The Loop miniature art centre at Kumu

Art Museum of Estonia
Kumu Art Museum

Press release no. 27
1 March 2013

The Loop miniature art space can be viewed in the foyer of the Kumu Art Museum, where Lost & Found, an exhibition of works by the French artist Tristan le Brazi is currently on view. Loop is an old doll-house that was found on the street and is being reused as an art space. It often travels with its exhibition as hand baggage or by parcel post, making mobility and participation possible in exhibitions in various countries. The exhibition and meeting with the curator are free!

On Friday, 1 March at 4 p.m., Indrek Grigor, the gallerist and art historian who curated the exhibition, Eva Labotkin, the artists exhibited in Loop, and the artist Laura Kuusk, the Loop curator, will meet with the public in the auditorium of the Kumu Education Centre.

The two-story Loop, which opens like a suitcase, has accommodated 14 exhibitions during the two years of its activity, including both group and solo shows involving 40 Estonian, Czech and Russian artists or curators.

The current exhibition features the photographic works of Tristan Le Brazi, which deal with the concepts of found objects, pictorial mistakes, technical noise and errors. “In his photographic studies, Le Braz searches for forms that resemble sculptures, installations, paintings in their natural states and, for example, monuments that await the arrival of meaning,” said the Loop creator and curator Laura Kuusk. The 685 square centimetres of Loop are used to exhibit found slides and videos, which are comprised of pieces of many films, where a black circle –”cigarette burn” – appears in the corner of the frame, indicating that the roll of film needs to be changed soon. The exhibition also includes a collection of discs punched out of found photos and various artificial found objects, which are displayed as an installation adapted to the Loop space.

The largest group exhibited in Loop was comprised of 16 students from the fine arts department of the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2010. Their exhibition travelled to several Estonian cities and to France. The most travelled Loop exhibition to date was Emergency (curator Camille Laurelli), which was exhibited in Estonia, France and Finland in various apartments, artist studios, in the MÄRZ project space, at Kiasma, on a Tallinn-Helsinki passenger ship, at the Estonian Academy of Art, etc. One-day exhibitions have also taken place, e.g. at Triin Tamm’s invitation as part of Stéphane Déplan’s exhibition Do It Itself, at the contemporary art festival in Grenoble in 2009. There have also been exhibitions that have lasted for months. For example, there was Duul (curator Indrek Grigor) in 2010, which along with its preparatory period lasted for six months. Another of the expositions travelled to three countries during one month, and moved from site to site every day, but there was also one that lasted for a week and moved around the public spaces of a city (in parks and cafés, and on the street). Each participant gets possession of Loop in the state it was left in after the last exhibition. It is up to the next artist to name Loop for the given exhibition – as an art centre, gallery, house, box or something else – because an expression of Loop’s mobility is the fact that it can be adapted to each new exhibition. The display sites are also based on the nature of the exhibition. In this way, the exhibition layers build on each other like a chain letter, like an endless conversation in which each subsequent sentence pushes the last.

Loop website: www.loooooooooop.blogspot.com.

The Loop miniature art centre will be on view at the Kumu Art Museum until 25 March 2013.

More information:
Kati Ilves
Project Coordinator
Kumu Art Museum
Tel.: +372 5697 9909
E-mail: kati.ilves@ekm.ee