NIGHT OF MUSEUMS 2018. Party in the Night
|Location:||Kumu exhibition spaces, Kumu education centre|
|Price:||Free of ha|
During the Long Night of Museums on Saturday, 19 May, from 6 to 11 pm,* the Kumu Art Museum welcomes visitors to free exhibitions – the permanent display of Estonian art and the following temporary displays: “History in Images – Image in History”, “Puzzling Over the Labyrinth. 50 Years of the Tallinn Print Triennial”, “The Project Space. Linda Sõber and Endel Kübarsepp” and “Kristi Kongi and Kasper Bosmans in Dialogue”.
The theme for the Long Night of Museums 2018 is “Party in the Night”, which was inspired by the centennial of the Republic of Estonia. The Long Night of Museums is a large celebration of museums all across Estonia!
6–10 pm “Party in the Wonderland”: independent orienteering in the Kumu courtyard at the exhibition “Kristi Kongi and Kasper Bosmans in Dialogue”.
6–11 pm “Living Works of Art”: in the atrium of Kumu, visitors can take photos among party scenes that can be found on the walls of the art museum.
6:30–10 pm “The Joy of DIY”: visitors can participate in creative workshops in the Kumu Education Centre.
6:30–10.15 pm “Pearls from the Kumu Collections”: Kumu employees and members of the Kumu Youth Club talk about different works of art on display, which are related to the theme of parties and social gatherings. Talks in Estonian take place every full hour, and talks in Russian on the half hour. Two tours in English will also be held during the night.
In Estonian: at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm
In Russian: at 6.30, 7.30, 8.30 and 9.30 pm
In English: at 7.45 and 9.15 pm
The permanent display of Estonian art at the Kumu Art Museum has been divided in two. The third-floor exhibition “Treasury” gives the visitors a chance to enjoy the classics of Estonian art from the 18th century until the end of World War II. The exhibition provides an overview of the most important masters in Estonian art history, such as Johann Köler, Kristjan Raud, Konrad Mägi, Ants Laikmaa and Nikolai Triik.
The B Wing houses the exhibition “History in Images – Image in History”, which delves into historical images and, through these, into the various angles of looking at the history of Estonia. Our ideas about history are often based on certain images. However, historical images not only tell us about the depicted past, but also about the time of their creation.
On the fourth floor of the Kumu Art Museum, we welcome visitors to the permanent display, “Conflicts and Adaptations. Estonian Art of the Soviet Era (1940–1991)”. The exhibition is one possible way of looking at the art from the mid-20th century onwards, the major factors being the conflicts with and adaptations to the new political regime after World War II.
In the project space at the end of the permanent display, visitors can view the exhibition “The Project Space. Linda Sõber and Endel Kübarsepp”. The sculptors Linda Sõber and Endel Kübarsepp graduated from the Pallas Art School in the late 1930s as students of Anton Starkopf. During World War II, they emigrated from Estonia. The exhibition provides an overview of the oeuvre of these two little-known artists and of their difficult lives.
The exhibition in the B Wing – “Puzzling Over the Labyrinth. 50 Years of the Tallinn Print Triennial” – looks at the development of a large joint exhibition of the Baltic countries into an international post-printmaking event through a number of awarded works.
The multilevel courtyard of the museum serves as the display space for the exhibition “Kristi Kongi and Kasper Bosmans in Dialogue”, which was inspired by the environment around the museum. On the one side, there is Kadriorg Park, with its Baroque legacy, and on the other, the brutal concrete housing estate of Lasnamägi. The artists have not only looked at what is there, but also at what could theoretically be there in one of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.
The following exhibitions will be closed during the Long Night of Museums: Katja Novitskova. If Only You Could See What I’ve Seen with Your Eyes. Stage 2 in the gallery of contemporary art on the 5th floor and Leonhard Lapin. Void and Space in the Great Hall on the 2nd floor.
The Reval Café at Kumu will also be open until late at night and they have special offers for visitors of the Long Night of Museums.
The Kumu Shop will be open until 9 p.m.
* Entry to the museum until 10.30 pm on the basis of a live queue. Visitors can leave their cars for free in the Kumu parking lot on Valge Street.