Art Walk

Drop-in guided tours in English

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Wondering where to spend your free time?

Looking for new experiences and entertainment that have lasting impact?

Come and explore the biggest art museum in Estonia!

The Kumu Art Museum offers you a great opportunity to spend your leisure time in a vibrant artistic space. On the last Sunday of every month, we offer a special drop-in guided tour that will introduce one of our latest exhibitions. Through our museum mediators, you can gain deeper insight into art and history.

At Kumu, you can explore art from the end of the 18th century up to the freshest art works, straight from artists’ studios to exhibition halls. Half of the rotating exhibitions deal with Estonian art, and the other half are international in scope. Kumu itself is a magnificent building, created to surprise and impress its visitors. It is located between the Baroque-style Kadriorg park and the Lasnamäe suburb, with its panel blocks of flats. Being the biggest art space in Estonia, Kumu’s role is to be both an educational and entertainment centre, a booster of art and artistic life, a place for reflection, and a creator and interpreter of meanings.

On the last Sunday of every month at 3 pm (NB! check the exact schedule, because national holidays might effect this!).

The meeting point is at the museum ticket office.
Tours are free with museum admission!
Duration 45 min

Michel Sittow. Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe
17.06.2018 at 3pm

29.07.2018 at 3pm
26.08.2018 at 3pm

This international cooperation project between Europe and the United States brings Michel Sittow’s (ca 1469–1525) rare works of art from renowned museums and private collections from all over the world to the artist’s first individual exhibition. It is a unique platform to introduce the oeuvre of an extraordinary artist to a wider audience and to provide opportunities for further study of his works. Through some 20 works, representing most of Sittow’s small oeuvre, the exhibition will offer an opportunity to examine his art in a broader context, including Sittow’s possible collaboration with Juan de Flandes and his relationship to his Netherlandish contemporaries.

Archaeology of the Screen
30.09.2018 at 3pm
Artists from different generations examine the relationships between the screen and art before and after the dawn of the computer age.

Kaarel Kurismaa. Yellow Light Orchestra
28.10.2018 at 3pm
A large retrospective of the pioneer of Estonian kinetic and sound art. You can see light and sound installations, animated films and objects created for public spaces.

Konrad Mägi
25.11.2018 at 3 pm
The paintings of one of the most outstanding Estonian artists depict nature as a place of mystery. Konrad Mägi took a very unique approach to synthesising the art trends of the early 20th century.

Symbolism in the Art of the Baltic States
30.12.2018 at 3 pm
The display features the oeuvre of a number of symbolist artists from the Baltic countries, such as Janis Rozentāls, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Kristjan Raud and others.

The X-Files [Registry of the Nineties]
27.01.2019 at 3pm
The key concepts of the 1990s are cultural discontinuation and the replacement of well-established customs and objectives with new ones. The exhibition investigates the art history of the era, examining some of its lesser-known and ignored aspects.

Kumu Birthday Special – admission 3€!
17.02.2019 at 3pm
On Kumu’s birthday the oeuvre of Kaarel Kurismaa – the pioneer of Estonian kinetic and sound art – will be of special interest. First we will visit the permanent exhibition “Conflicts and Adaptations. Estonian Art of the Soviet Era (1940–1991)” to investigate the work of his contemporaries. From there we will continue to the special exhibition “Kaarel Kurismaa. Yellow Light Orchestra” to see his light and sound installations, animated films and objects created for public spaces. The tour will be a good introduction to the Evening of Experimental Art that kicks off at 5 pm.

Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect. Featuring Anu Vahtra
31.03.2019 at 3pm
Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) was an American artist, who changed the understanding of architecture. His site-specific works revealed the chaos and anarchy behind the seeming order of the urban space. Vahtra’s project is inspired by Matta-Clark’s activities.

Gustav Klucis: Russian Avant-Garde Art in the 1920s–1930s
28.04 at 3 pm
A retrospective of the work of the Latvian artist Gustav Klucis (1895–1938), one of the greats of Constructivist and Russian agitprop art. The exhibition provides a survey of the artist’s experimental work, which employed innovative graphic design and photo montage in the service of both propaganda and the avant-garde.

Sots Art and Fashion: Conceptual Clothes from Eastern Europe
26.05 at 3 pm
Sots art developed in Moscow in the early 1970s, when for the first time in the history of unofficial art, artists drew inspiration from previously despised Soviet visual culture. During the later years of perestroika, the ironic Soviet style unexpectedly blossomed in East European fashion.

Tommy Cash / Rick Owens
30.06 at 3 pm
The saturnine style of the American fashion designer Rick Owens and the creative work of the Estonian weirdo-rapper Tommy Cash share a fascination with the destructive and slightly deformed body. Diabolical in fashion shows and shocking in music videos, this neo-goth trend is represented at the exhibition by Owen’s costumes and Cash’s videos, complemented by new works that unite the practices of the two artists.

Open Collections: The Artist Takes the Floor
28.07 at 3 pm
On the occasion of the centenary of the Art Museum of Estonia, an exhibition of hits will be installed in Kumu’s Great Hall, including art that is international and local, and dates from the Middle Ages to the present day. All of the popular approaches to art history owe their emergence to the museum. But what happens when an artist functions as a curator?

Open Collections: The Artist Takes the Floor
25.08 at 3 pm
On the occasion of the centenary of the Art Museum of Estonia, an exhibition of hits will be installed in Kumu’s Great Hall, including art that is international and local, and dates from the Middle Ages to the present day. All of the popular approaches to art history owe their emergence to the museum. But what happens when an artist functions as a curator?

Estonian Legend in Paris: Maire Männik
29.09 at 3 pm
Maire Männik (1922–2003) was a sculptor who lived and worked in Paris for decades after World War II and studied with the famous Russian-French artist Ossip Zadkine. In her work, she combined motifs of nature with abstract elements. In 200 4, her son donated most of her studio legacy to the Republic of Estonia.

Open Collections: The Artist Takes the Floor
27.10 at 3 pm
On the occasion of the centenary of the Art Museum of Estonia, an exhibition of hits will be installed in Kumu’s Great Hall, including art that is international and local, and dates from the Middle Ages to the present day. All of the popular approaches to art history owe their emergence to the museum. But what happens when an artist functions as a curator?

The Conqueror’s Eye: Lisa Reihana’s In Pursuit of Venus
24.11 at 3 pm
The exhibition focuses on Lisa Reihana’s powerful video work In Pursuit of Venus , which represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale in 20 17. The point of departure for In Pursuit of Venus is formed by the visual materials of the 19th century and the colonialist view of nature and colonial populations. Similar examples exist in the Baltic-German pictorial legacy.

Creating the Self: Emancipating Women in Estonian and Finnish Art
29.12 at 3 pm
Organised in cooperation with the Ateneum Art Museum, the exhibition presents Estonian and Finnish art from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century that reflects the changes in women’s self-awareness and social position that started in the early 19th century.

Edith Karlson, Mary Reid Kelley and Eva Mustonen
26.01.2020 at 3 pm
The exhibition brings together three artists whose work deals with the topics of materiality and storytelling. The latter are expressed in the artists’ written texts, treatments of literary classics and historical narratives, as well as in visual images.