Upcoming exhibitions

The Great Hall
2nd floor

Jüri Okas
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.
Curator: Sirje Helme

The Savages of Germany. Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter Expressionists
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.
Curator: Detmar Westhoff

Treasury of Estonian Art
3rd floor

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 everything 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.
Curator: Lola-Annabel Kass

Art after the Second World War
4th floor

The Project Space: Kumu Youth Club! Museum as Toolbox
An exhibition completed as the final result of the international collaborative project started in 2015, which has been assembled by the members of the Kumu Youth Club.
Curators: Triin Tulgiste and members of the Kumu Youth Club

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

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

Andres Tolts. Landscape with Still Life
24.11.2017 – March 2018
Andres Tolts is an Estonian art classic from the second half of the 20th century. The roots of his work can be found in the conceptual revolution and pop-art aesthetics of the late 1960s. Tolts’s works examine the shifting relations between objects, spaces and pictures.
Curator: Anu Allas

Gallery of Contemporary Art
5th floor

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.
Curator: Magdalena Moskalewicz


Michel Sittow. Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe
The Great Hall
In 2018, the Art Museum of Estonia, in cooperation with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, will organise a truly magnificent exhibition on Michel Sittow (ca 1469–1525), a painter of Estonian origin who at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries became a highly valued and sought-after artist in European courts.