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Long Night of Museums: “Games in the Night”

Long Night of Museums: “Games in the Night”

Time: 20.05.17  18:00–23:00
Location: Kumu exhibition spaces
Price: Free of charge

During the Long Night of Museums on Saturday, 20 May from 6 to 11 pm* the Kumu Art Museum welcomes visitors to free exhibitions: the permanent display of Estonian art and the temporary displays Conductors of Colour. Music and Modernity in Estonian Art, Symmetrical Worlds – Mirrored Symmetries and the international project Translocal. Museum as Toolbox.

The theme for the Long Night of Museums 2017 is “Games in the Night”, inspired by the Year of Children’s and Youth Culture 2017.

3rd floor

The permanent display of Estonian art spans two floors at the Kumu Art Museum. The third floor exhibition Treasury gives visitors a chance to enjoy the classics of Estonian art from the 18th century until the end of World War II. The exhibition provides an overview of the most important masters in Estonian art history: Johann Köler, Kristjan Raud, Konrad Mägi, Ants Laikmaa and Nikolai Triik.

The exhibition in Wing B – The Conductors of Colour. Music and Modernity in Estonian Art – brings together music and art. The curator, the young American art historian Bart C. Pushaw, has put together a display that serves as an introduction to the significance of music and art and their relations in Estonian cultural history. The exhibition explores how music and sound – from the ancient strumming of Vanemuine’s golden kannel and chants of regilaulud to the modern clatter of cafés and the abstraction of the Jazz Age – have transformed modern visual culture in Estonia.

4th floor

Last year the Kumu Art Museum opened a new permanent display on the 4th floor, Conflicts and Adaptations. Estonian Art of the Soviet Era (1940–1991). The exhibition is one possible way of looking at art from the mid-20th century onwards, the major themes being the conflicts with and adaptations to the new political regime after World War II.

In the Project Room at the end of the permanent display, the visitors can see the exhibition Alone/Together, which has been put together in cooperation with the Kumu Youth Club as part of the international project Translocal. Museum as Toolbox.

The Wing B exhibition Symmetrical Worlds – Mirrored Symmetries. Ülo Sooster, Juri Sobolev, Tõnis Vint and Raul Meel also deals with post-World War II art, covering the artistic contacts between Moscow and Tallinn from the 1960s to the 1980s. The exhibition includes the central figures of the era – Ülo Sooster, Juri Sobolev, Tõnis Vint and Raul Meel – as well as the more innovative parts of their oeuvre, which were linked to the literature on popular science and the adoption of specific audio-visual solutions.


6–10 pm Games in the Courtyard: independent orienteering in the Kumu courtyard.

6.30–10 pm Games with Paper: everyone is welcome to participate in the bookmark workshop in the Kumu Education Centre. The workshop teaches the making of bookmarks inspired by your favourite characters, bringing literature back to life.

6.30–1015 pm Games in the Exhibition Halls: Kumu employees and members of the Kumu Youth Club talk about different works of art on display related to the theme of games and playing. Talks in Estonian take place every hour on the hour, and talks in Russian every hour on the half hour.

The following exhibitions will be closed during the Long Night of Museums: Anu Põder. Be Fragile! Be Brave!, on the 5th floor of the Contemporary Art Gallery, and Jüri Okas, in the Great Hall of the art museum.

The Reval Café at Kumu will also stay open until late at night and serve something special to visitors of the Long Night of Museums.
The Kumu Shop will be open until 9 pm.

Entry to the museum until 10.30 pm for all of those queued up. Visitors can leave their cars for free in the Kumu parking lot on Valge Street.