Monday, January 16, 2023

Temnikova & Kasela gallery, presents Kaido Ole's solo exhibition MDF, metal, rubber & paint on Friday, 20 January, at 6 pm.

Kaido Ole, Composition with Melted Aluminium I, mixed technique on MDF board, 120×120 cm, 2022

Kaido Ole

MDF, metal, rubber & paint

21 January – 12 March 2023

opening 20 January, 6 pm


Temnikova & Kasela gallery is pleased to invite you to the opening of Kaido Ole's solo exhibition MDF, metal, rubber & paint on Friday, 20 January, at 6 pm. 


The exhibition consists of abstract works created by the artist during the last three years.


A certain pleasure taken from using different materials, or at least putting them to a test, was part of Ole's work also in the 90s. At the time, above all, this was evident in the choice of the base material of the painting; for example, in the use of large and small or white planks and small plywood or MDF. Now, some of the materials have found their way from the base to the foreground and are no longer merely materials but, having become almost main characters, demand another kind of attention. At the same time, other materials and identifiable objects are created using other means and are mediated virtually – these have been depicted. This seems to cancel out the abstract in Ole's work but only at first glance, because all depicted or positioned elements, identifiable or not, are in some sort of rivalry and it is precisely in this relationship that the abstract is expressed in these paintings. –Marten Esko


Kaido Ole (b. 1963) lives and works in Tallinn. He studied design and painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts (1982-1992) and has worked at the Academy as a drawing and painting teacher and as a professor in the painting department (2003-2010). He has been a freelance artist from 2010 onwards, having been featured at exhibitions since 1989. In 2003, he represented Estonia at the 50th Venice Biennale, appearing together with Marko Mäetamm under the alias John Smith.


A selection of recent solo and group exhibitions includes "Counting to Ten" at CSW Centre of Contemporary Art, Toruń (2022/2023); "A Sparrow in the Hand", with Benjamin Badock, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery (2020); a solo retrospective "Dance at the Lonely Hearts Club" in Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga (2019); “Related by Sister Languages. Estonian-Hungarian Contemporary Art Exhibition”, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2018); "Blind Date", Triumph Gallery, Moscow (2017); "Nogank Hoparniis", Tallinn Art Hall (2016); "The New Building", Tartu Art Museum; "The Meaning of Life", with Marko Mäetamm, FUGA, Budapest (2015); "Freaks", Tallinn Art Hall Gallery; "Typical Individuals", Tartu Art Museum; "100 Painters of Tomorrow", One Art Space, New York (2014); "...oh, and also...", Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn (2013); "Archaeology and the Future of Estonian Art Scenes", Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn; "2003-2011", Novy Museum, Saint Petersburg; "Handsome Hero and Plenty of Still Lifes", Kumu Art Museum; "Collection of Desires. Privatized Art", Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn (2012).


Current exhibitions


Edith Karlson, Jaanus Samma

Still Lifes on National Motifs

Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn

until 22 January


Edith KarlsonMerike Estna

Is There Hope for Lovely Creatures?

Tallinn Art Hall’s Lasnamäe Pavilion

until 5 February


Inga Meldere

Archaeologists of Memory: Vitols Contemporary Art Collection

Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn

until 9 April

Jaanus SammaKris Lemsalu
And I Trust You
Salon Dahlmann, Berlin
until 25 March

Jaanus Samma

The Latvian Collection
Malmö Art Museum, Sweden
until 16 April


Kaido Ole

Counting to Ten

CSW – Centre of Contemporary Art 'Znaki Czasu', Toruń, Poland

until 5 February


Katja Novitskova

Museum Ludwig, Cologne - History of a Collection with Civic Commitments

MoMAK – The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

until 22 January


Katja Novitskova

Where Shall We Plant the Placenta?

A Tale of A Tub, Rotterdam

until 22 January


Katja Novitskova

Conditioned Movement

Moderna Museet Malmö

until 29 January


Katja Novitskova

present perfect. New Acquisitions of the Collection of Contemporary Art of the Federal Republic of Germany

Museum Gunzenhauser, Chemnitz, Germany

until 12 February


Kris Lemsalu

Je Veux, Vienna 1975–2022, Galerie Meyer Kainer Kunst

Meyer Kainer, Vienna

until 28 January

Kris Lemsalu

THE FEST: Between Representation and Revolt

MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

until 7 May


Upcoming exhibitions


Kaarel Kurismaa

Esther Shipper gallery, Berlin

opening on 20 January, 5–8 pm

Kris Lemsalu
Earth Spells: Witches of the Anthropocene
RAMM – Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, United Kingdom
open from 11 February



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