Exhibitions 2016

Conductors of Colour. Music and Modernity in Estonian Art
18.11.2016 – 27.08.2017
3rd floor, B-wing
The exhibition examines, for the first time, how sounds and music, for example peasant folk songs and even the clamour of cabarets, inspired such modern Estonian artists as Konrad Mägi, Eduard Wiiralt and Ado Vabbe to create “singing” landscapes and symphonies of colour.

Soviet Midnight. Raul Rajangu
16.09.2016 ─ 09.04.2017
The Project Space, 4th floor, A-wing
The early series by Raul Rajangu “Soviet Midnight” (1981–1982) borrows motifs from Soviet state albums, brochures of advertisements and family photos. Mixing Lenin, the Soviet tradition of decorating fir-trees for New Year’s Eve and the Volga (a Soviet make of car), the artist studies the innumerable paradoxes of the latter period of Soviet life.

Paul Delvaux. A Waking Dreamer
25.11.2016 ─ 12.03.2017
The Great Hall
The dream-like atmosphere of the works by this Belgian surrealist, who had a significant impact on 20th-century art, combines deeply personal motifs with quotations from art history. The exhibition is a cooperative project with the Musée d’Ixelles (Belgium).

Between the Archive and Architecture. Neeme Külm, Krista Mölder and Taavi Talve
17.09.2016 ─ 19.02.2017
5th floor, the Gallery of Contemporary Art
“Space is a doubt: I need to keep marking it, defining it; it is never mine, it has never been given to me, I must conquer it” (G. Perec). Installation artists use space as a platform, a starting point for creating new works of art.

Water Music and Other Pictures of Sound. Vladimir Tarasov
21.10.2016 ─ 12.02.2017
4th floor, B-wing
Vladimir Tarasov is a Russian musician and sound artist who lives in Lithuania. His works are experiments with sound in jazz, as well as art. A number of his best known installations are on display, including “Water Music”.

Marcel Lefrancq and Belgian Surrealist Photography
3rd floor, B-wing
Discovering the unknown in familiar things, Marcel Lefrancq applied unconventional plots, unexpected angles and a collage-like manner of execution to create works that make us see the world unlike it actually is. The exhibition will be put together in cooperation with the Charleroi Museum of Photography (Belgium).

Poetry and Spleen. The Victorian Female Image and Fashion from Alexandre Vassiliev’s Collection
The Great Hall
The 19th century was characterised by subdued and controlled femininity. In fashion, this was expressed by a new silhouette, achieved through the use of the crinoline and the corset. Black dresses became fashionable because many people were in mourning due to the high death rate of the era.

Mare Balticum. An artistic exploration of the underwater soundscape of the Baltic Sea
09.09.2016 – 30.10.2016
Mare Balticum is an artistic exploration of the underwater soundscape of the Baltic Sea. The sound installation is based on a selection of sounds recorded during a scientific investigation conducted in 2014 and 2015 by BIAS: Baltic Sea Information on the Acoustic Soundscape. Collected from thirty-eight hydrophones, these recordings were made at exactly the same moment every hour, each day, for a year; this sonic map of the Baltic enables scientists to measure the effects of human-induced sound in the ocean.

Cold Look. Variations of Hyperrealism in Estonian Art
4th floor, B-wing
In the 1970s, hyperrealism emerged in Estonian art as a paragon of conceptual painting, and skilfully outwitted the official art policy of the time, which demanded realism. Since the 1990s, hyperrealism, which uses a photographic style of rendering, has become intertwined with various trends of contemporary art.

Terra Incognita: Familiar Infinity
Inner courtyard
Terra Incognita takes Kumu’s relatively unused courtyard as its starting point. Architectural garden walks and the cosmodrome-like courtyard create the feeling of a utopian way station – and the location does connect two contrasting areas: a tunnel at one end of the garden leads to a district with Soviet architecture while stairs at the other end descend to Kadrioru park from the 18th century.

RAM. Early Estonian Computer Art

The Project Space, 4th floor, A-wing
RAM (random access memory) is the main memory of a computer, where data can be accessed by moving to different parts of the memory. The exhibition presents extracts of Estonian computer art and locally created computer games, saved in historical memory.

Kumu Hits. Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Art Museum of Estonia
5th floor, the Gallery of Contemporary Art
The Art Museum of Estonia is the biggest local collector and buyer of contemporary art. Works that qualify as hits have been selected to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kumu Art Museum. The exhibition sheds light on processes involving the museum, the artist, the audience and the work of art.

Force majeure. The Destroyed and the Disappeared in Estonian Art
3rd floor, B-wing
There is a hidden side to the visible history of Estonian art: works that were destroyed or lost, which in some cases constitute entire periods in the creative lives of artists. The conceptual exhibition presents the stories of dozens of art works that have disappeared.

Photorealism. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Painting
The Great Hall
Hyperrealism imitates in painting photographic images, and mediates a perception of the world outlined by virtual realities. The large-scale international exhibition displays the history of hyperrealism from the 1960s to the present day, including works by Chuck Close, Richard Estes and many others.

Romantic and Progressive. Stalinist Impressionism in Painting of the Baltic States in the 1940s−1950s
4th floor, B-wing
A new synthesis of classical and modern aesthetics appeared in Baltic art in the 1940s–1950s. The phenomenon known as Stalinist impressionism combined ideological demands with impressionist traditions of plein air painting.