Exhibitions 2007

Leonhard Lapin. Codes

5th floor
With this exhibition, Leonhard Lapin celebrates his 60th birthday. His Codes-series, started in 2003, is basing on one of the most substantial symbols of contemporary world – commercial bar codes that the artist has processed and used as the underlying structure in his paintings and prints.

Landscapes by Joan Miró
The Great Hall
The exposition of internationally recognized 20th century Spanish artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) in Kumu is exceptional for a number of reasons. It is the first time for Kumu to host such a name, but the fact also demonstrates our potential to bring the pearls of European art history to Estonia. 57 works are displayed, including graphic art, sculptures and 8 photos. All exhibits come from the Pilar I Joan Miró Foundation in Mallorca.

Quobo. Art in Berlin 1989-1999
5th floor
The art of painting, prevailing in West-Berlin until then, was replaced with conceptual activities, space-specific objects and performances by the new generation, enriched with the art and music life that had stayed in opposition in East-Berlin until then.

Light Garden. Esa Laurema
Esa Laurema is a successful combination of a great artist and a crafty engineer. His larger and smaller objects share the same rhythm with the rooms they’re in, creating endless kinetic light patterns.

Archives in Translation. Virtual documenta
4th floor, B-wing
“Archives in Translation” is an experimental research project of Kumu Art Museum made up of four exhibitions held from autumn 2007 to autumn 2008 and attempting to provide a fresh outlook on some historically fixed dogmas and mental burdens.

Continuous Past. Signs of the Soviet Era in Recent Estonian Art
4th floor A-wing, Project Space
The exhibition deals with Soviet approaches in Estonian art of the 1990s and 2000s. During the last fifteen years, memories and visions of recent history have taken various forms, starting with the wish to forget the past in the first half of the 1990s to the rediscovery of the everyday life and material environment of the Soviet period at the beginning of the 2000s. The nature and meaning of the signs of the Soviet era in works of art often depend on the artist’s personal experiences, and the links between personal and “great” history.

Metaphor and Myth. Literary and Historical Motifs in the Polish Art at the Turn of the 19th Century

3rd floor, B-wing
The core idea of the exhibition is to introduce centuries-old Poland to the audience who might not know the canons of Polish history, literature and art. This principle has affected the subject matter and structure of the exhibition, being also related to other purposes like pinpointing the links between fine arts and literature.

14th Tallinn Print Triennial
5th floor and Great Hall
14th Print Triennial will take place in Tallinn. The topic of this triennial is “Political/Poetical” and works are displayed at four locations. Tallinn Print Triennial is the best-known international art event in Estonia. Its history dates back to 1968. The author of the general concept of this triennial is Anders Härm.

Hansabank Group Art Award. Transverse
1st floor lobby
Valdas Ozarinskas presents a specifically applied installation in every city – Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, where according to the rules of creation of an “open artwork” audio, video, urbanism, design, architecture, texts and other forms merge together.

Archives in Translation. Biennial of Dissent ‘77
4th floor, B-wing
“Archives in Translation” is an experimental research project of Kumu Art Museum made up of four exhibitions held from autumn 2007 to autumn 2008 and attempting to provide a fresh outlook on some historically fixed dogmas and mental burdens.

Ars Baltica. Triennial of Photographic Art
5th floor
Since the beginning of the 1990s, Ars Baltica has been the explorer and presenter of the newest photographic art in the Baltic countries. The periodic survey exhibitions are important photography events.

Henn Roode – Modernist Despite Fate
The Great Hall
Today, one is perhaps no longer surprised that, in the 1960s, in defiance of the Soviet occupation, it was possible to believe as earnestly, devotedly, and productively in modern art as did Henn Roode. However, what is intriguing is his ability to fuse official Soviet art doctrine and modernist artistic idiom with such serious conviction.

Passion. The Early Work of Eduard Wiiralt
3rd floor, B-wing
Eduard Wiiralt’s rich world of images provides an opportunity to weave various thematic connections from his works. This exposition of one of the most popular Estonian artists, compiled on the basis of an exhibit that took place at the Félicien Rops Museum in Belgium, reflects human desires and the obscure states of consciousness, passion and visions of sin.

Level 07. Works by students of the Estonian Academy of Arts
The Great hall
The exhibition is part of the traditional Estonian Academy of Arts springtime event, which for the first time reaches four main exhibition spots  in Tallinn: Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design,  Design and Architecture Gallery,  Estonian Academy of Arts Gallery, and Kumu Art Museum.

The Return Of The Memory. New Art from Russia
5th floor
In the 1990s, the entire world followed the developments in Russian art. On a European performance tour, Kulik the human dog, bit the legs of Europeans and kept the Russian issue hot. In 2000s, the ongoing developments in Russian art are being introduced by the internationally renowned Moscow curator, Viktor Misiano, with various exhibitions at Kumu, Kiasma, and the Prato Museum in Italy.

Priit Pärn
4th floor, A-wing, Project Space
Priit Pärn is clearly Estonia’s most famous artist, whose animated films have plucked international prizes for years. Pärn’s name should also not be unfamiliar in Finland. In 2007, Kumu will dedicate an entire series of events to Pärn. The most extensive is an exhibition that introduces Pärn as a drawer. Pärn, who was educated as a biologist, entered the Soviet Estonian film machine already in the 1970s, and according to the practice of the day, he drew hundreds of versions of the frames for his films. Pärn as a drawer is a phenomenon, his cartoons were awaited by all of Estonia, although the best of them were forbidden, and even entire newspaper editions were destroyed as a result.

Jaan Toomik
The Great Hall
The exhibition of Jaan Toomik consists of new works. Nevertheless there was a video from an earlier period in which he recognized something crucial to the present – an outburst of fundamentalist ideas, exhalted communal spirit and religous sectantarianism. Be it our key, a starting point.

Paul McCarthy in Kumu
5th floor
The Kumu Contemporary Art Gallery is exhibiting the works of renowned and controversial US video artist, performance art, and sculptor Paul McCarthy (b.1945).

The Parenthetic 1980s
4th floor, B-wing
Although many artists worked in various styles in the 1980s, the essence of this period is the presentation of personal mythologies and myths of national heroes, which was a return to the romantic nationalism of the 19th century. This must also be viewed in a political context, because the 1980s was a period when a wave of Russification collided with the ideology of national liberation. As such, art fulfilled its social function through mythologies, by presenting the attitudes and mentality of the period. This development had no preface or sequel, and therefore the exhibition is treated as if it were parenthetical, separate from the rest of art in the eighties. Such attitudes were alien to the subsequent decade.