Ascending from the Liquid Horizon

Art Museum of Estonia
Kumu Art Museum
Press release
12 October 2018

On October 20, the exhibition Ascending from the Liquid Horizon opens at le lieu unique in Nantes in collaboration with the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn. The exhibition is includes works by Sol Archer, Joey Holder, Katja Novitskova, Kristina Õllek, Norman Orro, Anni Puolakka and Jaakko Pallasvuo, Laura Põld, Nicholas Riis, Taavi Suisalu, Vello Vinn, Simon Wald-Lasowski, and Guan Xiao.

Ascending from the Liquid Horizon focuses on the possibilities and potentials once proposed by speculative narratives about the future, and reflects on the realm that is currently emerging from the intersection of science, corporate interests, and ecology. Vast developments in technology, advancing hand in hand with rapid climate change, predict a situation far more complex than the current one, defined by an environment where technology levels nature and notions of the biological, natural and terrestrial need to be revised.

Vello Vinn (1939, Estonia). 
Rockets. 1971. Etching. Art Museum of Estonia

Taking place in the hometown of Jules Verne, the exhibition looks closely at the once speculative narratives which have, by now, dissolved into tangible or daily practices. Adapted and appropriated by technocratic global enterprises, many of those visions have seen a rebirth in the rapidly developing labour and market conditions. The exhibited works address this transformative moment from a somewhat ambivalent angle, enabling us to map the core of this rising new realm.

The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated book of the same name co-published with Cura.Books, including essays by Patrick Gyger, Bas Hendrikx, Kati Ilves, and Jaak Tomberg, as well as a short story by Nat Muller, designed by Ott Metusala.

Ascending from the Liquid Horizon is a collaborative project between le lieu unique in Nantes and Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn. The exhibition is part of the international programme of festivities organised in honor of the centennial of the Republic of Estonia, consisting of more than one hundred events across the world. More information on the centennial programme can be found on the web page

The exhibition will be open from 21.10.2018 until 06.01.2019.

The exhibition curator is Kati Ilves.

The press album for the exhibition can be viewed here.

Additional information:
Kati Ilves
Kumu Art Museum
Tel +372 5697 9909

Liia Rebane, PhD
Communication Manager
Art Museum of Estonia
Tel +372 602 6026; +372 5681 6706