CV

Born on February 3rd, 1961, Tallinn, Estonia
Artist: painting, installations, performance, text, sound

Education

1979 -- 1984 Estonian Academy of Arts, architecture

Membership

1988 Association of Estonian Architects
1990 Estonian Artists Association

Pedagocical activity

1989 – 1990; 1997 Tallinn Art School, lecturer (general composition, drawing, painting, performance art; theory & practice)
1991: Copenhagen School for Arts; theory & practice of performance art
1999: Tallinn Theatre Institute; theory & practice performance art
1993 – 1996: painting; theory & practice; Estonian Art Academy (EKA))
2000: theory of art; lectures ; EKA
2002: theory of art; lectures ; EKA
2003 – 2004: introduction to visual semiotics, visual syntax; theory; Estonian Humanitary Institute (EHI)
2004 - 2005: introduction to visual semiotics; visual syntax; theory; EKA
2002, 2003, 2004, 2006: workshops of site-specific art in nature; EKA
2004 – 2005: theory of popular culture; EHI
2006: contemporary picture; (theory & practice of painting & general visualization); EKA
2007-present: phenomenalistic drawing, phenomenalistic painting, workshops of interdisciplinary arts, theory of popular culture; EKA
2012-present: composition & painting; Tallinn Technical University

Solo exchibitions

1991 Ormus I. Intermedia Centre Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden
1992 Ormus II. Gallery “Marius Projekt”, Copenhagen, Denmark
1992 Myra Art Limited I. Gallery “Vaal”, Tallinn, Estonia
1992 Myra Art Limited II. Gallery of the Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
1992 Infected. Gallery “Okra”, Vantaa, Finland
1993 Ormus III. Gallery “Luum”, Tallinn, Estonia
1993 Gallery “Sammas”, Tallinn, Estonia
1996 Topographic. “Rüütli” Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
1999 Symphony Si-b minor (“Postapocalyptica”), Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn
1998 He and She (with Ene-Liis Semper), Gallery “Noass”, Riga, Latvia
1999 About Love. Gallery “Vaal”, Tallinn, Estonia
2002 Empire. City Gallery of Rakvere, Rakvere, Estonia
2003 War of Cones. House of Estonian Parliament, Tallinn, Estonia
2004 New and Unknown. Viinistu Art Museum, Viinistu, Estonia
2007 Aunt Clara & Others; Gallery „Vaal”, Tallinn, Estonia
2008 During the Times of Statue Wars. „Hobusepea Galerii”, Tallinn, Estonia
2010 Darkness Darkness; Gallery of Design & Architecture; Tallinn, Estonia
2010 Project VOOL; Hobusepea & Draakoni Galerii, Tallinn, Estonia
2011 VOOL / Works; Kultuurikatel, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 VOOl / Small Size; Haus Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2013 Kurvitz. KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia
2013 Androgynic Mind Machines (with Kristi Kongi), Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2013 Ormus, Simulacer Gallery, Novo Mesto, Slovenia
2013/2014 Amfibious Horses, TAM Galerii, Tallinn, Eesti
2014 Project Vicente, Travessa da Ermida, Lisboa, Portugal

Selected group exhibitions, international exhibitions

1986 -- 1991, 1996 "Rühm T" exhibitions, Tallinn, Estonia
1988 Triennial of Young Baltic Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
1989 WE - YOU - MUU. Billnäs, Finland
1989 -- 1991 Structure / Metaphysics. Group exhibition of Estonian artists.
Finland : Pori Art Museum, Pori; Helsinki Art Hall, Helsinki; Rovaniemi Art Museum, Rovaniemi;
Germany : Kiel City Gallery, Kiel; Gallery "Nemo", Eckenförde;
Sweden : Stockholm Kulturhuset, Liljevalch’s Art Hall, Stockholm; Linköping Museum, Linköping 1990
Baltic Painting Triennial, Vilnius, Lithuania
1990 Exhibition of 15 Estonian artists. Gallery "GKM", Malmö, Sweden
1992 Forma Anthropologica. Group exhibition of artists from Baltic States. Tallinn Art Hall, Gallery "Luum", Gallery of the Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
1992 Myth and Abstraction. Estonian contemporary art. Karlsruhe, Germany 1993 Aujourd'hui les Baltes. Group exhibition of artists from Baltic States.L‘Ecole Nationale Supèrieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
1993 Castle of Imagination. Zachodnio-Kaszubskie Museum, Bytow, Poland
1993 Eleonora. International performance festival, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
1993 Terra Incognita. International communication project within the framework of the Venice Biennial. Energy Station, Helsinki, Finland; Gallery "Le Sous-Sol", Paris, France; Moltkerei, Cologne, Germany
1993 -- 1994 French-Baltic video art festival. Riga, Latvia; Vilnius, Lithuania; House of Tourism, Tallinn, Estonia
1994 Unexistent Art. The 2nd annual exhibition of the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Tallinn, Estonia
1994 M / F Kronborg, Tallinn, Estonia; Copenhagen, Denmark
1995 Self-Portrait. Group exhibition of Estonian artists curated by J. Saar. Moscow Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1995 Europa heute -- Estland. Group exhibition of 5 Estonian artists. Gallery "Margarethenhof", Bonn; Gallery "Sperl", Potsdam; Germany
1995 Mobile 1. Exhibition of Estonian cinetic art. Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
1995 Biotopia. The 3rd annual exhibition of the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Tallinn, Estonia
1996 Estonia as a Sign. The 4th annual exhibition of the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Tallinn, Tartu, Estonia
1997 Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
1998 Senses Test Station. International exhibtion of tactile art. Maly Manege, Moscow, Russia
2000 Painting Biennial of Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania
2000 Grosse Austellung Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf Kunsthalle, Germany
2002 Gooseskin. International festival of performance art; Rakvere, Estonia
1999 Markers. Curatory project by Doron Polak, Israel, in the framework of the Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy 2000 Green Wave; Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
2004 Similar Spaces. House of Commons, London, Great Britain
2004 In Exile; 13th Print Triennial of Tallinn, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
2004 Ich bin ein Mahler; Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
2004 Alle gegen Alle; Gallerie UDK Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2006 Collected Crises; KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia
2007 Eighties in Brackets; KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia
2007 Slices of Time; Adamson-Eric Museum, Tallinn; curatory exhibition by Vappu Thrulow
2008 Place that Makes to Move; KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia
2001 -- 1013 Festivals of Light in Tallinn, Estonia; Lyon, France; Eindhoven; Neatherlands; Helsinki, Finland; Jerusalem, Israel; Torun, Poland
2010 False Recognition; Vilnius Painting Biennial; Vilnius, Lithuania
2011 Festival "Seanahk", Haapsalu, Estonia
2012 Human Nature, Rauma Biennale Balticum; Rauma, Finland
2012 Cosmic Underground; an art train Tallinn-Lisboa via Europe
2012 The Presence and Future of Estonian Art Scenes; KUMU; Tallinn, Estonia
2013 Tallinn Light Biennial, Tallinn, Estonia

Bibliography

Catalogues

Structure / Metaphysics. Estonian contemporary art, Porin Taidemuseo, Satakunnan Kirjateollisuus Oy, Pori, 1989
15 kunstnikku Tallinnast / Eestist. Edition GKM Siwert Bergström Malmö Sweden, 1990
Forma Anthropologica. Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Estonian Artists' Union, Tallinn Art Hall, 1992
Myth and Abstraction. Actual art from Estonia. European Days of Culture at Karlsruhe 1992, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe,1992 (Germany)
French-Baltic Video Art Festival. Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Rigas Multimediju centra apgâds, 1993 (Latvia)
Aujourd'hui les Baltes. Art Contemporain d'Estonie, Lettonie, Litaunie typoGABOR, 1993 (Paris, France)
Unexistent Art. 2nd annual exhibition of the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia, 1994
Self-Portrait. Estonian Artists Association and Institute for Contemporary Arts in Moscow, Tallinn, 1995
Europa heute -- Estland. Group exhibition of 5 Estonian artists. Friedrich-Naumann Stiftung, Galerie im Margarethenhof, 1995 (Bonn, Germany)
Biotoopia. Biology, Technology, Utopia. 3rd Annual Exhibition of the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia, November 22 – December 17, 1995; Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia, Tallinn, 1996
Rühm T; Art Museum of Estonia, 1996
47. Biennale di Venezia; Venezia, Italia, 1997
Venezia 1997; Siim-Tanel Annus, Raoul Kurvitz, Jaan Toomik; text by Johannes Saar; 1997
Senses Test Station. International exhibtion of tactile art. Maly Manege, Moscow, Russia, 1998
Painting Biennial of Vilnius; Vilnius, Lithuania, 2000
Grosse Austellung Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2000
Roheline laine; Tallinn; 2003
Ich bin ein Maler, Tallinn; 2004
Collected Crises; Estonian Art in the 1990´s; Art Museum of Estonia, 2006
Eighties in Brackets; Estonian Art in the 1980´s: Art Museum of Estonia, 2006
Rauma Biennale Balticum; Rauma, Finland, 2012
Vicente. Reinventando O Mito; Projecto Travessa da Ermida, Lisboa, 2014
Raoul Kurvitz, Selected Works; Tallinn, 2002
Kurvitz; Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, 2013

Magazines

Hukkila, K. Raul Kurvits : Mies ja nyrkkeilyhanska. "Taide", 1988, no 4
Hellerma, K. Kunst on tunne. "Noorus", 1988, no 10
Helme, S. Sajandilõpu kaunis armastus. "Vikerkaar", 1989, no 11
Fuchs-Gamböck, M. Ende der Eiszeit. "Wiener", Munich, 1991, no 11
Helme, S. Grazioji meile amaziaus pabaigai. "Krantai", Vilnius, 1991
Juske, A. Kurvitz ja Zeitgeist. "Vikerkaar", 1992, no 5
Liivrand, H. Raoul Kurvitz. "Kunst", 1992, no 3
Arujärv, M.-L. Kaootiline boheem. "Favoriit", 1993, no 11
Vabar, V. Raoul Kurvitz "Sambas". "Kunst", 1994, no 1
Anders Harm, Post-Apocalyptic Egogenesis, Kurvitz’s Fleur du Mal, "Estonian Art " 2/1999
Peeter Linnap; 10 Questions by Peeter Linnap to Raoul Kurvitz; Estonian Art, 2003
Ellu Maar/Raoul Kurvitz; Abjective Aunt Clara; "Vikerkaar" 2007, no 1-2
Art and autobiography: a footnote to the exhibition of Raoul Kurvitz at the Vaal Gallery, october 2006; James Thrulow; "kunst.ee" 2007. no 1
Ott, M. Meeleline mõistelisus ja mõisteline meelelisus; "kunst.ee" 2010, no 1-2
Kaire Nurk, interview with Raoul Kurvitz, "kunst.ee" 2013, no 2
Maarin Mürk; Kurvitz on Kurvitz on Kurvitz; "kunst.ee" 2013, no 2

Newspapers

Interview by K. Hukkila. "Iltalehti", 1988, 27. 07.
Kivirinta M.-T. Paronin matka Armenian. "Helsinkin Sanomat", 1989, 26. 02.
Virtanen, L. Uskonto ja Isamaa. "Satakunnan Kansa", 1989, 30. 05.
Helme, S. Raoul Kurvitsa performance. "Eesti Ekspress", 1989, 03. 11.
Inimesed (interview with Raoul Kurvitz after his return from Germany). "Eesti Ekspress", 1990, 10. 08.
Kurvitz. Interview by U. Muru. "Eesti Ekspress", 1992, 06. 03.
Klein, K. Kunstnik-militarist Raoul Kurvitz. "Pühapäevaleht", 1992, 07. 03.
Liivrand, H. Vesi, valgus ja aeg. "Eesti Ekspress", 1992, 27. 03.
Treier, H. Eesti kunsti uued mängud. Raoul Kurvitz -- elav klassik? "Eesti Elu / Estonian Life", 1992, 13. 04.
Liivrand, H. Vaimude tund "Sambas". "Eesti Ekspress", 1993, 11. 06.
Klein, K. Raoul Kurvitzale ei meeldi olla happeningimees. "Päevaleht", 1993, 17. 06.
Vabar, V. Hõbepeegel "Sambas". "Sirp", 1993, 18. 06.
Treier, H. Raoul Kurvitza hõbeilmutused. "Hommikuleht", 1993, 30. 06.
Pyhapaevaleht, 28.05.1994
Ehlvest, J. Veekeha kui alasti häbi. "Postimees", 1996, 04. 12.
Kristel R. Sitz; Meedia – postapokalüptiline kunst (interview with Raoul Kurvitz);
Varblane, R. Raoul Kurvitza personaalnaitus. "Sirp", 1999. 08. 27. Juske, A. Kurvitz püstitab kirikut. "Eesti Paevaleht", 1999. 08. 28.
Sobolev, M. Kurvitz ehitas katedraali. "Sonumileht", 1999, 08. 28.
Juske.A Kunsti Trooja hobune Vabaduse platsil. "Eesti Paevaleht", 1999. 09.02.
Vali, K. Kodututele Katedraal. "Õhtuleht", 1999. 09. 04.
Treier, H. Lõputu rong, nõgesevali ja postapokalüptiline vaikelu. "Eesti Ekspress", 1999. 09. 09.
Kender, K. Raoul Kurvitza katedraal. "Postimees", 1999. 09. 10.
Elken, J. Apokalüpsis nüüd! "Eesti Ekspress", 1999. 09. 16.
Kivimaa, K. Meie aja mälupildid. "Sirp", 1999. 09. 17.
Kelomees, R. Krooniline kangelane. "Sirp", 1999.09.17.
Saar, J. Postapokalüptiline prohvet. "Postimees", 1999. 09. 18.
Koppel, A. Raoul Kurvitz tüürib Eesti kunsti maailma. (interview with Raoul Kurvitz) "Postimees", 1999. 12. 29.
Juske, A. Kurvitza lahkumisetendus. "Eesti Paevaleht", 2000. 09. 27.
Aaremäe, A. Elu nagu filmis. "Eesti Ekspress", 2000. 10. 12.
Raud, N. Interview with Raoul Kurvitz in NYC. "Postimees" 2001. 06. 30.
Aaremäe, A. Mees, raamatud ja taimed kesklinnas vabatahtlikul asumisel; interview with Raoul Kurvitz; KesKus, 1905; 14/05
Aaremäe, A. Tädi Klaara ja teised Raoul Kurvitza mõnuained; Postimees, 2006.10.10.
Kolk, T. Taaskohtumine Raoul Kurvitzaga; Äripäev, 2006, 13.10.
Tädi Klaara ja Teised. Kunstnik Raoul Kurvitza lühike selgitus. Eesti Päevaleht, 2006.17.10
Aaremäe, A. Alfaisase suured sambasõjad lõuendil. "Postimees", 2008.30.04.
Thrulow, V. Õhus on ohtu. "Sirp", 2008.09.05.
Juske, A. Raoul Kurvitz seilab uutel hoovustel. "Eesti Päevaleht", 2010.31.03
Nukk, R. Raoul Kurvitza visuaalne filosoofia. "Aripäev", 2010, 01.04
Veispak, T. Raoul Kurvitz kui lakkamatu vool. "Postimees", 2010. 07.04
Ksenofontov, A. VOOL võtab võimust. (conversation between Raoul Kurvitz, philosopher James Thurlow & critic Andri Ksenofontov), "Sirp", 2010.09.04
Ala, J. Moodne kunst läheneb publikule (interview with Raoul Kurvitz, "Postimees", 2011.12.10. Niineste, M. Moodne kunst peab olema sotsiaalsem kui kunagi varem (interview with Raoul Kurvitz), Eesti Päevaleht, 2011.19.10
Juske, A. Krüptoloogia ehk Raoul Kurvitza kood, "Sirp", 2011.28.10.
Karro, K. Kurvitz; "Eesti Ekspress", 2013.01.17
Valme, V. Maailm lõpeb reedel – jälle! "Postimees", 2013.01.17
Soans, H. Raoul Kurvitza suurim projekt on elada kunstnikuna; "Sirp", 2013.91.18
Kaus, J. Pimeduses voogab miski nagu valgus; "Sirp", 2013.02.15
Tamm, M. Suuremad löögid; "Eesti Päevaleht", 2013.02.05
Raidpere, M. Raoul Kurvitz. Elus. Ja ilmselt ka klassik. "KesKus", no 3, 2013

Online

Viestards Gailitis, The Destructive Estonian Romantic, an interview with Estonian Artist Raoul Kurvitz, 2013 Kiwa, "Mina arvan jätkuvalt, et kõik inimesed ei peagi kunstist aru saama", 2013
Kaur Kender; Raoul Kurvitz. Reloaded. 2014

Filmography

Estonian Contemporary Art. Raoul Kurvitz. Director J. Nõgisto. Estonian Television, 1990
Gate of Light. Light installation by Raoul Kurvitz. Estonian Television, 1993
Kurvitz. Documentary by Kati Ilves & Mati Schönberg, Kumu, 2013

Awards

- Young Artist’s Award of Estonia, 1988
- Estonian Trade Unions Award, 1989
- Jury’s Award at French-Baltic Video-festival, 1995
- Award of Estonian Cultural Endowment, 1996
- Annual Prize of Estonian Cultural Endowment, 1999
- Award of Pärnu video-festival; 2011
- Annual Prize of Estonian Cultural Endowment, 2011

Film- and tv production by Raoul Kurviz

TV- serial "Lifestyles"; 8 programs; screenplay & directing; 1994-1997
Full-length movie "Dear Mr Q" by Rao Heidmets, art directing; 1996
Animation movies for Japanese advertising market by Rao Heidmets; art directing; 1998 & 2003;

Publications by Raoul Kurvitz (A Selection)

Uusvorm arhitektuuris/ New Form in Architecture; "Ehituskunst", 1985
Tundmatu Joseph Beuys/Unknown Joseph Beuys; "Kunst", 1986
Ilmar Vene. Vikerkaar, 1987
Vilen Künnapu, Vikerkaar, 1989
Ma Kardan Leedi E.K´d / I am afraid of Lady E.K. Text for the catalogue of artist Eve Kask; tallinn, 1990.
Neli minutit Ene-Liis Semperit/Four Minutes of Ene-Liis Semper; Vikerkaar, 1995
Leedi E.K. Saladus/The Secret of Lady E.K. Text about artist Eve Kask; Eesti Kunstnikud 2; Tallinn, 1999
Olev ja tema tabamatu süda/The Existent and its Uncatchable Heart; survey of Estonian art-life in 1997; Eesti Ekspress 2008 No 1/01
Jaan Toomik. After the Wall;; text for the catalogue; Berlin, 2000
Performance Art in Estonia. SSKE, Tallinn, 2005
Peatades Olevikku / Stopping the Presence. Text about artist Anders Moseholm; Eesti Ekspress, 2005
Attitude; ülevaade hoiakulisest popkultuurist, vol. 1 /An Overview of Popular Culture with Attitude, vol 1; a book, 230 pages; Kirjastus Valgus, Tallinn, 2008

Records (CD's)

Must Apelsin / Black Orange; "Ultramelanhool"; Hyperrecords, 2004 (drums)
Materjal / Material; "Ultramelanhool"; self-released, 2008 (drums)
Forbidden to Sing; Raoul Kurvitz; MKDK Records, 2011 (solo album)