Estonia’s modern art scene makes a splash in London

Suzanne Frost

As part of the centenary celebrations of Estonia’s independence, the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Centre (ECADC) is bringing the country’s love of modern and street art to the British capital. Three of the destination’s most renowned artists are currently showcasing their artworks in some of London’s most prestigious art galleries, exhibition spaces and art festivals in the capital.

Katja Novitskova’s ‘Invasion Curves’ at Whitechapel Gallery
Katja Novitskova, Pattern of Activation (embryogenesis), 2018 (detail). Courtesy of the artist; Photo: Tõnu Tunnel

London’s world class Whitechapel Gallery is hosting Katya Novitskova’s exhibition - ‘Invasion Curves’ - an immersive experience using science, art and technology to explore the landscape of a ‘biotic crisis’. The installation aims to map the impact of humans and the exploitation of life. Novitskova’s work brings environmental consciousness to London, blending an unsettling mix of unearthly images of genetically modified creatures with aerial images captured by satellites. Her images are captured by scanners, cameras and satellites – from the bodies of lab organisms to the flows generated by image processing algorithms – then rendered as vivid sculptures and projections. 

Katja Novitskova’s ‘Invasion Curves’ will be at Whitechapel Gallery until 2 September 

Edward von Lõngus’ (R)estart Reality, permanent installation in Vauxhall
(c) Visit Estonia

The London Festival of Architecture in partnership with Vauxhall One Business Improvement District (BID) brings mysterious street artist Edward von Lõngus – also known as the Estonian Banksy - to the London neighbourhood of Vauxhall, showcasing his augmented reality artworks on the walls of South Lambeth Place and Glasshouse Walk. London is the ninth European city to host von Longus’ augmented reality work as part of his ‘(R)estart Reality’ tour to celebrate Estonia’s 100th Anniversary. The installation involves creative and interactive technologies using an app to bridge the past and the present through creative technologies. Inspired by Estonia´s past, von Lõngus’ century-old characters travel through time and come to life with augmented reality, under the curious gaze of passers-by. 

Edward von Lõngus’ (R)estart Reality is at Vauxhall, SE11 5SS London. The app can be downloaded from

Memory & Light by Arvo Pärt and Arup, 15 – 23 September at Victoria and Albert Museum
'Memory & Light', Arvo Pärt, courtesy of Voctoria and Albert Museum London

Arvo Pärt, an Estonian composer of classical and religious music, is considered one of the most well-known and performed contemporary music artists in the world, in his own words: “I could compare my music to white light, which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener.” These famous words by Arvo Pärt have inspired the specially conceived installation for the V&A’s Norfolk House Music Room, which will be showcased at the famous South Kensington museum from 15-23 September. The multi-sensory ‘Memory & Light’ installation, made of a transparent curved screen symbolising the prism dividing colours as in Pärt’s description, will represent a “viewing and listening bench” and bring Arvo Pärt’s words to life.

Arvo Pärt’s ‘Memory & Light’ installation will be at the V&A 15-23 September.


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