Exhibitions 2014

The Tartu Circle and Ülo Sooster
05.12.2014 – 29.03.2015
4th floor, B-wing
The exhibition examines the creative connections between a circle of Tartu artists, comprised of the last graduates of the Pallas Art School, and Ülo Sooster, the legendary Estonian artist, who was active in the Moscow underground scene in the 1960s.

Richard Kaljo. Tales in Prints and Letters
26.09.2014 – 15.03.2015

From the School of Arts and Crafts to the Academy of Arts. A Hundred Years of Art Education in Tallinn
5.11.2014 – 22.02.2015
The Great Hall
The Estonian Academy of Arts and its predecessors have formed a stronghold of reactionary and progressive forces: an ideologically loyal institution, a centre of subversion, a nationalist and internationalist school and, overall, an exciting player in Estonian culture.

Telling Tales. Swiss and Baltic Artists
21.11.2014 – 1.02.2015

5th floor, Gallery of Contemporary Art
The exhibition brings together Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Swiss artists with different backgrounds, who tell their stories based on their collective history and their personal narratives.

A Moveable Feast. Art Deco Fashion Design from Alexandre Vassiliev’s Collection
11.10.2014 – 18.01.2015
3rd floor, B-wing
This exhibition of the collection of Alexandre Vassiliev (1958) – fashion historian, interior designer, set designer and fashion promoter – focuses on the post-World War I decade, characterised by spiritual and physical liberation.

Our Modernism. Estonian Sculpture in the 1960s–1970s
4th floor, B-wing
The new ideas of these exceptional decades required new sculptural forms and materials. The new aesthetic contrasted boldly with the fossilised canons of Soviet ideology, bringing innovative ideas and technological solutions to Estonian sculpture.

Merike Estna and I’m a painting
5th floor, Gallery of Contemporary Art
Two closely related exhibitions – Merike Estna’s solo project and an international group exhibition – both deal with expanding the genre-related boundaries of painting. The installational painting practices that combine various media comprise a total spatial installation, in which many well-known artists participate.

Raul Meel. Dialogues with Infinity
The Great Hall
Starting in the 1960s and 1970s, the work of Raul Meel (1941) has expanded into a giant universe comprised of many historical influences and artistic backgrounds. This exhibition surveys Meel’s contribution to the development of Estonian conceptual art.

Nikolai Triik. Classics of the Modernist Era
3rd floor, B-wing
Nikolai Triik (1884–1940) was one of the most prominent and avant-garde Estonian artists in the early 20th century. The exhibition, which is dedicated to the 130th anniversary of his birth, is the first large survey exhibition of Triik’s work in 30 years.

Marju Mutsu. A Moment Captured in Etching
4th floor, A-wing, the Prints Room of the Kumu Art Museum
The exhibition of Marju Mutsu’s (b. 6 July 1941, d. 4 January 1980) prints at the Kumu Art Museum is a selection of the artist’s etchings, with a focus on the phenomenon of time, as well as the artist’s ability to capture the fleeting moment. Marju Mutsu’s moments contain both captured glances and inner turmoil, as well as the primeval beauty of nature. The artist, who was surrounded by the enchantment of youth, looked at the world with a mature and observant eye. Her oeuvre raises serious questions but also offers visual enjoyment.

Art museum at the airport: sculptor Mare Mikof
Tallinn Airport’s old terminal
Mare Mikof (b. 1941) is one of the most outstanding contemporary sculptors in Estonia. She came to the art scene in the early 1970s, when a new aesthetics, which touched all the areas of art, also permeated the developing sculpture. Her first creative years were influenced by hyperrealism and Pop art, which blended with her grotesque concept of the human being. To this day, the artist structures a number of her composition as humorous stagings.

EXPERIMENTAL ARRANGEMENT – the experiment needs a stage
Kumu backyard
In the flood of exhibitions we see, between all the art discourses and crises, the suctcesses and failures, the challenges and the productivity, between all the locations where we test ourselves, and the conflict we take part in, there is always the question of one’s own artistic identity.

Visvaldis Ziediņš (1942–2007). Rewriting Latvian Art History
4th floor, B-wing
Is a great and revolutionary discovery possible in art history today? One example is the designer Visvaldis Ziediņš (1942–2007), who worked in Liepaja, Latvia and whose legacy of 3,000 works was previously unknown to the Latvian public.

Literacy – Illiteracy. The 16th Tallinn Print Triennial
5th floor, Gallery of Contemporary Art
Today, the concept of literacy has acquired a broader meaning. Not just limited to reading and writing skills, it includes various types of literacy, including visual literacy: the ability to understand and use symbols, pictures and images.

Electromagnetic. Modern Art in Northern Europe 1918–1931
3rd floor, B-wing
The exhibition focuses on the identity searches of the artists in Scandinavia and the Baltics during the 1920s, at a time when the world was sizzling with modern art trends. Berlin and Paris were the magnet cities that synthesised various impulses.

Dénes Farkas. Evident in Advance
The exhibition by the post-conceptualist artist Dénes Farkas is like an imaginarium created using contemporary language.