Exhibition 2013

Lepo Mikko (1911–1978)
The Great Hall
Lepo Mikko, who graduated from the Pallas Art School in 1939, was a dedicated modernist, for whom a powerful creative stimulus was provided by the spiritual liberation and changing atmosphere during the transition from the 1950s to the 1960s.

The Sacred Modernity. Nikolai Kormashov’s Paintings from the 1960s
4th floor, B-wing
The exhibition focuses on the first decade of Nikolai Kormashov’s (1929–2012) work, where we find a combination that seems impossible at first glance: the work motifs and industrial views familiar from the official art of the day combined with the sacred aesthetics of icon painting.

Out of Sync. Looking Back at the History of Sound Art
5th floor, Gallery of Contemporary Art
From the experiments in sound culture of the first Estonian sound movies to the collaboration between Estonian composer Sven Grünberg and artist Kaarel Kurismaa, and the development of the current local sound art subculture.

The Progress of Images. Interpreting Estonian Art and Photography of the 19th-Century
3rd floor, B-wing
At this exhibition, which searches for the intersection between Estonian art and photography, one can admire the movement of motifs, parallels in composition, reality and the different forms of imitating reality, as well as the intertwining of the pictorial language and technical tools of two fields of activity focused on the recording of reality.

Notes on Space. Photos by Paul Kuimet
4th floor, A-wing, Cabinet of Prints and Drawings
During the spring, summer and autumn of 2012 Paul Kuimet photographed more than 100 monumental paintings in public spaces throughout Estonia. This was the first time that the history of Estonian monumental works of art was recorded. Kuimet’s photos frame the works in their urban and spatial context, while also highlighting the rise and fall of Estonian public space during the 20th century. The exhibition is comprised of selected photos.

Critique and Crises. Art in Europe Since 1945
The Great Hall
The international exhibition is an initial attempt to take a look at European art since 1945, without the usual ideological demarcation lines that came about with the Cold War. Twelve chapters will examine the different ways in which artists have dealt with the ideals of the Enlightenment and the belief in universal human rights, freedom, equality and democracy.

Irving Penn. Diverse Worlds
4th floor, B-wing
This exhibition, compiled by the Moderna Museet in Malmö, which is comprised of almost 100 photos, provides a survey of the still lifes, portraits and fashion photos of Irving Penn (1917–2009), a late 20th-century American photographer.

Kaljo Põllu. Estonian Landscape
4th floor, A-wing, Cabinet of Prints and Drawings
Kaljo Põllu (1934–2010) was an Estonian artist and major innovator in graphic art from the 1960s to the 1980s. In the 1970s, he created a series of prints called Estonian Landscape, using the intaglio (mezzotint) method. In Põllu’s prints, the landscape image grows into an archetype, by metamorphosing from a realistic motif into a mythological landscape.

Afterlives of Gardens
3rd floor B-wing, 5th floor, and Inner Courtyard
This international exhibition examines gardens and parks as places with nature designs by humans, and their functioning in culture and contemporary society.

BMW Art Cars
Kumu foyer and courtyard
The Goethe Institute, in cooperation with the BMW Group and Kumu Art Museum, is bringing four works of art from the extraordinary BMW Art Car Collection to Estonia. Starting on 14 April, within the framework of the German Spring culture month, cars designed by four of the world’s top artists will be on display in the Kumu courtyard and foyer.

Let’s play?!
This exhibition displays a selection of current game productions from Germany and France, representing some of Europe’s biggest markets and production sites for digital, interactive entertainment. It invites the visitor to take a playful stroll through the diverse landscape of digital games: a landscape that blurs the traditional boundaries between entertainment, learning and art.

Come In. Interior Design as a Medium of Contemporary Art in Germany
The Great Hall
The exhibition examines interior design elements and everyday objects as fundamental items in our surrounding environment. The viewer is shown a selection of German contemporary art that looks like design, but operates on the border between design and art.

Like a Face. Games with Human Images on Estonian Posters from the 1980s
4th floor, A-wing, Cabinet of Prints and Drawings
The exhibition is comprised of a playful portrait gallery of posters, the central image of which is the face and human body. These examples of posters, mostly from the 1980s, demonstrate the visual manipulations and experiments in printing techniques found in the work of Villu Järmut, Enn Kärmas, Ülo Emmus et al.

Imaginary Spaces and Urban Visions. Highlights of Japanese Animation
4th floor, B-wing
Since the success of Akira (1988) and Ghost in the Shell (1995), the Japanese anime film has been one of the most important milestones of global pop culture. The exhibition includes original drawings from Japan’s most important anime artists and directors. These works, produced between 1987 and 2009, are being displayed for the first time as individual works of art, separate from their role in the production process of the films.

Classics of the Modernist Era. Jaan Koort
3rd floor, B-wing
A survey of the work of the Estonian modernist sculptor, painter and ceramicist Jaan Koort (1883–1935), who worked in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century.

Raoul Kurvitz
5th floor, Gallery of Contemporary Art
The exhibition includes the multifaceted work of Raoul Kurvitz (b. 1961): videos, performances, paintings, installations and much more from the late 1980s to the present day. Kurvitz works in various media, and the range of topics that interest him is wide: from philosophy to pop culture. The exhibition brings Kurvitz’s most noteworthy works to viewers, and many of his works are today among the classics of Estonian contemporary art.