NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform
Karl-Erik Talvet’s personal exhibition „Paintings from Mali“ will be open at the Vabaduse gallery from Friday July 24th 2020 until August 12th.
The artist will be present and open his exhibition on July 24th from 16pm to 18pm. A charity auction of the paintings displayed at the exhibition will take place on August 12th. The proceeds will be donated to the Carolin Illenzeer Foundation, which supports the education of children of fallen or injured soldiers of the Estonian Defense Forces.
The gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 11am to 18pm and on Saturday from 11am to 17pm.
Karl-Erik Talvet (b. 1991) went on a military mission as part of the ESTPLA-30 infantry platoon to the Republic of Mali, where he served as a French interpreter. Despite his translator responsibilities, Talvet found the time during his mission’s four months to deal with his main passion, which is art. Although this was an enriching experience, he still hasn’t found the answer to the question of whether he is more a warrior with an artistic side or an artist with a warrior side?
The exhibition consists of paintings that have been made in the months following Talvet’s return home from Mali. Exposed are also a selection of sketches and watercolors that were made over there in Talvet’s spare moments, which gives the exhibition more authenticity, than paintings made afterwards on the basis of photographs.
These scenes depicted in these works should generate some form of nostalgia in the heart of veterans visiting this exhibition and also give a certain idea of the lives of soldiers (which doesn’t only consist of fighting and also includes lighter moments) serving in missions to people not concerned by the subject.
Exhibitions in the Vabaduse gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Estonian Ministry of Culture and Liviko AS.

Gallery name: Vabaduse gallery

Address: Vabaduse väljak 6, Tallinn

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:00 - 18:00, Sat 11:00 - 17:00

Open: 24.07.2020 - 21.08.2020