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Conceptually, the Kumu building is divided into public and private space. The public space includes the atrium, with ticket counters, coat checks, a shop and café, as well as exhibition halls, an auditorium, conference halls, studios for educational activities and a library. Everything that makes the activities in the public space possible takes place in the private space.
You can enter Kumu from two sides.
When you enter from Kadriorg Park, you arrive on the first floor of the building, with its 260- m² foyer, coat check and the Kumu café, which continues on the second floor. A summer café that seats 100 is also located near the park-side entrance.
On the first floor, you will also find the auditorium, which supports the museum’s basic function as an intermediary between art and culture. The auditorium seats 246 and is equipped with sound, video, film and lighting systems, and a stage that can be easily adapted for different uses.
When approaching Kumu from the Lasnamäe side, through the pedestrian tunnel and inner courtyard, you arrive in the second-floor foyer, where visitors’ services begin. In the spacious atrium (totalling 675 m²), you will find the museum information desk and ticket counter, shop, coat check and meeting rooms. From here, there is direct access to the Kumu educational centre and library.
In the educational centre, art education programmes based on the Kumu exhibitions are conducted for children, teens and adults; lectures, art studios and workshops also take place here. The participants can study under the guidance of professional artists and art teachers, and they have the use of a ceramics studio, graphics studio, general studio and an auditorium.
The specialised library in Kumu is intended to serve all art lovers.
An exhibition hall is also located on the second floor of the museum, where large expositions are organised of Estonian and international art from various periods. Art projects and concerts take place in the museum’s large inner courtyard, and works from the Art Museum of Estonia’s sculpture collection are also displayed there.
The space in the exhibition halls on the third, fourth and fifth floors is divided between permanent exhibitions and rotating exhibitions. The permanent exposition is divided in two parts. The exposition on the third floor includes the history of Estonian art from the 18th century to World War II; on the fourth floor, the art created during the Soviet occupation from 1940 to 1980 is on display. The three halls in the B wing of this floor are reserved for rotating exhibitions of the art of this period from the museum’s collection and elsewhere. The contemporary art gallery is located on the fifth floor of the museum, where rotating exhibitions of modern art are presented – rotating exhibitions because the assessments and expectations related to the dynamic modern art process, for which we lack sufficient historical distance, also change constantly.
The museum’s closed zone on the above-ground floors is primarily comprised of the offices for the Art Museum of Estonia and Kumu employees, as well as the Art Museum of Estonia’s Conservation Department.
The works of art and stocks are stored, and the preparatory work for exhibitions is done, on the underground floors.