Andres Tolts is an Estonian art classic from the second half of the 20th century. The roots of his work can be found in the conceptual revolution and pop-art aesthetics of the late 1960s. Tolts’s works examine the shifting relations between objects, spaces and pictures.
Curator: Anu Allas
“Do you remember the thing we saw, my soul, that summer morning, so beautiful, so soft: at a turning in the path, a filthy carrion, on a bed sown with stones” (Ch. Baudelaire trans. Jack Collings Squire). Through the ages, along with everything beautiful, artists and writers have been captivated by ugliness and depravity. The darker side of life fascinated the legendary poet Charles Baudelaire. His morbid, but elegant world of thoughts and feelings inspired Estonian artists in the early 20th century.
Curator: Lola-Annabel Kass
The viewer is presented with kinds of travel and migration from the past and present of Eastern Europe, which are supplemented by the travel mythologies of Estonian artists. Part of this witty project, which plays with memories, was exhibited at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Curator: Magdalena Moskalewicz
The exhibition includes works by the world-famous German expressionists E. L. Kirchner, E. Nolde, F. Marc, V. Kandinsky and others from the early 20th century. Their work shook the European art world by presenting unprecedented colours, emotions and spirituality. The exhibition also searches for traces of wildness in Estonian art.
Curator: Detmar Westhoff
Since the late 1960s, Mare Vint’s minimalist landscapes with architectonic elements have focused on space and silence. Jaanus Samma’s new works are inspired by Mare Vint’s work.
Curator: Anu Allas
Art history is not only comprised of art works, but also of events, spaces, relationships and processes. The photographers who have recorded the Estonian art and culture scene (Jaan Klõšeiko, Jüri Tenson, Kalju Suur and others.) are not only intermediaries but creators.
Curator: Anu Allas
Known mostly as an accomplished architect, Jüri Okas is a member of the 1970s generation of avant-garde artists. His detached attitude toward the official art of the day introduced minimalism, land art and neo-conceptualism into Estonian art instead of the depiction of reality.
Coordinators: Sirje Helme, Ragne Soosalu
Anu Põder. Be Fragile! Be Brave!
Anu Põder is one of the most distinctive contemporary Estonian sculptors and installation artists. Having started in the 1970s, Põder deals with human psychology and senses and, unlike most of her contemporaries, she avoided depicting Soviet Estonia.
Curator: Rebeka Põldsam
Symmetrical Worlds – Mirrored Symmetries. Ülo Sooster, Juri Sobolev, Tõnis Vint and Raul Meel
The exhibition examines the thinking and creative dialogue of the unofficial artists in Tallinn and Moscow during the Soviet period. The significant common denominator of the four renowned artists is the synthesising of art and science in their works.
Curators: Anna Romanova and Eha Komissarov
The Project Space: The project’s Translocal: Museum as Toolbox exhibition Alone/Together
An exhibition completed as the final result of the international collaborative project started in 2015, which has been assembled by the members of the Kumu Youth Club.
Curators: Triin Tulgiste and members of the Kumu Youth Club
PULSE, an exhibition of fashion designs by students at the Estonian Academy of Arts
From 20 May to 20 June, PULSE, an exhibition of fashion designs by students at the Estonian Academy of Arts, will be on display in the pedestrian tunnel at the Kumu Art Museum. The exhibition was organised under the creative guidance of the fashion designer Liisi Eesmaa. An exhibition of this type is being organised for the first time in the tunnel. At the core of the students’ creations is playing with experimental forms and non-traditional materials in a utopian and fantasy-filled context. The material that provides the point of departure for the exhibition is the red carpet familiar to us from fashion shows and galas.
Showcase has a history as an exhibition space that takes contemporary art out of art centres. Mikk-Artur Ostrov’s artwork displays a corruption of this artistic idea through the artist’s need for self-actualization.