Art Walk: Drop-in guided tour in English
|Location:||Kumu exhibition spaces|
|Price:||Participation with museum ticket|
Children of the Flowers of Evil. Estonian Decadent Art
“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.
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.
The meeting point is at the museum ticket office.
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.
Eduard Wiiralt. Artist. 1917. Art Museum of Estonia