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Peeter Laurits


Last updated: February 15, 2017


Peeter Laurits is an Estonian photo-based artist who has enriched the instruments of photographic expression, and broadened the role of the photographic art. The geographic spectrum of Peeter Laurits’ exhibitions is wide. His works can be found in many private- and museum collections around the world.


In the eighties I experimented with black and white darkroom techniques. After New York studies my work became more conceptual. I addressed media critical issues in grotesquely theatrical manner, studied surreal and dadaist means of expression. In 1997 I moved to live for 12 years in south-Estonian woods. There, on the crossroads of nature and culture, mythological and philosophical issues started to dominate in my work.


I studied at Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tartu and St Peterburg State Universities and New York International Center of Photography


2016 “Translating Ritual”, (With Prateep Suthathongthai) Ne-Na Art Centre, Chiang Mai
2015 “Codex naturalis” , Vaal gallery, Tallinn
2013 "Logos & Mythos", Vaal gallery, Tallinn
2012 “Bridge to Beyond and Back”, Vinzavod, Moscow
2012 „Gateways“, Tallinn City Gallery
2011 „Martyrdom of Mattis“, Kiek-in-de-Kök, Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn
2010 „Trickster‘s Office“, ArtDepoo, Tallinn
2008 “appalling@appealing“(with Herkki Erich Merila), Vaal gallery, Tallinn
2007 “The Fifth Season” Design and Architecture Gallery, Tallinn,
2006 “Lopéz & Laurits” (with Marcos Lopéz), Tallinn Art Hall
2005 “Vana labürint” Artdepoo Gallery, Tallinn
2005 “Flowing Labyrinth” (with Katz) Pavlov Medialab, Groningen, Holland
2003 "Dining with Worms", (with Ain Mäeots) The Ragged School Gallery, London, 2004
2003 "Pietá and Atlas of Heavens", Pärnu Linnagalerii
2002 "Reconstructing Tallinn" (with Ulvi Tiit & Madis Palm), Nightclub "Tallinn", Tartu.
2002 "The Flood", Museu d'Agua, Lisboa, Portugal
FotoFo festival, Pallfyhu Palace, Bratislava, Slovakia 2003
Ancien Preche, Pontorson, France, 2004
Vire Photographic Festival, France, 2006
Far-Eastern Art Museum, Khabarovsk, 2006
2001 "Birthday of Eternity", Rakvere Gallery, Estonia
2000 "Par Avion"(with Herkki Erich Merila), The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
2000 "Psühhosoikum", Tallinn City Gallery, Estonia
1998 "EE–LV"(with Herkki Erich Merila), Estonian Embassy in Riga, Latvia
1998 "Atlas of Heavens 2", Museum of Architecture, Tallinn, Estonia
1998 "Atlas of Heavens 1", Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
1997 "Postcards From Kütiorg", Estonian Mission at the European Union, Brussels, Belgium
1996 "Estonian Architects"(with Herkki Erich Merila), Museum of Architecture, Tallinn
1996 "The Familiy of Adam"(with Herkki Erich Merila), Tallinn City Gallery, Estonia
1995 "Metamorphoses"(with Herkki Erich Merila), Nordic Council of Ministers Gallery, Copenhagen
1993 " Diseases & Metamorphoses II"(with Herkki Erich Merila), Luum Gallery, Tallinn
1993 "Diseases & Metamorphoses I" (with Herkki Erich Merila), Lee Gallery, Tallinn
1990 "Concerto Grosso", Illegaard Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
1989 “22 Pictures”, Komsomolsk na Amure, Russia
1989 „We Are the Same Stuff That Dreams Are Made on“ Estonian Drama Theater
1988 "Sixteen Pictures", Kiek in de Kök Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia


2016 “Tallinn Print triennial. The Winners”, Vilnius Graphic Art Centre gallery
2015 “Between Heaven and Earth” , Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, Gongju, Korea
Guanlan International Print Biennial, Shenzhen, China  
“Death and Beauty” , KUMU, Tallinn
2014 "Holy", Museum of Spiritual culture, Kiev, Ukraine
2013 Archisle #2, Jersey
“Best of 2012”, FotoLoft, Vinzavod, Moscow
2012 “Artmandu”, 2nd international Art Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal
Noorderlicht Photofestival, Gröningen, Holland
2011 „Inner Forests“, Yatoo pre-biennale, Gongju, Korea
“Vesi Vatten Water Acqua”, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland
„Kunst macht frei. Contemporary Estonian Art“, Janus Pannonius Museum, Pecs, Hungary
2010 „V Douro Bienal Internacional de Gravura“, Portugal
Amsterdam International Photobiennial GRID 2010
2009 „VI International Novosibirsk Graphic Biennial“, Novosibirsk, Russia
“Musgos e Liquenes”, Galeria Santa Clara, Coimbra, Portugal
2008 “Obscurum per Obscurius” Tallinn Art Hall
“Borderland”, Guang Zhou Art Academy, China
“Baltic Pop” , Giedre Bartelt Gallery, Berlin
2007 “Art for Sustainability”, Abbekas Gallery, Abbekas & Lund, Sweden
“Archaeology of Environment”, Retretti Museum, Finland
2006 “Documenta 12”, magazine project, Kassel
“Homo Grandis Natu”, Russian Institute of Humanities, Moscow
2005 “Kunst in der Karlshütte” festival, Germany
“CDH-2005 Spring Salon”, Central Hall of Artists, Moscow
2004 "Quand l*Art Change la Baie", Expo-parcours d*art contemporain en Baie du Mount Saint Michel, France
"Ecology and Art", Central Hall of Artists, Moscow
"First Assembly", The Ragged School Gallery, London
2003 "1001 Reasons to Love the Earth", Seoul, South Korea
"Arte Factum" Vilniaus Fotografijos Galeri, Lithuania
"(un)dressed Body", Giedre Bartelt Gallery, Berlin
"Printmaking in Europe: Trends and Perspectives", Cadiz, Spain
2002 "Printmaking in Europe: Trends and Perspectives", Thessaloniki, Greece
"Closing the Distance" Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland
"International Young Art 2002" ArtLink/Sothebys, Tel Aviv, New York, Amsterdam
2001 "Conditionally Existing. Conditionally Unexisting.", XII Tallinn Graphic Triennale, Estonia
2000 "Duchamp’s Suitcase" Arnolfini Art Center, Bristol, England
"Estonian Photo", Mai Mano Gallery, Budapest
"Artgenda", Glass-Hall, Helsinki, Finland
"Ugriculture 2000", Gallen-Kallela museum, Helsinki, Finland
1999 "Diaspora" Oviedo, Spain
1998 "Out of the Shadow" North Carolina University, USA
" The Return of the Past – the End of Utopias " Danish Embassy in Paris, France
1997 " The Return of the Past – the End of Utopias ", Helsinki Art Hall, Finland
1995 "Biotopy", Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
"Factory of History", Saaremaa Biennale, Castle of Kuressaare, Estonia
"Self-Portrait", Kuznechki Most Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1994 "Europa-Europa", Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, Bonn, Germany
"Baltic Photography", Galleria Finnfoto, Helsinki, Finland
1993 "Memory of Images", Kiel, Rostock, Berlin, Germany; Riga, Latvia; Vilnius, Lithuania;
1992 "Contemporary Baltic Photography", Odense Photographic Museum, Denmark
"Erotica Ultima Thule", CB's 313 Gallery, New York, USA
"Always Yours", Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, USA
1991 "Contemporary Soviet Photography ",Rosa Esman Gallery, New York, USA
"Photographers Estoniens", Charleroy Photographic Museum, Belgium.
"Contemporary Soviet Photography", Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, USA
1990 "Iisalmen Camera Festival", Iisalmi, Finland
"Diffraction Only-Contemporary Lensless Photographers", Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerpen, Netherlands
1989 "Le Theatre Dans L'Art Photographique", Sterijino Pozorje Biennale, Yugoslavia.


Vaal Gallery, Tallinn


Margus Ott
From the perspective of the Fly Agaric and Bark Beetle
KUNST.EE 2016/2


Annual Prize of Estonian Museums 2017
One year grant of Estonian Endowment for the Arts 2012
Annual Prize of Estonian Endowment for the Arts, 2009
Estonian Endowment for the Arts, “Live and Shine” grant 2005
Estonian Golden Book 2005
Order of the White Cross 2005
Kristjan Raud prize 2004
Memorial medal of Fr.R.Kreutzwald, 2003
Annual Prize of Estonian Endowment for the Arts, 2002
Prize of XII Tallinn Graphic Triennale 2001
One year grant of Estonian Endowment for the Arts 2000


Peeter Laurits "Bridge to Beyond and Back" 2012


Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn
Tartu Art Museum, Estonia
Estonian Bank collection, Tallinn
Fund of Tallinn Graphic Trienniale, Tallinn
Norton Dodge Collection, New York, USA
Pinhole Resource, San Lorenzo, New Mexico
Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia Colledge, Chicago, USA
Benziger Imagery Collection, Glen Ellen Winery, California, USA
KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland
Museu da Agua, Lisbon, Portugal
Siddhartha Art Foundation, Kathmandu
YATOO group collection, Gongju, Korea
National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, USA
China Printmaking Museum, Shenzhen


2016 “Ural Echoes” 5 x 200 m photographic murals for the Estonian National Museum
2014 and 2015 Commissions of the President of the Republic of Estonia
2013 "Therapia Floralis", 9 small murals, Kohtla-Järve hospital
2009 „Lennart Meri“, 2 x 9 m mural, Tallinn Airport
2008 „Elyseum“, Meresuu SPA, 15 x 2 m murals, Narva-Jõesuu, Estonia
2007 „Heathen County“, 4 x 90 m mural, South-East Center, Võru, Estonia
2003 „Reconstructing Tallinn“ 4 x 20 m mural, nightclub Tallinn, Tartu

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