Exhibitions 2015

Saga. Iceland: Art and Narrative
09.10.2015 – 20.03.2016
5th floor, Gallery of Contemporary Art
The exhibition consists of some of the most significant works by different generations of Icelandic artists, who are seconded by international artists who have worked in Iceland, such as Cindy Sherman. Among others, the display includes works of art by Björk, Olafur Eliasson and Erró.

Ryoji Ikeda. Supersymmetry
11.12.2015 – 28.02.2016
The Great Hall
Ryoji Ikeda is a Japanese audio and visual artist whose substantial installation “supersymmetry” uses mathematical algorithms to create spatial sensations. The work is a part of a larger series to be completed in 2014–2015.

Ants Laikmaa. Vigala and Capri
11.09.2015 – 17.02.2016
3rd floor, B-wing
Ants Laikmaa (1866–1942) was one of the most colourful personalities in Estonian art history. From his multiple travels, he brought back a fresh look that supported his ambitious efforts aimed at enhancing cultural life in his homeland. Laikmaa’s depictions of people and landscapes record experiences that were important to the artist.

Silence d’Or. Ilmar Laaban and Experiments in Sound and Language
04.09.2015–03.01.2016. 4th floor, B-wing
Ilmar Laaban was known as a poet in Estonia. After emigrating to Sweden, he joined the experimental music group Fylkingen. Laaban wrote his first phonetic poem in 1967, at a time when experiments with sound and text had started to reverberate globally.

Concordia Klar and Peeter Ulas
13.08.2015 – 31.12.2015
4th floor, A-wing, the Prints Room of the Kumu Art Museum
Early visionary drawings by the printmaker couple Concordia Klar (1938–2004) and Peeter Ulas (1934–2008) predicted the growing interest in Surrealism in Estonian art from the 1960s to the 1980s.

The Force of Nature. Realism and the Düsseldorf School of Painting
The Great Hall
The exhibition is dedicated to the idea of closeness to reality, which was prevalent in the 19th century, with a focus on the oeuvre of influential Estonian artists who studied and worked at the Düsseldorf Art Academy: Eduard von Gebhardt, Eugen Dücker, Oskar Hoffmann, Paul Raud and others.

Home and Away. Raymond Pettibon: Living the American Dream. Marko Mäetamm: Feel at Home
5th floor, Gallery of Contemporary Art
The internationally renowned R. Pettibon (US) and M. Mäetamm (Estonia) force the viewer to face the hard realities of life. Mäetamm does this through the kitchen and bedroom, while Pettibon (who also has Estonian roots) looks at the US and its relations to the rest of the world.

Jaromír Funke and Avant-garde Photography in Czechoslovakia 1900–1950
3rd floor, B-wing
The group exhibition centres around the pioneer of Czech avant-garde photography, Jaromír Funke, who was an excellent example of a radical and constantly evolving artistic type. His oeuvre includes both Cubist experiments with form and “emotional photography”.

Art Revolution 1966
4th floor, B-wing
In 1966, several ground-breaking exhibitions were organised in Tallinn and Tartu, where the works on display daringly distanced themselves from the canon of official Soviet art. This exhibition focuses on the attempts of young artists to expand the borders of realism.

Metamorphoses of the Black Square. Interpretations of Malevich’s Work in Estonian Art
4th floor, A-wing, the Prints Room of the Kumu Art Museum
This year the painting Black Square by Kazimir Malevich (1878–1935), an icon of 20th-century art, reaches its 100th anniversary. We celebrate the centenary by recalling the historical events that led to the creation of this influential art work and by looking at the interpretations of Black Square in Estonian art.

Hilma af Klint. A Pioneer of Abstraction
The Great Hall
The Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) was one of the most innovative artists of the early 20th century. Her mystical oeuvre opens doors to planes that are invisible to the eye. Her unique works of art were dedicated to future audiences and were kept a secret from the artist’s contemporaries.

Art Museum at the Airport: Sculptor Mati Karmin
The old terminal of the Tallinn Airport
Estonians know Mati Karmin as the creator of large-scale sculptures, and more than 20 of his works decorate the cities and settlements of Estonia. Mati Karmin has brought majesty, dynamism and stylisation to Estonian sculpture. His fine art sculptures, with their experimental materials and thematic approaches, have always been eye-catching.

Death and Beauty. The Contemporary Gothic in Art and Visual Culture
5th floor, Gallery of Contemporary Art
The exhibition focuses on macabre topics and their relations to the world of beauty and glamour in the art and visual culture in the 1990s. The main connecting thread is the body: how it can be manipulated and (ab)used in visual-cultural practices.

History of Estonian Printmaking: 1860–1944
3rd floor, B-wing
The exhibition serves as an homage to the rich tradition of Estonian printmaking in the 1860s–1940s. The exposition consists of the most remarkable works of the noteworthy masters of this period: Eugen Dücker, Kristjan Raud, Eduard Wiiralt, Aino Bach and many others.