Kim? Contemporary Art Centre
ONSEN CONFIDENTIAL: THE FINAL (Tokyo): Karlīna Mežecka & Rūdolfs Štamers

Kim? Contemporary Art Centre participates at


Artists: Karlīna Mežecka, Rūdolfs Štamers

Opening: April 7

Dates: April 8 April 21, 2024

Venue: Fig., Tokyo


ONSEN CONFIDENTIAL: THE FINAL participating galleries:

Air de Paris (Paris), Empty Gallery (Hong Kong), The Green Gallery (Milwaukee), Wschod (Warsaw/New York), Gregor Staiger (Zurich/Milan), Whistle (Seoul), Good Weather (Chicago), A Thousand Plateaus Art Space (Chengdu), Kristina Kite (Los Angeles), Crevecoeur (Paris), Layr (Vienna), Arcadia Missa (London), Ehrlich Steinberg (Los Angeles), Fitzpatrick (Paris), Art Beat (Tiblisi), ROH Projects (Jakarta), Durst Britt Mayhew (Den Haag),  Svit (Prague), 47 Canal (New York), Linseed Projects (Shanghai), Sophie Tappeiner (Vienna), STANDARD (Oslo), Kim? (Riga).


Host galleries in Tokyo:

AOYAMA l MEGURO, MUJIN-TO Production, MISAKO & ROSEN, XYZ Collective, 4949, KAYOKOYUKI, Fig., Satoko Oe Contemporary, Hagiwara Projects, Take Ninagawa, ANOMALY, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Yutaka Kikutake Gallery, and Talion Gallery.


Organizers: Misako Rosen, Jeffrey Rosen, COBRA.



Kim? Contemporary Art Centre is pleased to announce participation at the ONSEN CONFIDENTIAL: THE FINAL – a hybrid city–wide gallery share and natural hot spring retreat conference that takes place in Tokyo & Atami, Japan, from April 4 to April 21, 2024. 


As part of the program, Kim?, together with Good Weather (Chicago/Little Rock) and host gallery Fig. (Tokyo), will stage an exhibition showcasing new and existing work by two Latvian artists — Karlīna Mežecka and Rūdolfs Štamersalongside work by American artists Ron Ewert and Raque Ford and Japanese artists COBRA and Shizuka Okada.


ONSEN CONFIDENTIAL: THE FINAL is meant to bring together like-minded gallerists in a spirit of collaboration and cooperation and to provide a friendly introduction to the unique context of the contemporary art world of Tokyo. ONSEN CONFIDENTIAL was inspired by precedents such as the Milwaukee International, Paramount Ranch, Condo, OKEY DOKEY, Friend of a Friend, the Villa Projects (Villa Warsaw, Villa Reykjavik and Villa Toronto), non-profit initiatives such as NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) and Paris Internationale and gallery organizations such as CADAN (Contemporary Art Dealers Association Nippon) and the IGA (International Galleries Alliance).

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Last June, a compact pint-sized art fair called Riga Confidential, organized by and held at Kim? took place in Riga, with its name playing a tribute to the Tokyo event. As part of a growing trend that sees small and midsize galleries swapping spaces in different countries, organizers of ONSEN CONFIDENTIAL: THE FINAL are encouraging and welcoming others to organize their own such projects in their locations.


Kim? represented artists’ biographies:

Karlīna Mežecka (1995) is Latvian artist living and working in London, UK. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Department of Ceramics at the Art Academy of Latvia (2020) and her MA from the Ceramics & Glass program at the Royal College of Art in London (2022). Her most recent exhibitions include The Archive of Fragility, Kim?, Riga (2024), Martinsons Award, Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils (2023); Decentrality Dispersed in One Place, Padure Manor, Padure, (2023); Black Market 3, Kim? Skolas street 18, Riga (2022); Synchronicities, Vagonu street, Riga (2022); My Empty Shell, Candid Gallery, London (2022); Melting Pot, London (2022); Security Patterns, LOW Gallery, Riga (2022); Surrender, PILOT Gallery, Riga (2021); Wonders of Democracy, Sculpture Quadrennial, Riga (2020).


Rūdolfs Štamers (1995) is Latvian artist living and working in Paris. Štamers has graduated from the Visual Communication Department of the Art Academy of Latvia and holds a Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Art in Antwerp. His most recent solo exhibitions include Voices in My Heads, TUR, Riga (2023), Metamorphoses, New Garden gallerie, Paris (2022), “Tur kaut kam ir jābūt”, Tu Jau Zini Kur, Riga (2020) and selected group shows: Lucky Charms, Ballroom gallery, Brussels (2022), PILOT LMA x Art Vilnius’21, Kuldiga Art House, Kuldiga (2022), Surrender, PILOT Gallery, Riga (2021), “Art Vilnius” Art Fair, gallery PILOT Gallery booth, Vilnius (2021), MASTERS EXPO, Royal Academy of fine arts Antwerp (2020). Since 2017, Štamers has curated several group exhibitions in galleries and artist-run spaces in Latvia and abroad. 


Kim? participation in ONSEN CONFIDENTIAL: THE FINAL is supported by:
State Culture Capital Foundation, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.