Museum Night 2022. The Night is Filled with Dreams
On Museum Night, from 6 pm to 11 pm*, the following Kumu exhibitions will be open to visitors: Landscapes of Identity: Estonian Art 1700–1945; and Conflicts and Adaptations. Estonian Art of the Soviet Era (1940–1991), and the following project space exhibitions: Baltic German Modernist Erna Kreischmann: A Room of Her Own, and Jonna Kina. Four Sculptures in Fifteen Pieces. Guides will introduce the works in the exhibition halls.
In order to visit the Art in the Comfort Zone? The 2000s in Estonian Art exhibition on Museum Night, please register for a short, guided tour that will provide an overview of the most important works in the exhibition. For one evening, a cosy video art viewing area will be created in the foyer of the exhibition hall on the 5th floor of the Kumu Museum.
The permanent exhibition Landscapes of Identity: Estonian Art 1700–1945 introduces early local art in the context of Estonia ‘s multi-ethnic history, in which Baltic-German, Russian and Estonian traditions intertwine. The focus is on the role of art in society and its impact on the self-images of the various communities.
The themes of the exhibition include the connections between Baltic-German and Estonian visual culture, the meaning of pictorial imagery in the young Estonian nation, the dreams of modern life, the voices of women artists, the art of the “Silent Era” and wartime, and the story of the formation of local identity landscapes. In addition to the fine arts, the impacts of hobbyists, education, commercial graphics and design on the creation of visual identity are explored.
Jonna Kina. Four Sculptures in Fifteen Pieces. This film by the multidisciplinary Finnish artist Jonna Kina deals with the creation, destruction and role of a museum as a preserver.
Baltic German Modernist Erna Kreischmann: A Room of Her Own. Erna Kreischmann (1885–1929) was an innovative artist of Baltic German descent who lived and worked in Pärnu for most of her life.
Permanent exhibition Conflicts and Adaptations. Estonian Art of the Soviet Era (1940–1991) presents a view of Estonian art in the middle of the 20th century, as well as another side of Estonian art that was shaped mostly by conflict and adaptation to the new political situation after World War II.
Art in the Comfort Zone? The 2000s in Estonian Art continues from where The X-Files [Registry of the Nineties], an exhibition from 2018 that summarised the art of the 1990s, left off. The keywords of the new decade were economic boom, professionalisation and internationalisation, which have since been collectively referred to as normalisation. The exhibition examines how these developments were expressed in the art created during that period, and what the most important artistic positions and thematic statements were.
During the Museum Night, the exhibition can only be visited when accompanied by a guide. Throughout the evening, video art from the collections of the Art Museum of Estonia will be screened in the lobby of the 5th floor. The videos have been specifically selected for the Museum Night.
6:00-10:00 pm Separate orientation game in the Kumu courtyard
6.30–10.00 pm Creative workshops for children and adults in the Kumu Education Centre
6.00–10.30 pm Video art from the Art Museum of Estonia collections, on the 5th floor of the Kumu Museum
7.00-8.55 pm 30-minute tours of the Art in the Comfort Zone? exhibition.
On Museum Night, the following exhibitions will be closed: Thinking Pictures in the Kumu Great Hall; Lembit Sarapuu. Reality and Actuality, in the B-wing on the 3rd floor, and The Future Is in One Hour. Estonian Art in the 1990s, in the B-wing on the 4th floor.
The Kumu Reval Café will be open until late in the evening.
Admission to the museum is on a first-come, first-served basis until 10.30 p.m. Visitors to Kumu can park in the car park on Valge Street (for free).