Art Museum of Estonia 100. Creating the Self: Emancipating Woman in Estonian and Finnish Art
This is the largest exposition of artworks by Estonian female artists. It sheds light on a great deal of little-known material and establishes a dialogue with the works of Finnish female artists. The exhibition is the result of collaboration with the Ateneum Art Museum.
During the Art Museum of Estonia’s 100th year of operation, Kumu has focused on female artists. This exhibition focuses on the changes in the self-awareness and social positions of women that started in the 19th century and are echoed in the activities of female artists, as well as in the way women are depicted. Works by Julie Hagen Schwarz, Sally von Kügelgen, Karin Luts, Natalie Mei, Lydia Mei, Aino Bach, Olga Terri, Maria Wiik, Helene Schjerfbeck, Sigrid Schauman, Elga Sesemann, Ellen Thesleff, Tove Jansson, Tuulikki Pietilä and others will be on display.
Anglers. Silvia Jõgever and Kadi Estland
The exhibition addresses topical women’s issues by bringing together the works of artists of two different generations. With the help of empathy and absurdity, women are viewed against the background of social blows and in the context of real and grim stories.
Curator: Eda Tuulberg.
Do Come in, the Door is Open! Edith Karlson, Mary Reid Kelley and Eva Mustonen
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.
Curator: Triin Tulgiste.
The Conqueror’s Eye: Lisa Reihana’s In Pursuit of Venus
The exhibition focuses on Lisa Reihana’s powerful video work In Pursuit of Venus, which represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale in 2017. 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.
Curators: Kadi Polli and Eha Komissarov
Permanent Exhibition: Treasury
Classics of Estonian Art from the Beginning of the 18th Century until the End of the Second World War.
The rooms of permanent exhibition are filled with the early classics of Estonian art from the 18th century until the end of the Second World War. As the exhibition moves from one topic to another – from a work of an anonymous Baltic-German portrait artist to Johann Köler, Kristjan Raud and Konrad Mägi, and on to the Group of Estonian Artists, Pallas School – a visitor can also detect cultural processes characteristic to Western Europe. The exhibition tracks down changes in the Estonian mentality as well as in art styles. It consists of both masterpieces that already have established a place in the collective memory of Estonians and works that have until now been waiting in the depositories to be displayed.
Permanent Exhibition: Conflicts and Adaptations. Estonian Art of the Soviet Era (1940–1991)
Estonian Art from the End of the Second World War Until Re-Independence.
The new permanent exposition focusses on the complicated relationship between art and its environment, and presents the various countenances of the era and the altering roles of art, which include depicting the surrounding reality, taking a stand against it, and creating alternative realities.