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.
Coordinators: Sirje Helme, Ragne Soosalu
Chronicles of Art Life
Art history is not only comprised of art works, but also of events, spaces, relationships and processes. The photographers who have recorded the Estonian art and culture scene (Jaan Klõšeiko, Jüri Tenson, Kalju Suur and others.) are not only intermediaries but creators.
Curator: Anu Allas
Anu Põder. Be Fragile! Be Brave!
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.
Curator: Rebeka Põldsam
Conductors of Colour. Music and Modernity in Estonian Art
18.11.2016 – 27.08.2017
3rd floor, B-wing
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.
The Project Space: Dialogue. Mare Vint and Jaanus Samma
02.06.2017 – January 2018
Since the late 1960s, Mare Vint’s minimalist landscapes with architectonic elements have focused on space and silence. Jaanus Samma’s new works are inspired by Mare Vint’s work.
Curator: Anu Allas
PULSE, an exhibition of fashion designs by students at the Estonian Academy of Arts
From 20 May to 20 June, PULSE, an exhibition of fashion designs by students at the Estonian Academy of Arts, will be on display in the pedestrian tunnel at the Kumu Art Museum. The exhibition was organised under the creative guidance of the fashion designer Liisi Eesmaa. An exhibition of this type is being organised for the first time in the tunnel. At the core of the students’ creations is playing with experimental forms and non-traditional materials in a utopian and fantasy-filled context. The material that provides the point of departure for the exhibition is the red carpet familiar to us from fashion shows and galas.
Permanent Exhibition: Treasury
Classics of Estonian Art from the Beginning of the 18th Century until the End of the Second World War.
3rd floor, A-wing
The rooms of permanent exhibition are filled with the 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 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 tracks down changes in the Estonian mentality as well as in art styles. It consists of both masterpieces that already have established a place in the collective memory of Estonians and works that have until now been waiting in the depositories to be displayed.
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.
4th floor, A-wing
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.