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Recognitions of Art Museum of Estonia

The employees of the Art Museum of Estonia are highly respected professionals who have earned both national and international recognitions and awards. The organisation and its five museums actively participate in the annual award contest for Estonian museums and have achieved outstanding results in the award competition.

Estonian Annual Museum Awards 2019

Conservation Work of the Year

The award was gained by the long-time restauration project of the sculptures of Estonian artist Maire Männik for the exhibition „Maire Männik. Estonian Legend in Paris“ in Kumu Art Museum (23.08.2019 – 05.01.2020). The project was carried out by the sculptor restaurators of Art Museum of Estonia, Isabel Aaso-Zahradnikova and Ales Zahradnik. The more than 100 statues by the Estonian sculptor Maire Männik (1922–2003), who had lived and worked in Paris for a long time, were given as a gift to the Republic of Estonia in 2004 by the sculptor’s son Erki Männik. It took 10 years to restore the plaster sculptures made in an untraditional technique, partially in a very large format and some of which were very severly damaged, as well as her portrait artworks and medal designs.

Science Award in the Publication Category

The title for the best scientific publication was gained by the monography „Johann Köler“ by art historian Mai Levin and published by Art Museum of Estonia. The project manager and editor of the book was the head of the publication department of the Art Museum of Estonia, Renita Raudsepp. The book includes a thorough article on the life and creative path of the first professional Estonian-born painter Johann Köler (1826-1899), as well as an illustrated catalogue of his known artworks, in the compiling of which the author included many unpublished archive materials.

The Estonian Annual Museum Awards are a series of yearly awards given out by the Museum Council and the Estonian Museum Association in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board.

Best Designed Estonian Books of 2019

The monography „Johann Köler“ by Mai Levin, published by Art Museum of Estonia, was selected as one of the 25 best designed Estonian books of the year. It also received the Golden Book award, a special prize of the National Library of Estonia, and was selected as a Reader’s Favourite as a result of a public vote. The graphic design and photo editing of the book was done by Külli Kaats, a graphical Designer in the publication department of the Art Museum of Estonia.

The Best Designed Estonian Books contest is an annual award competition for the 25 most well-designed books and 5 most well-designed children’s books of the year, given out by The Estonian Publishers’ Association, the National Library of Estonia, the Estonian Graphic Designers’ Association and the Association of Estonian Printing and Packaging Industry with the aim to acknowledge publications most notable in graphic design and print technical realisation as a phenomenon of intellectual culture.

 

Estonian Annual Museum Awards 2018

Museum Rat

The Museum Rat award for the best temporary exhibition was granted to the exhibition „Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe“, held in Kumu Art Museum (08.06–16.09.2018) and curated by Greta Koppel (Kadriorg Art Museum) and John Oliver Hand (Washington National Gallery of Art). The exhibiton introduced the painter of Estonian heritage, Michel Sittow (app. 1469–1525), who was a highly valued portrait artist in the courts of Europe in the 15th and 16th century. 500 years later, for the first time the personal exhibition brought together all of his paintings that have survived and allowed people to see it in the artist’s hometown, Tallinn. The exhibition was extremely successful, being visited by a record number of 65 000 people. The same exhibition was also on display in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, USA (28.01-13.05.2018).

Science Award in the Events Category

The title of the best science event of the year went to the international symposium “Stories of Michel Sittow’s Life and Art. Facts and Fables” held in Kumu Art Museum (14.–15.09.2018). The main organiser of the symposium was Greta Koppel (Kadriorg Art Museum). The symposium was carried out in English and accompanied the exhibition „Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance“ (Kumu Art Museum, 08.06–16.09.2018).

Conservation Work of the Year

The title of the conservation work of the year was given to the Art Museum of Estonia for carrying out and documenting the conservation process of the extensively damaged painting „Scenes from Antique Life“ by Ivan Aivazovsky for the exhibition „Aivazovsky. In Pursuit of the Ideal“ in Kadriorg Art Museum (09.03–08.07.2018). The project was carried out by the conservator Alar Nurkse.

Advancer of Museum Education

The title of the advancer of museum education was gained by the project „Let’s Make Art Visible!“ by the Adamson-Eric Art Museum, aimed at making the heritage of the Estonian artist Adamson-Eric accessible for the blind and vision-impaired.

Rat Trap: The Most Visitor-Friendly Museum

The Art Museum of Estonia gained the award for the most visitor-friendly museum for its many-year-long export of culture, invaluable advancement of the country’s reputation, as well as its successful foreign exhibitions in 2018. In this year, the Art Museum of Estonia gained one of its greatest visitor numbers ever and the museum’s exhibitions were visited abroad by over 330 000 people. The award was given out by the tourism development center Visit Estonia, lead by Enterprise Estonia, a national foundation aimed towards developing the economy of Estonia.

The Estonian Annual Museum Awards are a series of yearly awards given out by the Museum Council and the Estonian Museum Association in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board.

Deed of the Year by The Estonian Federation of the Blind, 2018

The title was gained by the Adamson-Eric museum for their project „Let’s Make Art Visible!“. The project was aimed for the blind and vision impaired, allowing them to experience the creative heritage of the artist Adamson-Eric for the first time and bringing a piece of Estonian culture closer to them.

IIC Keck Award 2018

The research and conservation project “Rode Altarpiece in Close-Up” received the IIC (International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works) Keck Award by the Royal British Columbia Museum. A deciding factor in earning the award was the work that promoted the role and speciality of the conservator, as the project helped present the nuances of this profession to a wider audience.

The Royal British Columbia Museum’s international IIC Keck Award has been issued since 1994. The award is presented every two years at the IIC Congress to the individual or group contributing most towards promoting public understanding and appreciation of the accomplishments of the conservation profession. 

 

Estonian Annual Museum Awards 2017

Conservation Work of the Year

The award was gained by the Art Museum of Estonia conservation project „Conserving the oval-shaped pastel painting on parchment „Girl with a Dog“, most likely from the end of the 1760s, and its frame“. The project was carried out by the conservators Merily Paomets and Sirje Säär.

The Estonian Annual Museum Awards are a series of yearly awards given out by the Museum Council and the Estonian Museum Association in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board.

European Heritage Europa Nostra Award, 2017

The European most prestigious heritage protection award in the category of scientific research was granted in 2017 to the Niguliste Museum’s Rode Altarpiece Research and Conservation Project.
The project was carried out in very close collaboration by an interdisciplinary group of researchers from the fields of both science and the humanities. Their scientific research created valuable new knowledge concerning one of Estonia’s most important works of art. Comparative studies of other works attributed to Rode’s workshop were also incorporated. The new knowledge which has emerged from this research forms the basis for further development in the heritage field in Estonia, Europe and beyond. “This highly complex project has succeeded to coordinate and make use of international resources to restore this splendid altarpiece in situ. The enthusiastic and open-minded team has achieved this incredible result with a relatively modest budget”, stressed the jury.

Recognition awards were given to twenty-nine laureates from eighteen countries for outstanding accomplishments in the conservation of cultural heritage, research, education, training and awareness-raising, and for dedicated service in preserving cultural heritage. The winners were picked by a jury of independent experts from among two hundred and two candidates.

 

Estonian Annual Museum Awards 2016

Science Award in the Events Category

The Science Award in the Events Category of 2016 was granted to Niguliste Museum for carrying out the project “Rode Altarpiece in Close-up” (2013–2016). The project was centered around the technical examination and conservation of the retable (1478–1481) of the high altar of the Niguliste church in Tallinn, crafted in the workshop of the master Hermen Rode of Lübeck. The most significant aspect of the project was the inclusion of imaging and information technology solutions, as well as scientific studies, comprehensive documentation and the mapping of information. A great focus was set on the popularisation of science by presenting the study results through educational programmes, workshops and multimedia solutions (website, blog, interactive multimedia programme, Science Web and much more).

The Estonian Annual Museum Awards are a series of yearly awards given out by the Museum Council and the Estonian Museum Association in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board.

 

Estonian Annual Museum Awards 2015

Advancer of Museum Education

The educational curator of Kadriorg Art Museum, Jane Meresmaa-Roos received the award of the Advancer of Museum Education 2015 for the educational programme „Art Speaks to Everyone: Disabled People in the Art Museum“ and the sculpture programme „Tangible Heroes“.

Science Award in the Events Category

The title of the best science event went to Kumu Art Museum’s autumn conference „Shared Practices: The Intertwinement of the Arts in the Culture of Socialist Eastern Europe“, headed by Kumu curator Anu Allas and dedicated to post-World War II art in the Eastern European context.

The Estonian Annual Museum Awards are a series of yearly awards given out by the Museum Council and the Estonian Museum Association in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board.

Curator awards by the Cultural Endowment, 2015

The Cultural Endowment of Estonia recognises Eha Komissarov, a curator in Kumu Art Museum, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of outstanding curatorial work in the field of Estonian art and museums, as well as Greta Koppel, a curator in Kadriorg Art Museum, for her bold and thorough criticism and analysis of the specifics of the field in the Sirp cultural newspaper, as well as her conscientious work at the Kadriorg Art Museum.

Deed of the Year by The Estonian Federation of the Blind, 2015

The Estonian Federation of the Blind recognises the Art Museum of Estonia with its Deed of the Year award for making sculpture exhibitions accessible to visually impaired people.

National award for Popularisation of Science, 2015

In 2015, the Estonian Research Council granted the Niguliste Museum project “Rode Altarpiece in Close-up” the second prize in the category “Activities/activity programmes for the popularisation of science and technology” for their promotion of scientific methods, the integration of humanities and natural sciences, and the presentation of cultural heritage to the general public.

 

Estonian Annual Museum Awards 2014

Museum Keeper of the Year

The title of the Museum Keeper of the Year was awarded to Liisa Kaljula, Annika Räim and Helen Volber from the Art Museum of Estonia for organising a large-scale multidisciplinary art musealization by adding the installation „Soodevahe Museum“ by Timo Toots to the Contemporary Art Collection of the Art Museum of Estonia. The project was titled „The Museum Acquires a Museum“.

Estonian Museum Memento Award (EMMA)

The title was gained by the Kadriorg Art Museum for the product range „Eveline von Maydell. A World in Black and White“. The products were made for an exhibition of the same name (29.03.–07.09.2014).

The Estonian Annual Museum Awards are a series of yearly awards given out by the Museum Council and the Estonian Museum Association in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board.

Cultural Award by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2014

The Cultural Award in 2014 was granted to Sirje Helme, the director general of Art Museum of Estonia, for organising the annual conference of the European Museum Forum and the European Museum of the Year award gala, as well as her long-term work introducing world culture. Only museums that have previously received the European Museum of the Year title are eligible to host the European Museum Forum annual conferences; Kumu Art Museum was awarded this title in 2008.

Deed of the Year award by the Estonian Federation of People with Physical Disabilities, 2014

The board of the Estonian Federation of People with Physical Disabilities (ELIL) named the Art Museum of Estonia as the recipient of the 2014 Deed of the Year award. The Museum received the title of the Promoter of Universal Design 2013, which is awarded for taking people with special needs into account in the planning of public space.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

The Niguliste Museum was recognised by the well-known travel info website TripAdvisor based on the positive feedback given by visitors. The award has previously also been gained by the Kumu Art Museum and Kadriorg Art Museum.

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honors select accommodations, attractions, and restaurants that consistently demonstrate a commitment to hospitality excellence. 

 

Estonian Annual Museum Awards 2013

Science Award in the Publication Category

The award was granted to Art Museum of Estonia for the publication „Friedrich Ludwig von Maydell’s Baltic History in Images“. The book was put together by the historian Linda Kaljundi and the curator and collections’ keeper of Kadriorg Art Museum, Tiina-Mall Kreem. The book accompanied the exhibition „When the Artist Met Clio. Historical Scenes from the 19th Century” (07.09.2013–09.03.2014) in the Kadriorg Art Museum.

The Estonian Annual Museum Awards are a series of yearly awards given out by the Museum Council and the Estonian Museum Association in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board.

2013 Best Innovator of Foreign Language Instruction, 2013

The prize was awarded to the Art Museum of Estonia for its „Komm herein“ language immersion project. The main purpose of this acknowledgement of European language instruction is to recognise and popularise initiatives related to linguistic innovation, updating language instruction and raising the quality of teaching. Initiatives that innovatively teach foreign languages, and value and introduce other languages and cultures are recognised.

Kristjan Raud Art Award, 2013

The award was presented to Juta Kivimäe for researching and introducing Estonian sculpture, as well as for her long-term work as the Keeper of the Sculpture Collection at the Art Museum of Estonia and as the gallery curator at the Vabaduse Gallery from 2007 to 2013.

The Kristjan Raud Art Award, named after the prominent Estonian symbolist artist Kristjan Raud (1865-1943), is the oldest art prize in Estonia and has been awarded jointly by the Estonian Artists Association and the Tallinn City Government annually since 1973.

 

Estonian Annual Museum Awards 2012

Museum Rat

The award for the best exhibition project of the year was granted to the curators Eha Komissarov and Berit Teeäär from Kumu Art Museum for the exhibition „Fashion and the Cold War“ (13.09.2012–20.01.2013). The exhibition researched fashion and related phenomenons in Estonia in the 1950s-1970s, giving a fascinating view into the life of the Soviet Estonian woman, as well as the dialogue with Western fashion. The exhibition was accompanied by a book of the same name.

Science Award in the Publication Category

The title was gained by Elnara Taidre, a Curator of the Graphic Art Collection, for the publication „Tõnis Vint and his Aesthetic Universe“. The publication received praise for being a multi-faceted research of the ouevre and theoretical concepts of Tõnis Vint (b. 1942), one of the classics in 20th century Estonian Art. The book was published adjoining an exhibition of the same name.

The Estonian Annual Museum Awards are a series of yearly awards given out by the Museum Council and the Estonian Museum Association in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board.

Development and Media Stipend in the Field of Integration by the Estonian Ministry of Culture

The development stipend in the category of „Introducing the cultures and preserving the cultural traditions of different nationalities living in Estonia“ was gained by Aleksandra Murre, curator of the Kadriorg Art Museum, for the exhibition “Estonian Icon Painting” (07.05.–02.10.2011) and the concurrent art historical programmes in Kadriorg Art Museum.

Letter of Thanks from the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, 2012

The grand prize in the 2012 national competition for educational materials in the category of applied didactics was given to a team of educators from the Kumu Art Museum for the art educational study material „Ready! Set! ART!“, compiled by Kristi Laanemäe, Anu Lüsi, Anu Purre, Elena Chekulayeva and Ingrid Putk. The competition was held by the Estonian Research Council.

 

Estonian Annual Museum Awards 2011

Conservator of the Year

The title of Conservator of the Year was awarded to Hilkka Hiiop, a conservator of the Art Museum of Estonia. The recognition was prompted by the exhibition „Samson and Delilah. A History of an Italian Painting“ (13.11.2010-30.04.2011) and the multimedia project „Four Paintings Magnified – Tracing Bosch and Bruegel“ (namesake exhibition held 22.10.2011-04.03.2012).

Science Award in the Publication Category

The 2011 annual Science Award in the publication category was awarded to Greta Koppel, the curator in Kadriorg Art Museum, for successfully organising the international technical art history project “Four Paintings Magnified – Tracing Bosch and Bruegel”.

Museum Marketer of the Year

The title was awarded to Kadi Polli, the director of Kadriorg Art Museum, for managing the marketing of the exhibition “Four Paintings Magnified – Tracing Bosch and Bruegel“ (22.10.2011–04.03.2012)

Science Award, Special Prize

The Special Prize of the Science Award for 2011 was awarded to Aleksandra Murre from the Kadriorg Art Museum for the best scientific publication related to an exhibition – the catalogue „Estonian Icon Art“, which accompanied an exhibition of the same name in the Kadriorg Art Museum (07.05–02.10.2011).

Product Development and Marketing, Special Prize

The Special Prize for the promotion of museum shops in 2011 was awarded to Art Museum of Estonia and its store manager Marge Kõiv.

Estonian Museum Memento Award (EMMA), Second Prize

The award was granted to the product „Kumu brooch“ by Kumu Art Museum for the multifunctionality of the item as well as clever design innovation that ideally fitted the museum’s theme. The exclusive item of jewellery of Art Museum of Estonia (author: Katrin Amos) was related to the exhibition „Geometrical Man: the Group of Estonian Artists and Art Innovation in the 1920s and 1930s“ very well, and although the material is of high quality, the idea is extremely symbolic of the era, using QR-code as its motive.

The Estonian Annual Museum Awards are a series of yearly awards given out by the Museum Council and the Estonian Museum Association in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board.

Best Designed Estonian Books of 2011

 „Urmas Ploomipuu’s White House“, Kumu Art Museum

The book “Urmas Ploomipuu’s White House”, written by the artist Tõnis Saadoja and designed by Indrek Sirkel, was selected as one of the 25 most well-designed books of 2011. The book was published by Art Museum of Estonia to accompany an exhibition of the same name in the Kumu Art Museum (13.4.–23.10.2011). The book included schematic drawings by Tõnis Saadoja and was praised by the jury for being „an intelligent and discreet recording of an extraordinary art project characterised by an excellent and compact use of various types of paper“.

„Female Artists in the Önningeby Artists’ Colony in Åland“ – Adamson-Eric Museum

The book „Female Artists in the Önningeby Artists’ Colony in Åland“, authored by Kjell Ekström, edited by Kersti Koll from Adamson-Eric Museum and designed by Tiit Jürna was selected as one of the 25 best designed books of the year. The book was published by Art Museum of Estonia accompanying a namesake exhibition in Adamson-Eric Museum (24.3.–3.7.2011) as a part of the long-lasting collaboration between the Adamson-Eric Museum and the Önningeby Museum in Åland, started in 2006. The jury praised the publication as „a diverse book where the cover, organised with rhythmic precision, combines well with the alternation of light and darkness inside; plus agreeable execution and a good choice of paper“.

The Best Designed Estonian Books contest is an annual award competition for the 25 most well-designed books and 5 most well-designed children’s books of the year, given out by The Estonian Publishers’ Association, the National Library of Estonia, the Estonian Graphic Designers’ Association and the Association of Estonian Printing and Packaging Industry with the aim to acknowledge publications most notable in graphic design and print technical realisation as a phenomenon of intellectual culture.

The Annual Prize of the Estonian Society of Art Historians and Curators, 2011

The prize was awarded to Greta Koppel, a curator of Kadriorg Art Museum, and Hilkka Hiiop, a conservator of Art Museum of Estonia, for the exhibition „Bosch and Bruegel. Four Paintings Magnified“, (22.10.2011–04.03.2012). The monumentaal exhibition of the Kadriorg Art Museum stood out for the thoroughness in its preparation and the innovation in its ideas and fulfilment. The exhibition focused on popularising various methods used to research the history of painting by incorporating modern multimedia solutions, which gave guests of any age the opportunity to get to know all levels of an artwork’s research and its meanings.

The Annual Prize of the Estonian Society of Art Historians and Curators is an award awarded yearly for people’s outstanding contributions to the field of art history.

Friend of Tourism Award, 2011

The Friend of Tourism Award in 2011 was awarded to the Art Museum of Estonia for its excellent cooperation with tourism organisers, by Enterprise Estonia, a national foundation aimed towards developing the economy of Estonia.

Annual Award of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects, 2011

The annual award of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects in the category of Best Exhibition Design went to Kumu Art Museum’s exhibition „Pavel Filonov. The Russian Avant-Garde and Afterwards“ (10.06.–18.09.2011) and its room designer Terje Kallast-Luure.

 

Estonian Annual Museum Awards 2010

Science Award in the Publication Category

The Annual Science Award is in the publication category was awarded to the book „Kadriorg. Palace’s Story“ and its authors Aleksandra Murre, Jüri Kuuskemaa, Kadi Polli and Mart Kalm.

Heritage Protector in a Museum

In 2010, the title of Heritage Protector was awarded to the director of the Niguliste Museum Tarmo Saaret for a noteworthy contribution to the convergence between the museum and heritage protection.

Advancer of Museum Education

The title of Advance of Museum Education was granted to Jelena Tšekulajeva, the educational curator of Kumu Art Museum, for a contemporary art educational programme carried out with the 4K method.

Estonian Museum Memento Award (EMMA)

The award for the best souvenir by an Estonian museum was presented to the Kumu Art Museum for its retro-style net shopping bag, also known as avoska – one of the most typical items symbolic of the Soviet era.

The Estonian Annual Museum Awards are a series of yearly awards given out by the Museum Council and the Estonian Museum Association in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board.

Cross of Recognition by the Republic of Latvia, 2010

The Cross of Recognition by the Republic of Latvia was presented by Latvian President Valdis Zatlers to Ülle Kruus, the Director of the Adamson-Eric Museum for introducing Latvian culture internationally.

 

Estonian Annual Museum Awards 2009

Large Museum Rat

At the annual Museum Awards competition, the prize for the best exhibition went to the Kumu Art Museum exhibition “Ülo Õun. Artist Interrupted” (19.06-01.11.2009), curated by Juta Kivimäe. The exhibition received praise for thoroughly introducing the creative nature and the oeuvre of the Estonian sculptor Ülo Õun to the public, for its emotionally affecting room design, great educational and movie programmes as well as the high-quality catalogue that accompanied the exhibition.

Small Museum Rat

The Small Museum Rat award was granted to the joint exhibition „Treasures of Lost Times

Egyptian, Greek and Near-East Antiquities in the Museums and Private Collections of Estonia“ (07.02.–31.12.2009) for the innovative partnership between museums and private collections and for its educational programme, which was developed in close collaboration with local history teachers and based on the national curriculum of Estonian schools.

The Estonian Annual Museum Awards are a series of yearly awards given out by the Museum Council and the Estonian Museum Association in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board.

Kristjan Raud Art Award

The annual awart was given out to the director of the Adamson-Eric Museum Ülle Kruus and the curator Kersti Koll for extensive activities related to exhibitions that are integrated in an interesting manner with the profile of the Adamson-Eric Museum and accompanied by high-quality literary activities and productive work with the public.

The Kristjan Raud Art Award, named after the prominent Estonian symbolist artist Kristjan Raud (1865-1943), is the oldest art prize in Estonia and has been awarded jointly by the Estonian Artists Association and the Tallinn City Government annually since 1973.
2008

 

Estonian Annual Museum Awards 2008

Large Museum Rat

The award for the best exhibition project of the year was presented by the Estonian Ministry of Culture to the Adamson-Eric Museum, a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, for its exhibition „Beautiful Frame – Frame’s Beauty“. Exhibition put together by: Sirje Säär, Frame Conservator-Restorer at the Art Museum of Estonia; Alar Nurkse, Painting Conservator-Restorer at the Art Museum of Estonia; and Ülle Kruus, Director of the Adamson-Eric Museum (art historian).

The Estonian Annual Museum Awards are a series of yearly awards given out by the Museum Council and the Estonian Museum Association in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board.

Letter of Thanks from the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, 2008

The recognition was awarded to the Art Museum of Estonia for developing educational programmes, conducting art projects for young people and for creating conditions for acquiring art-related knowledge and skills in an informal learning environment.

European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA), 2008

The Kumu Art Museum was declared the winner of the European Museum of the Year Award 2008, an award. Of the 140 nominated candidates, thirty-eight candidates from a total of 20 countries were invited to make presentations about their museums at the final event, which took place at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. The award in question has previously been given out to such museums as The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao etc.

The European Museum of the Year Award is an annual award given out by the European Museum Forum, formed by the European Council.

 

Estonian Annual Museum Awards 2007

Small Museum Rat

The Museum Rat of the year, an award for the best exhibition project at an Estonian museum, was awarded to the exhibition „From Design to Costume. Estonian National Opera 100“, born in collaboration of the Adamson-Eric Museum, Estonian Theatre and Music Museum and Estonian National Opera. The exhibition was theatrically staged and enriched with interesting workshops and discussion evenings that helped to expand on the topic of the exhibition. Curators: Kustav-Agu Püüman, theatrical designer; Seidi Raid, theatrical scholar; and Ülle Kruus, Director of the Adamson-Eric museum. Educational programme prepared by Liisi Lauer, Educational Coordinator at the Adamson-Eric Museum.

The Estonian Annual Museum Awards are a series of yearly awards given out by the Museum Council and the Estonian Museum Association in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board.

Recognition by the European Copper in Architecture Campaign, 2007

In 2007, The European Copper in Architecture Campaign acknowledged the new building of the Art Museum of Estonia, Kumu Art Museum, for the interesting use of materials and elegant overall design of the Kumu building.

The Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award for Best Global Design, 2007

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design awarded the Kumu Art Museum as one of the buildings deserving of the award for best global architectural design in the year 2007.

 

The „Best of 2006“ award by the Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association (EHRL)

The members of the EHRL recognised the completion and opening of Kumu Art Museum, the new headquarters of the Art Museum of Estonia, as deserving of the „Best of 2006“ award.

The Achievement of the Year by the Estonian Union of Persons With Mobility Impairment, 2006

The token of thanks was presented to the Kumu Art Museum for providing a friendly environment for people with reduced mobility.

Nordic Pearl of Light, 2006

The 2006 Nordic Pearl of Light award was awarded to Kumu Art Museum by the Tallinn City Government for the lighting solution in the museum.

UNICEF Annual Bluebird Prize, 2006

The Annual Bluebird Prize was awarded to the Art Museum of Estonia by UNICEF for its achievements in working with children.

Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, 2006

The recipients of the Annual Award of the Figurative and Applied Arts Foundation included Tiina Abel, a curator of Kumu Art Museum, and the Kumu Education Centre.

Acknowledgement by Estonian Association of Security, 2006

The acknowledgement was given out by the Estonian Association of Security Companies for the security solution in the Kumu building, opened in 2006.

 

Concrete Structure of the Year, the Special Builder’s Award, 2005

An award given out by the Concrete Association of Estonia. The winners of the 2005 Concrete Structure of the Year Awards were announced at the 6th Concrete Day, held at Kumu Art Musuem. Sixteen projects were submitted to the competition. The construction firm Merko Ehitus was awarded the Special Builder’s Award for the construction of the Kumu building.

 

Certificate of Honour from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2004

Awarded to Ülle Kruus, the Director of the Adamson-Eric Museum, for introducing Latvian visual culture in Estonia.

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