Research Library: Mon, Thu 12–19, Tue, Wed, Fri 10–17 | Study Centre: Mon–Fri 10–17
Research Library: Mon, Thu 12–19, Tue, Wed, Fri 10–17
Study Centre: Mon–Fri 10–17


The exhibition of ERKF Ene Grauberg’s sub-fund scholarship holders is open in the 1st floor gallery of the Research Library from December 7th, to January 31st. Come and explore inspiring artworks that offer intriguing perspectives on the artistic scholarship holders’ creations! We look forward to your visit!

The Ene Grauberg sub-fund provides scholarships for both students and young researchers pursuing further studies in the fields of visual arts and/or philosophy. The exhibition showcases a selection of artworks by visual artists, from the first scholarship recipient, Rauno Thomas Moss (1977), a young lecturer in art and semiotics at Tartu University to the latest awardee, Rebeka Vaino (1995), a young painter currently completing further studies in Paris and London.

Rebeka Vaino’s vibrant canvas patches, combining trash aesthetics with elements of modernist figuration, are directly mounted on the wall, visible to visitors upon entering the library. Alongside these are Rauno Moss’s three cubist abstractions, presented in neo-geo style, drawing connections with 20th century modernism.

The exhibition also includes four highly refined digital prints by Ruudu Ulas (1987), combining everyday scenes with an aesthetic purification reminiscent of religious values.

From Liisi Küla (1989), whose mediums include video and digital photography, the exhibition features two videos – “Dance of Light” and “Body Memory”, along with the photo series “Wave, Pull, Radiation.”

Ene Grauberg was my philosophy lecturer at the Art Institute; in the early 2000s, she invited me to join the Akadeemia NORD board. Now, I’m part of the Grauberg sub-fund council. I helped Ene prepare and design the exhibition, and at her request, my own works are displayed at the exhibition.

We extend our gratitude to the Research Library Director Andres Kollist and artist Karl-Kristjan Nagel for their assistance in installing the exhibition.

Jaan Elken, Emeritus Professor, University of Tartu

Everyone can want, fear, and hope! What comes, no one expects! /B. Alver/

* Only education sets one free! This was evident already in ancient times. * Although Archimedes’ saying, “Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth,” was originally meant primarily for physics, nowadays, you can find this standing point in philosophy of art and morality as well. * From Descartes’ philosophical principle “cogito, ergo sum” – give me a foundation, and I will change the world, it becomes clear that the greatest question on the path to freedom is not about the rules – there are always many of those – but about the foundations from which to start. * “Oh, French people… you are free if you have the courage to be free!” This was once said by Jean-Paul Marat.

Ene Grauberg Photo: private collection

What unites these statements made at different times is the fact that education is primarily freedom. Occasionally, I have been asked: how did the idea for establishing the Ene Grauberg sub-fund of the Estonian National Culture Foundation arise and become possible? I have asked this myself. The short answer is: it has indeed been a grand adventure. By adventure, I mean, in particular, taking on something significant occasionally, even without knowing exactly what it should be. On the other hand, the establishment of the Ene Grauberg sub-fund of the Estonian National Culture Foundation is probably also a tribute to the many young people – my former art and philosophy students, as well as law students and others – with whom I have traveled the long path of seeking truth and freedom. Naturally, the present time, full of the call for freedom, has contributed to this.

With respect, Ene Grauberg, Emeritus Professor at Tallinn University

The exhibition was opened, and the names of new scholarship holders were announced on Thursday, December 7th, at 5:00 PM.

Recipients of the scholarship:

Mia Tamme – 2000 euros for master’s studies in artistic research at the Dutch Art Institute.

Triin Metsla – 1500 euros for doctoral research in the following research institutions in Paris: Université Paris Cité, Terra Foundation for American Art library, Kandinsky Library and Archives at the Pompidou Center, La bibliothèque de l’Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA).

Kris Kool – 1000 euros for studies in design at Hanze Minerva Art Academy in the Netherlands.

Congratulations to the new scholarship recipients!

The exhibition opening in the media (only in Estonian): ERR: “Pildid: Ene Graubergi fond kuulutas välja uued stipendiaadid ja avas näituse.” Eesti Päevaleht: “FOTOD | Ene Graubergi fond jagas noortele kunstnikele stipendiume ja avas näituse.