Press Releases 2014
Starting on 5 December, visitors to the Kumu Art Museum can see an exhibition focusing on the ties between the Tartu circle, made up of the last Pallas Art School graduates, and Ülo Sooster, a legendary artist of the Moscow underground movement. The exhibition "The Tartu Circle and Ülo Sooster" displays works by Valve Janov (1921–2003), Silvia Jõgever (1924–2005), Kaja Kärner (1920–1998), Lembit Saarts (1924), Ülo Sooster (1924–1970), Lüüdia Vallimäe-Mark (1925–2004) and Heldur Viires (1927).
Telling Tales: Swiss and Baltic Artists, an international exhibition of contemporary art, will open at the Kumu Art Museum on Friday, 21 November. The exhibition is a collaborative project undertaken with the CentrePasquArt (Biel, Switzerland).
The exhibition includes artists that create national heritage and socio-political history, as well as fictional stories and myths. The artists are connected by the collective history of storytelling, but also by the context of personal narratives. Today, the focus in the humanities has moved almost entirely from great narratives to details, i.e. micro-histories, which has given new life to storytelling. The artists highlight ephemeral phenomena, fragments and seemingly unimportant details, which, on closer inspection, reveal various microcosms, historical fragments and positions that today's world would not notice otherwise.
From the School of Arts and Crafts to the Academy of Arts. A Hundred Years of Art Education in Tallinn
As of 31 October, an exhibition called From the School of Arts and Crafts to the Academy of Arts. A Hundred Years of Art Education in Tallinn, which is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Estonian Academy of Arts, will be on view in the large hall of the Kumu Art Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a detailed and richly illustrated book. Professor Mart Kalm is the exhibition curator and editor of the book.
On Friday, 31 October 2014 at 4 pm the Estonian Academy of Arts and Adamson-Eric Museum open the joint exhibition “A Hundred Years of Art Education in Tallinn. Works by Professors Emeriti of the Estonian Academy of Arts”
An exhibition catalogue by the same name will also be officially presented. The exhibition is part of a series of events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Estonian Academy of Arts.
The significant and elegant exhibition The Moveable Feast. Art Deco Fashion from Alexandre Vassiliev’s Collection will open at the Kumu Art Museum on 11 October.
9th October 2014
The significant and elegant exhibition The Moveable Feast. Art Deco Fashion from Alexandre Vassiliev's Collection will open at the Kumu Art Museum on 11 October. The exhibition based on the collection of Alexandre Vassiliev (1958), a fashion historian, interior designer and scenographer well known in Europe, focuses on the decade of spiritual and corporal liberation that followed World War I. The exhibition is comprised of 80 costumes and more than 200 accessories, as well as photos and paintings, all illustrating the development of European fashion in the inter-war period (1918–1939), when Art Deco was the dominant style.
25th September 2014
Two exhibitions introducing early Italian art and art collections in the Baltic countries will open in Kadriorg on 27 September. The exhibitions are connected by a common theme, as well as the title Lux aeterna. The first at the Kadriorg Art Museum, which is called Lux aeterna. Italian Art from Lithuanian and Estonian Collections, introduces the best of the Italian art collections in Lithuanian and Estonian museums. The second at the Mikkel Museum – Lux aeterna. Italian Art from Johannes Mikkel's Collection – focuses on works by outstanding Italian masters of graphic art.
Starting on Friday, 26 September, at the exhibition Richard Kaljo. Stories in Prints and Letters in the Kumu Art Museum, one can become acquainted with the printmaking master's oeuvre, which deals with artistic searches of the first Republic of Estonia, as well as the interruptions of the Soviet period and attempts to find individual forms of expression. The exhibition also includes Kai Kaljo's recent video work My Father's Letters (2014), which reveals Richard Kaljo from a personal perspective.
On Friday, 29 August, the Adamson-Eric Museum opens an exhibition dedicated to the inhabitants of Ruhnu Island, and commemorating the passing of 70 years from the day in August 1944 when all the inhabitants except for two families were evacuated from the island's farms to Sweden. The exhibition incorporates authentic items, as well as films and works of art, which reflect the times past and present on Ruhnu and the lives of its people.
Starting on Friday, 4 July, the Kumu Art Museum invites you to the exhibition Our Modernism. Estonian Sculpture in the 1960s–1970s. The three-dimensional objects on display offer both aesthetic pleasure and an historical overview of an era which focussed on the meaningfulness of shapes, on new materials, and on universal human ideas.
Starting on Friday, 27 June, the Kumu Gallery of Contemporary Art opens for the project Merike Estna and I'm a Painting, which is comprised of two closely connected exhibitions: Merike Estna's personal exhibition The Blue Lagoon and the international painting exhibition I'm a Painting, involving fifteen artists from across the world.