Indrek Grigor

Indrek Grigor is an art theorist graduated from semiotics in Tartu. Indrek is a gallery manager at Tartu Art House and lectures at Tartu Art College and Estonian Academy of Arts. He is part of the board of art criticism blog Artishok and cultural newspaper Müürileht as well as the editor in chief of the podcast Tartu möliseb. He is convinced modernist and structuralist.

The Truth Revealed about the National Pavilion

‘National Pavilion’, exhibition view, Mūkusala Art Salon, Riga 2018/19. Photo: Andrejs Strokins

A review of the Mūkusala Art Salon exhibition ‘National Pavilion’, 22.11.2018-19.01.2019 In November 2018, the Mūkusala Art Salon in Riga opened another of its rather frequent collection shows. The task is usually assigned to one of the ‘in-house’ curators, and

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A Curator’s Portrait. Latvia at the 58th Venice Biennale

Inga Lāce. Photo: Mārtiņš Purviņš, Delfi

Under the sunny skies of Los Angeles, Inga Lāce, co-curator of the Latvian pavilion exhibition at the forthcoming 2019 Venice Biennale, and Andrew Berardini, who is to be one of the team members of the Estonian pavilion, go round making

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How Portable is the Curators’ View?

Ieva Epnere, Green School, 2017. Photo: Margarita Ogoļceva, 2018, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

 The exhibition ‘Portable Landscapes’ (Latvian National Museum of Art, 27 April to 17 June, 2018) focused on a rather unexpected, or at least eclectic, selection of Latvian exile and émigré personalities, and placed their stories in the broader context of the current

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What is the NSRD?

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In 2015, the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA) ‘celebrated’ the year of Hardijs Lediņš. But it would seem that their celebrations are continuing. In the autumn of 2016, the LCCA released a sizably dense book entitled Workshop for the

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What’s In Your Fridge? A Reflection on Gili Tal’s Agonisers at Temnikova and Kasela Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

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Over the past two years Gili Tal has had three solo exhibitions in Germany and London as well as participated in group exhibitions in Berlin and New York. Her exhibition Agonisers at Temnikova & Kasela Gallery in Tallinn (July-August 2015)

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Köler Prize: Photo Finish


  On 29.05, the winner of Köler Prize 2015 — an art prize instituted by the Estonian Contemporary Art Museum in 2011 — was announced. The winner, without much surprise to anybody having at least some understanding of the local art world,

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Culinary criticism: “The Amber Era” and Eriks Apaļais’s “Twigs”


Riga exhibition scene recalls sweet nostalgia Indrek Grigor suggests a tea cake and ice cream “The Amber Era” 19. SEPTEMBER – 26. OCTOBER. 2014 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design: Great Hall If you think that a proper food to

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Contacts of Maarit Murka


Maarit Murka’s exhibition “Contact” in Tartu Art House consists of, to put it simply, black-and-white flags of NATO member countries, gray canvas stretched through the Big Gallery of Tartu Art House and a number of hanging pots from which different

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On some theoretical and practical problems surrounding the notion of sound art

John Grzinich, photograph by Goncalo Velho

Indrek Grigor interviews John Grzinich One of the final events of the year 2013, in the Estonian art scene was a major sound art exhibition “Out of Sync. Looking Back at the History of Sound Art“ in Kumu (Tallinn)1, curated

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Shadow of a Doubt. Interview with Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk

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I have recently had a chance to talk to Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk who curated an exhibition “Shadows of a Doubt” in Tallinn Art Hall. I have not seen the exhibition prior to our meeting, but thought that it was actually

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