Art Walk

Drop-in guided tours in English

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Wondering where to spend your free time?
Looking for new experiences and entertainment that have lasting impact?

Come and explore the biggest art museum in Estonia!

The Kumu Art Museum offers you a great opportunity to spend your leisure time in a vibrant artistic space. On the last Sunday of every month, we offer a special drop-in guided tour that will introduce one of our latest exhibitions. Through our museum mediators, you can gain deeper insight into art and history.

At Kumu, you can explore art from the end of the 18th century up to the freshest art works, straight from artists’ studios to exhibition halls. Half of the rotating exhibitions deal with Estonian art, and the other half are international in scope. Kumu itself is a magnificent building, created to surprise and impress its visitors. It is located between the Baroque-style Kadriorg park and the Lasnamäe suburb, with its panel blocks of flats. Being the biggest art space in Estonia, Kumu’s role is to be both an educational and entertainment centre, a booster of art and artistic life, a place for reflection, and a creator and interpreter of meanings.

On the last Sunday of every month (NB! check the exact schedule, because national holidays might effect this!) at 3 pm.

The meeting point is at the museum ticket office.
Tours are free with museum admission!
Duration 45 min

Your guide during those tours is Ms. Helen Merila, who is an experienced tour guide and art enthusiast currently studying Visual Culture Theory in the Estonian Academy of Arts.

29.01.2017 at 3pm
Conductors of Colour. Music and Modernity in Estonian Art
18.11.2016 – 27.08.2017
The exhibition examines, for the first time, how sounds and music, for example peasant folk songs and even the clamour of cabarets, inspired such modern Estonian artists as Konrad Mägi, Eduard Wiiralt and Ado Vabbe to create “singing” landscapes and symphonies of colour.

26.02.2017 at 3 pm
Paul Delvaux. A Waking Dreamer
25.11.2016 – March 2017
The dream-like atmosphere of the works by this Belgian surrealist, who had a significant impact on 20th-century art, combines deeply personal motifs with quotations from art history. The exhibition is a cooperative project with the Musée d’Ixelles (Belgium).

26.03.2017 at 3 pm
Symmetrical Worlds – Mirrored Symmetries. Ülo Sooster, Juri Sobolev, Tõnis Vint and Raul Meel
03.03.–11.06.2017
The exhibition examines the thinking and creative dialogue of unofficial artists in Tallinn and Moscow during the Soviet period. The significant common denominator of the four renowned artists is the synthesising of art and science in their works.

30.04.2017 at 3 pm
Anu Põder. Be Fragile! Be Brave!
17.03.–06.08.2017
Anu Põder is one of the most distinctive contemporary Estonian sculptors and installation artists. Having started in the 1970s, Põder deals with human psychology and senses and, unlike most of her contemporaries, she avoided depicting Soviet Estonia.

28.05.2017 at 3 pm
Jüri Okas
07.04.–27.08.2017
Known mostly as an accomplished architect, Jüri Okas is a member of the 1970s generation of avant-garde artists. His detached attitude toward the official art of the day introduced minimalism, land art and neo-conceptualism into Estonian art, instead of the depiction of reality.

18.06.2017 at 3pm
Conductors of Colour. Music and Modernity in Estonian Art
18.11.2016 – 27.08.2017
The exhibition examines, for the first time, how sounds and music, for example peasant folk songs and even the clamour of cabarets, inspired such modern Estonian artists as Konrad Mägi, Eduard Wiiralt and Ado Vabbe to create “singing” landscapes and symphonies of colour.

30.07.2017 at 3pm
Permanent Exhibition: Treasury
Classics of Estonian Art from the Beginning of the 18th Century until the End of the Second World War.
The rooms of permanent exhibition are filled with early classics of Estonian art, from the 18th century until the end of the Second World War. As the exhibition moves from one topic to another – from a work of an anonymous Baltic-German portrait artist to works by Johann Köler, Kristjan Raud and Konrad Mägi, and on to the Group of Estonian Artists, Pallas School – a visitor can also detect cultural processes characteristic to Western Europe. The exhibition reveals changes in the Estonian mentality, as well as in art styles. It consists of both masterpieces that are already established in the collective memory of Estonians and works that have until now been waiting in the depositories to be displayed.

27.08.2017 at 3pm
Permanent Exhibition: Conflicts and Adaptations. Estonian Art of the Soviet Era (1940–1991)
Estonian Art from the End of the Second World War Until Re-Independence.
The new permanent exposition focusses on the complicated relationship between art and its environment, and presents the various countenances of the era and the altering roles of art, which include depicting the surrounding reality, taking a stand against it, and creating alternative realities.

24.09.2017 at 3pm
Children of the Flowers of Evil. Estonian Decadent Art
09.09.2017  – January 2018
“Do you remember the thing we saw, my soul, that summer morning, so beautiful, so soft: at a turning in the path, a filthy carrion, on a bed sown with stones” (Ch. Baudelaire, trans. Jack Collings Squire).
Through the ages, along with the beautiful, artists and writers have been captivated by ugliness and depravity. The darker side of life fascinated the legendary poet Charles Baudelaire. His morbid, but elegant world of thoughts and feelings inspired Estonian artists in the early 20th century.

29.10.2017 at 3pm
The Savages of Germany. Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter Expressionists
22.09.2017–14.01.2018
The exhibition includes works by the world-famous German expressionists E. L. Kirchner, E. Nolde, F. Marc, V. Kandinsky and others from the early 20th century. Their work shook the European art world by presenting unprecedented colours, emotions and spirituality. The exhibition also searches for traces of wildness in Estonian art.

26.11.2017 at 3pm
Travellers. Voyage and Migration in New Art from Central and Eastern Europe
25.08.2017 – January 2018
The viewer is presented with kinds of travel and migration from the past and present of Eastern Europe, which are supplemented by the travel mythologies of Estonian artists. Part of this witty project, which plays with memories, was exhibited at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

17.12.2017 at 3pm
The Savages of Germany. Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter Expressionists
22.09.2017–14.01.2018
The exhibition includes works by the world-famous German expressionists E. L. Kirchner, E. Nolde, F. Marc, V. Kandinsky and others from the early 20th century. Their work shook the European art world by presenting unprecedented colours, emotions and spirituality. The exhibition also searches for traces of wildness in Estonian art.