Exhibitions 2012

Avo Keerend and Evi Tihemets. Colour in Estonian Graphic Art
4th floor, A-wing, Cabinet of Prints and Drawings
After the rough style of the 1960s had exhausted itself, pure colours and geometrical forms appeared in Estonian graphic art. Powerful colours conveyed faith in progress and optimism, and graphic art was enhanced by pop art and abstract expressionism.

IRWIN. Construction of the Context
4th floor, B-wing
The group of artists called IRWIN emerged in 1983 from the Ljubljana punk and graffiti culture. Besides the band Laibach, it favours the tendency which focuses on the fine arts of the group Neue Slowenische Kunst.

Fashion and the Cold War
The Great Hall
The exhibition studies the habits of dressing in Soviet Estonia in the 1950s–1970s and the dialogue with Western fashion. Fashion was, without doubt, the most successful border-crosser in the Cold War.

Geometrical Man. The Group of Estonian Artists and Art Innovation in the 1920s and 1930s
3rd floor, B-wing
The exhibition examines the work of the avant-garde Group of Estonian Artists, who were active in the 1920s. This is viewed in the wider context of modernism, which also manifested itself in furniture and theatre design, and elsewhere.

Archaeology and the Future of Estonian Art Scenes
5th floor, Gallery of Contemporary Art
The exhibition approaches Estonian art from the point of view of places, mapping art in Tartu, Pärnu and Tallinn via their history and self-determination. The art scene as a system of joint landmarks unites artists according to their attitudes and beliefs.

Jüri Kaarma. The Black Horse and Other Drawings
4th floor, A-wing, Cabinet of Prints and Drawings
The one-room exhibition introduces the early work, from the 1970s, of the designer Jüri Kaarma (1950–2011), and the series of charcoal drawings Deaths and Entrances, which is here presented for the first time.

Speed of Darkness and Other Stories
5th floor, Gallery of Contemporary Art
Speed of Darkness and Other Stories is an exhibition that is comprised of works by Finnish, Latvian and Estonian artists, and that has been organised in cooperation between the Turku Museum, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and the Kumu Art Museum. Speed of Darkness (curator Jaakko Niemelä), which until recently was open in Finland, has now arrived in Estonia and, at the initiative of Eha Komissarov, an exhibition entitled Other Stories has been added, in which the same topic is interpreted by a separate group of artists from Finland and Estonia. The impetus for initiating the simultaneous project came from the sensitive expression “speed of darkness”, which was employed by Jaakko Niemelä, and which generated the idea of searching for new points of departure in the Estonian language and art space for the interpretation of darkness. The speed of darkness attributes to darkness the characteristics that describe the spread of light, and directs artists with various backgrounds and practices to create new cultural texts.

Tõnis Vint and His Aesthetic Universe
4th floor, B-wing
The exhibition summarises some tendencies in the work of Tõnis Vint (b. 1942), a key figure in Soviet Estonian art. It is characterised by aesthetic universalism and aspirations to create a harmonious visual environment.

A Romantic View. 19th Century Dutch and Belgian Painting from the Rademakers Collection
The Great Hall
The collection was compiled by Jef Rademakers, a former television producer, with superb intuition, offering all genres and shades of the diverse romanticism of Netherlandish art.

Undiscovered Masterpieces. Russian Art from the Collections of the Baltic Countries
3rd floor, B-wing
The exhibition presents an overview of singular paintings of the second half of the 19th century, focusing on the work of the Peredvizhniki artists (Perov, Repin, Shiskin, Kramskoi, Kassatkin, Levitan and others).

SPATIUM. Danish Contemporary Art
5th floor, Gallery of Contemporary Art
Site-specific exhibition of 10 young prominent Danish artists, who work in various media: video, sound, sculpture, painting and installation. The viewer can enjoy witty solutions and an opportunity to rediscover the world of illusions.

I, Painter Šarūnas
4th floor, B-wing
Šarūnas Sauka (b. 1958) paints infinite hell: with a human face, behaviour and mind. He is exceptional in Lithuanian as well as in world art, like all artists-heretics.

Kaido Ole. Handsome Hero and Plenty of Still Lifes
The Great Hall
The Estonian painter Kaido Ole (b. 1963) is on his own in the big exhibition hall, like Palle in the well-known Danish children’s book. Out of solitude emerges a world where still lifes and brand new large paintings, specially produced for this show, dominate.