Kai Kaljo

Born in Tallinn in 1959

Education

1966–1977 Tallinn Secondary Music School, music theory
1983–1990 Estonian Academy of Arts, painting

Teaching

1990–…  Estonian Academy of Arts, teacher of painting
2006–…  Tallinn University, Faculty of Fine Arts, professor extraordinarius

Solo exhibitions

1995 Written on the Sand, Tallinn Art Hall gallery, Tallinn
1997 Painter’s Room, Sammas Gallery, Tallinn
1999 Kai Kaljo, Likovni Salon, Celje, Slovenia; Cinema?, Town Gallery, Tallinn
2001 What do you Read, my Lord? (with Ly Lestberg), Nuova Icona gallery, Venice; Videos by Kai Kaljo, SCCA Gallery, Bratislava; Heavenly, Tallinn Art Hall gallery, Tallinn
2003 Halfway to Venice, HDLU Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia; Greetings from La Jolla, Knollgalerie, Vienna; A Loser, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
2005 Double Act (with Jan Svenungsson), Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn
2005 Kai Kaljo, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn
2006 Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
2007 Galerii OTOK, Dubrovnik
2009 Estonians Only, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn
2009 Sarajevska Zima, Sarajevo
2011 Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn

Selected group exhibitions

1994 Unexistent Art, 2nd annual exhibition of Soros Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn
1994–1995 SHOP, City Gallery, Tallinn, Tallinn (Dionysia festival, Tartu)
1995 Biotopia, 3rd annual exhibition of Soros Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn
1997 Funny versus Bizarre, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Interstanding, 5th annual exhibition of Soros Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Tallinn
1997, 1998, 2000 VideoMedeja, Novi Sad
1998 Rauma Biennale Balticum, Rauma; Where Are You From?, Łaźnia, Gdansk
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam
1999 WRO Media Biennale, Wroclaw; VideoLisboa, Lissabon; Interstanding 2, 6th annual exhibition of Soros Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Tallinn; CO 4 videoworkshop, Ljudmila Media Centre, Ljubljana
1999–2000 After the Wall, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (Ludwigmuseum Budapest, Budapest; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin)
2000 Man Muss Ganz Schön Viel lernen um hier zu Funktionieren, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Small Role Plays, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu
2000, 2001, 2002 Oneminute, Sandbergs Institute, Amsterdam
2000 Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Oberhausen; God and Artist, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn; Dreamcatcher Videofestival, Kiev; Video N.E.W.S, Gotland; Videopositive, Liverpool
2000, 2001, 2002 Communication. An Artist who doesn’t speak English is no Artist, Aschersleben Kunstverein, Aschersleben, Saksamaa (Knollgalerie Budapest, Budapest; Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn)
2000 Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival, New York; Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival, Pusan; Co.Operation, Dubrovnik; Central Station, Milch, London; Chinese Whispers, ApexArt CP, New York
2001 Perfect Match, Skopje City shopping mall, Skopje; Estonian Energies, Exnergasse Kunsthalle, Vienna; Videonale 9, Bonn; Black Cube 6, Cinema Balie, Amsterdam
2001, 2002 Different / Diverse, Teatro della Fondamente Nuovi, Veneetsia (Grunt, Western Front, Vancouver)
2001 WRO 01 Media Biennale, Wroclaw; Night of a Hundred Eyes, Transit Space, London; Art–Mistake, Error 1, Adlershof Centre for Art and Media, Berlin; The Project, Cheltenham  Festival for Film and Video, Cheltenham; Instant Video, Manosque; Videoarchaeology, Sofia
2001–2002 Zagreb Salon, Zagreb; Baltic Times, Zagreb (Ljubljana; Innsbruck)
2002 Oh, it’s a Curator! Rotor Association for Contemporary Art, Graz
2002 Transvisit, Masnedo kindlus, Masnedo; Breath, Ludvigsmusem Budapest, Budapest; Closing the Distance, Łaźnia Contemporary Art Centre, Gdansk; Dependenceindependence, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn
2003 Defenseless and Bad, L–gallery, Moscow; Images Festival, Toronto; 21 Minutes. Art Moscow, 7th International Art Fair, Central House of Artists, Moscow; Aquarium II, Baroti Gallery, Klaipeda; Keksi, Lahti Artists Association; Sound Systems, Salzburger Kunstverein; The Spaces in Between, FACT, Liverpool; Biennale of Moving Images, Genf; 20 Years of the World Wide Video Festival, Screenings at VideoLisboa, Lissabon (Centre d’Art Contemporain de Basse–Normandie, Basse–Normandie); Womanifesto 2003, Procreation / Postcreation, Pridi Banomyong Institute, Bangkok
2003, 2004, 2005 Paris–Berlin International Meetings, Paris; Berlin
2004, 2005 New Video, New Europe, The Renaissance Society, Chicago (The Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis; TATE Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam); On Air, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; Fantastic Realism, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn; Festival International de Films de Femmes, Creteil; Welcome, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; Breakthrough, Grote Kerk Den Haag, Haag; Viinistu 2004, Viinistu; Do the Wrong Thing, The Centre of Art Tapes, Halifax; EU Positive, Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Sometime, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; Blick 04, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Flipside, Artists’ Space, New York; La massa delle idee, Firenze; Instant Europe, Villa Manin, Passariano-Codroipo
2005 Women’s Dialogue, Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan; 26th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana; Art Basel, Basel; prog:ME, Festival of Electronic Media, Rio de Janeiro; The New (In-)Security?, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Brief Encounters International Short Film Festival, Bristol; Missed Opportunities, Brandenburgischen Kunstverein, Potsdam; Living Sculptures, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn; Video Lounge, Art Basel, Miami Beach
2006 New Video, New Europe, The Kitchen, New York; 1:1, PM gallery, Zagreb; Slottet, Gävle; PixelDance II, Thessaloniki; Mit Allem Rechnen, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund; D-NEFF 2006, Vitoria-Gasteiz; Body and Soul, FRAC Provence–Alpes–Côte d’Azur, Marseille; Improvisation, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn; Collected Crises, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn; Frieze, London
2006–2007 Sexy Mythos, NGBK, Berlin (Forum Stadtpark, Graz; Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig; Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck)
2007 Normal Love, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam
2009 Gender Check, MUMOK, Vienna
2010 On the Eastern Front. Video art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009, Ludwig Museum, Budapest

Organizations

1992 Estonian Artists’ Association
1992 Estonian Painters’ Association

Awards

1994 Soros Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia, exhibition award (Unexistent Art)
1997 Soros Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia, exhibition award (Interstanding 2)
1997 Videomedeja prize
2000 Annual award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2006 Kristjan Raud Art Award

Works in collections

Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Tartu Art Museum, Tartu; Sprengel Museum, Hannover; private collections (London, Barcelona)

Personal catalogue

Kai Kaljo. Tallinn: Tallinn Art Hall Foundation, 2006

Catalogues

Olematu kunst / Unexistent Art. 2nd annual exhibition of Soros Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Tallinn: Soros Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia, 1994
Biotopia. 3rd annual exhibition of Soros Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Tallinn: Soros Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia, 1996
FUNNY versus BIZARRE. Nordic and Baltic exhibition. Vilnius: Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, 1997
16th World Wide Video Festival. Stichting World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, 1998
Rauma Biennale Balticum 1998. Where are you from? Rauman Taidemuseo, Rauma, 1998
Interstanding 2. 5th annual exhibition of Soros Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Tallinn: Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia, 1999
After the Wall. Art and Culture in Post–Communist Europe. Stockholm: Moderna Museet, 1999
17th World Wide Video Festival. Stichting World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, 1999
W.R.O 99 media art biennale. Sila tašny / The power of tape. Open Studio / Fundacja WRO, Wroclaw, 1999
18th World Wide Video Festival. Stichting World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, 2000
Central Station. Milch, London, 2000
19th World Wide Video Festival. Stichting World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, 2001
Videonale 9. Leppelt, Bonn, 2001
WRO 01 Ekrany / Screens. Open Studio / Fundacja WRO, Wroclaw, 2001
The Baltic Times. Suvremena umjetnost Estonije, Latvije i Litve / Contemporary Art from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2001
Magazin 8. Jahresbericht 2003. Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, 2003
21 minutes. Estonia. Art Moscow – 6th International Art Fair. Tallinn: Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia, 2003
World Wide Catalogue (20. World Wide Video Festival catalogue on a CD). Stichting World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, 2004
Breakthrough. Perspectives on Art from the 10 new EU member states. Haag: Stichting Grote Kerk Den Haag, 2004
EU Positive. Kunst aus dem neuen Europa. Akademie der Künste, Berliin, 2004
Instant Europe. Fotografia e video dalla nuova Europa / Photography and video from the new Europe. Passariano-Udine: Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, 2004
Sunek / Thrust. 26th Biennial of Graphic Arts Ljubljana. International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, 2005
Sexy Mythos. Selbst- und Fremdbildern von KünstlerInnen / Ideas and Images of Artists. Berliin: NGBK Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, 2006
Mit Allem Rechnen / Face the Unexpected. Medienkunst aus Estland, Lettland und Litauen. Dortmund: Revolver, 2006

Magazines

Neues Glas / New Glass nr 2, 1993 (photo)
Nilsson, John Peter. After The Wall. – NU: The Nordic Art Review, 1999, no. 3
Treier, H. Vabaks saanud [interview]. – Anne, 1999, nr. 1
Kivimaa, K. Kunstnik videokaameraga. – Vikerkaar, 2001, nr. 1
Kaljo, K. Viiendat korda samal festivalil. – kunst.ee, 2003, nr. 2
Laaniste, M. See oleks küll jube, kui tänaval ära tuntaks! [interview] – kunst.ee, 2004, nr. 1
Kivimaa, K. See oli siin: Kai Kaljo videod 2000–2003. – kunst.ee, 2004, nr. 1
Soans, H. Kollaaž ja kontekst. Robert Rumase liiklusmärgid Tallinnas. – kunst.ee, 2004, nr. 1
Herbert, M. Kai Kaljo. – Time Out London , 3. XI 2006

Newspapers

Hain, J. Põlvkondade kontrastid ja side. – Eesti Päevaleht, 6. IX 1996
Hellerma, K. Reklaamide vahele peidetud Luuser (interview). – Postimees, 17. X 1997
Juske, A. Me tuleme Rauma biennaalilt. – Eesti Päevaleht, 18. VIII 1998
Kaljo, K. Videoinstallatsiooni aeg pole ümber. – Sirp, 22. X 1999
Kai Kaljo kino Linnagaleriis (news). – Sirp, 5. XI 1999
Juske, A. Kino pole video ja kodukaamera ei tee alati kunsti. – Eesti Päevaleht, 15. XI  1999
Kaljo, K. Mõjunud raamatuid. – Sirp, 3. XI 2000
Kivimaa, K. Endiselt kadedusega eks–Jugoslaavia poole. –  Sirp, 17. XI 2000
Kunstihoones näeb kolmest maalist ja videotest koosnevat näitust (news). – Postimees, 14. XII 2001
Varblane, R. (Naiste) asi – pildid ja sõnad. – Sirp, 21. XII 2001
Kivimaa, K. Kunstnik videokaameraga. – Eesti Ekspress, 29. VII 2004
Laaniste, M. Idaeuroopa kunstist euroopa kunstiks. – Sirp, 5. IX 2004
Veispak, T. Kalevipoja asemele korsten. – Postimees, 22. XI  2005
Randviir, A. Mis on elus kõige tähtsam, küsib Kai Kaljo. – Eesti Päevaleht, 5. XII 2005
Liivrand, H. Ei midagi üleliigset. / Vastab Kai Kaljo (interview). – Eesti Ekspress, Areen, 14. XII  2005
Veispak, T. Kai Kaljo näitab videotes oma elu. – Postimees, 20. XII 2005
Laaniste, M. Hämmastavad vaatepildid. – Sirp, 23. XII 2005
Kübarsepp, R. Repliik. – Sirp, 23. XII 2005
Smith, R. ‘New Video, New Europe’ exhibition at the Kitchen. – New York Times, 6. VI 2006