and artist groups.

KRIS LEMSALU (b. 1985, Tallinn) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. She studied at the Estonian Art Academy in Tallinn, Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Lemsalu has shown widely both in Estonia and abroad. Her recent solo exhibitions include Lord Got To Keep On Groovin’ at Temnikova & Kasela Gallery (Tallinn, 2013), Top Sinner at Pro Choice (Vienna, 2012), EVIAN DESERT at Tanja Wagner Gallery (Berlin, 2012) and Being Together (with Edith Karlson) at Temnikova & Kasela Gallery (Tallinn, 2012). Her works have been included in several group exhibitions including I’m A Painting curated by Merike Estna at KUMU Art Museum (Tallinn, 2014), is my territory curated by Monica Bonvicini at Christine König Galerie (Vienna, 2013), and Jeden Tag Gelatin at 21er Haus (Vienna, 2013).

Glasstress Gotika is a Collateral Event at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, on view from May 9 to November 22, 2015 at Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti.