Kumu 17! 17/02/2023 – 19/02/2023

Kumu Art Museum
Birthday special

Tickets available at ticket office

Kujunduses on kasutatud detaile teosest: Illustratsioon A. Postelsi ja F. J. Ruprechti raamatule „Illustrationes algarum“ (Vetikate pildid). Peterburi, 1840. Tallinna Ülikooli Akadeemiline Raamatukogu
Theme event

Kumu 17!

Art or science? Come to Kumu’s birthday and find out!

Join us for the Kumu Art Museum’s anniversary celebrations from 17 to 19 February.
This year the special anniversary programme centres around the exhibition Art or Science, which explores the relationship between art and science in Estonia from a historical perspective.

The connections between art and science are attracting increasingly more attention, as shown by several research and exhibition projects worldwide. The historical links between the two worlds, however, seem largely neglected. The exhibition Art or Science focuses on visualisation in the natural and medical sciences in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition has been organised in collaboration between the University of Tartu Museum, the Art Museum of Estonia and the Estonian Academy of Arts. It shows objects from the University of Tartu collections and other Estonian science and memory institutions. It highlights scientific illustrators, who have too often been overshadowed by “real” artists and scientists. The exhibition also features a contemporary contribution by the artist Kristina Norman.

  • On Friday, 17 February free admission to all 17-year-olds (photo ID required)
  • From Friday, 17 February to Sunday, 19 February, museum tickets are available for a special price of 7 euros (including admission to events).
  • Kumu Art Museum annual card holders can bring a friend along for free!
  • There are many special offers in the museum shop!


Saturday, 18 Febuary

12.00 The Mad Scientist’s show for children and families (in Estonian)
14.00 Curator’s tour of the exhibition (in Estonian)
14.00–17.00 Ellen Vene plays music in the Kumu Atrium
15.00 Tour of the exhibition (in Russian)
16.00 Eda Kalmre’s lecture “The Human Sausage Factory: A study of a post-war rumour in Tartu” (in Estonian)

Sunday, 19 February

12.00–14.00 Workshop Painting with Invisible Ink for children and families (in Estonian, English and Russian)
14.00 Curator’s tour of the exhibition (in English)
16.00 Discussion: Artistic research – for whom and why? Historian and curator Linda Kaljundi speaks with the artist Kristina Norman and the performance artist Joanna Kalm (in Estonian)
17.00 Joanna Kalm‘s performance in the exhibition hall

Mini-tours of the exhibition teamLab: Impermanent Flowers Floating in a Continuous Sea are available every hour on Sunday, 19 February (in Estonian).