Publications by Kumu 2010

Popkunst Forever

2010 Popkunst ForeverWritten by Sirje Helme
Pre-reviewed by Jaak Kangilaski, PhD
Designed by Martin Pedanik
224 pp.
In Estonian and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn 2010

ISBN 978-9949-9086-3-9

The book deals with Estonian pop art at the turn of the 1960s and 1970s. The work of young artists who were just starting out during this short time period changed the entire paradigm of Estonian art. The book focuses on the local characteristics of pop art that resulted from the social and ideological environment of the time. The visual language of pop art moved quickly from figurative art to the consumer sphere; a distinctive segment was animated films. Pop art had come to stay, and it is discernible in all types of art during subsequent decades, in the fine arts, decorative arts, fashion, interior design etc.

Photography from the Estonian Diaspora

2010 Valiseesti fotoEdited by Eha Komissarov and Ellu Maar
Texts by Dorothee M. Goeze, Eha Komissarov, Peeter Linnap and Ellu Maar
Designed by Jaanus Samma
160 pp.
In Estonian and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn 2010

ISBN 978-9949-9086-0-8

The catalogue accompanied the exhibition “Photography from the Estonian Diaspora” (08.10.–19.12.2010) at the Kumu Art Museum and introduces the work produced by Estonian photographers who worked in Europe and North America after World War II, as well as material from the photo archives of the Estonian diaspora related to cultural history.

Estonian Art in Exile

2010 Eesti kunst pagulusesEdited by Kersti Koll, Reet Mark and Tiiu Talvistu
Designed by Tiit Jürna
544 pp.
In Estonian and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn 2010

ISBN 978-9985-9999-9-8

This comprehensive book provides a survey of the work of the Estonian artists who fled Estonia as refugees during World War II and continued their work abroad, and is a collaboration between the Art Museum of Estonia and the Tartu Art Museum. The book summarises the results of a long-term and thorough research project designed to collect and map the oeuvre of Estonian artists in exile. Within the framework of the research project, large survey exhibitions of the same name were organised in 2010 and 2011 at the Kumu Art Museum and Tartu Art Museum.

Pro Aqua. Dialogue of Earth and Water

2010 Pro aqua HiironenEdited by Eero Hiironen
Texts by Hannu Castrén and Eha Komissarov
Edited by Anu Liivak and Ellu Maar
Designed by Jari Karppanen / IKONO+ Design
64 pp.
In Estonian, English and Finnish, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn 2010

ISBN 978-9985-9999-6-7

This catalogue, which accompanied the Kumu Art Museum exhibition of the works of the renowned Finnish sculptor Eero Hiironen (21.05.–05.09.2010), is richly illustrated with reproductions of the artist’s works. Hiironen’s sculptures are based on the Modernist tradition, in the broadest sense, and are characterised by an especially authentic perception of natural materials. Water, as well as the dialogue between water and light, is the recurrent theme of his sculptures.

Art Lives in Kumu
The second revised edition

2010 Kumu kunst elab siinEdited by Anu Allas, Sirje Helme and Renita Raudsepp
Texts by Marika Valk, Sirje Helme, Tiina Abel, Eha Komissarov, Mare Pedanik, Anu Purre and Alar Nurkse
Designed by Tuuli Aule
192 pp.
In Estonian and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn 2010

ISBN 978-9985-9999-2-9

The second revised edition (first edition in 2006) of a book introducing the main building of the Art Museum of Estonia includes articles on the history of the Art Museum of Estonia, which was founded in 1919, the permanent exhibition of the Kumu Art Museum, which was opened in 2006 (classics of Estonian art from the beginning of the 18th century to 1945, and Estonian art from 1945 to 1991), as well as a short overview of the Kumu auditorium, educational centre, and the museum’s conservation and restoration department.

The Soviet Woman in Estonian Art

2010 N6ukogude naine eesti kunstisEdited by Katrin Kivimaa and Kädi Talvoja
Designed by Külli Kaats
96 pp.
In Estonian and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn 2010

ISBN 978-9985-9999-4-3

This book, which accompanied the exhibition “The Soviet Woman in Estonian Art” (08.04.–26.09.2010), deals with the various means of depicting the Soviet woman, from her typical propagandistic roles to glimpses of the intimate sphere of her private life.

Adapting Modernity. Classics of Estonian Art in the First Half of the 20th Century

2010 Adapting modernityEdited by Tiina Abel
Texts by Tiina Abel and Szymon Piotr Kubiak
Designed by Andres Tali
192 pp.
In Polish and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn 2010

ISBN 978-9949-9086-4-6

This catalogue accompanied the exhibition “Adapting Modernity”, organised by the Kumu Art Museum in Poland at the National Museum, Szczecin (10.12.2010–27.02.2011) and the National Museum, Warsaw (05.05.–04.07.2011), which introduced the Estonian art classics from the first half of the 20th century. The articles include a survey of the avant-garde manifestations in Estonian art during the 1920s and the contacts between Polish and Estonian art in the 1930s. The catalogue also includes biographical information on the artists and is illustrated with reproductions of the works.