Rules for the use of the collections

Dear art lover!

We look forward to having you visit the Art Museum of Estonia (AME) collections that are open to all interested parties for doing research work, for reproduction in various publications, and for displaying at exhibitions. We are happy to share our collections with you based on the following rules:

1. Borrowing works of art for exhibitions

Applications for borrowing works of art for exhibitions should be submitted to Sirje Helme, Director General of the Art Museum of Estonia at the Art Museum of Estonia, Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1, 10127 Tallinn, Estonia, or by e-mail: muuseum(at)ekm.ee. If you would like to borrow works for exhibitions, we ask that you please obtain approval at least six months before the exhibition is to take place.

2. Reproduction of works of art in publications and the use of digital visuals for study purposes and personal use

Applications for reproducing works of art in AME’s collections in various publications, and orders for digital visuals of works in the museum’s collections for study purposes or personal use can be submitted online here. The price list is available  here.

3. A visual of the work is not in the digital collection

If the work of art that you are searching for is not in the digital collection (http://digikogu.ekm.ee), please send your order by e-mail to muuseum(at)ekm.ee. The AME’s rules specify that works in the museum’s collections may only be photographed or digitalised by the museum photographer.

4. Visiting the collections for research purposes

The collections can be visited for research purposes upon agreement with the keepers of the relevant collections. See Contact information.

Students, researchers, curators and publishers, please submit an application letter from your organisation which indicates the research topic and its objective to the Art Museum of Estonia director general (e-mail: muuseum(at)ekm.ee) at least one month before the project’s completion deadline.

If you would like to borrow works of art for exhibitions, we ask that you please obtain approval at least six months before the exhibition is to take place.

5. Depositing works of art

The Art Museum of Estonia deposits the works of art from its collections based only on application and guarantee letters from legal persons. The depositor is obligated to guarantee the proper preservation of the work of art and to return it on time. If you wish to deposit a work of art, please send an application to: Kersti Kuldna-Türkson, Head of Collections, e-mail: kersti.kuldna(at)ekm.ee or tel. +372 602 6008.

6. To the media

We ask journalists to contact the AME’s Communications and Marketing Department at e-mail press(at)ekm.ee regarding all questions related to the museum’s collections.

7. International loans

For international loans, please contact the registrar, Kersti Kuldna-Türkson: kersti.kuldna(at)ekm.ee, or tel. +372 601 3430

8. Paid appraisals for works of art

As a non-profit organisation, the Art Museum of Estonia does not assign prices to works of art.

9. Expert opinions on works of art

The Art Museum of Estonia Restoration and Conservation Department executes paid expert opinions regarding the authenticity of works of art. Contact: Maris Klaas, Painting Conservator-Restorer, e-mail: maris.klaas(at)ekm.ee, or by phone at +372 602 6081.

10. Wish to donate or bequeath works of art to the Art Museum of Estonia

Please send proposals for the donating and/or bequeathing of works of art to Kersti Kuldna-Türkson, Head of Collections (e-mail: kersti.kuldna(at)ekm.ee) and send a copy of the e-mail to Director General Sirje Helme (e-mail: sirje.helme(at)ekm.ee). If possible, add a picture file of the work of art (not larger than 2 MB), as well as any information about the work of art known to the donor (name of the artist, name of the work, year of creation, material, technique, dimensions, how the owner came by the work etc.). All decisions regarding the acceptance of donations and bequests, as well as purchases, are made by the 13-member Purchase and Expert Committee of the Art Museum of Estonia, based on the collection policies of the museum.