Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect. Featuring Anu Vahtra
Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) was an American conceptual artist, who fundamentally changed the understanding of architecture. His site-specific works revealed the chaos and anarchy behind the seeming order of the urban space. Anu Vahtra’s project in the Kumu Art Museum courtyard is inspired by Matta-Clark’s activities.
Curators: Sergio Bessa (The Bronx Museum of the Arts), Jessamyn Fiore (Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark) and Anu Allas.
Sots Art and Fashion: Conceptual Clothes from Eastern Europe
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.
Curator: Liisa Kaljula
Gustav Klucis: Russian Avant-Garde Art in the 1920s–1930s
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.
Curator: Iveta Derkusova (Latvian National Museum of Art).
Tommy Cash / Rick Owens
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 Rick Owen’s exceptional costumes and Tommy Cash’s videos, complemented by new works that unite the practices of the two artists.
Curator: Kati Ilves.
Garden Exile: The Tuglas’s Home Garden Through Tanja Muravskaja’s Camera Lens
When they were in disfavour during the Soviet era, the literary figures Elo and Friedebert Tuglas found refuge in their garden: gardening helped alleviate their bitterness. The photographic artist Tanja Muravskaja searched in the garden of the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre for the Tuglas’s presence and the meaning of the garden exile today.
Curator: Elnara Taidre.
Art Museum of Estonia 100
Open Collections: The Artist Takes the Floor
On the occasion of the centenary of the Art Museum of Estonia, an examination of the museum’s collection will be organised in the Kumu’s Great Hall, the geographic and temporal dimensions of which extend from the international to the local, 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 artists intervene and provide their own versions of an era, a work or a movement, when an artist functions as a curator?
Curator: Eha Komissarov.
Estonian Legend in Paris: Maire Männik
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 2004, her son donated most of her studio legacy to the Republic of Estonia.
Curator: Juta Kivimäe.
The Conqueror’s Eye: Lisa Reihana’s In Pursuit of Venus
20.09.2019 – January 2020
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
Edith Karlson, Mary Reid Kelley and Eva Mustonen
11.10.2019 – spring 2020
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.
Silvia Jõgever and Kadi Estland
01.11.2019 – spring 2020
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.
Art Museum of Estonia 100
Creating the Self: Emancipating Women in Estonian and Finnish Art
06.12.2019 – March 2020
This large-scale exhibition focuses on the changes in women’s self-awareness and social position that started in the early 19th century, and that are reflected in the work of female artists and in the way women are depicted. The exhibition will be organised in collaboration with the Ateneum Art Museum and will present comparative Estonian and Finnish art from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century.
Curators: Anu Allas and Tiina Abel.