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Museum Night Estonia 2019 – “Night of Patterns”

Museum Night Estonia 2019 – “Night of Patterns”

Time: 18.05.19  11:00–23:00
Location: Kumu exhibition spaces, Kumu education centre
Price: Free of charge

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: “Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect. Anu Vahtra: Completion through removal”, “Garden Exile: The Tuglas’s Home Garden Through Tanja Muravskaja’s Camera Lens”.

The theme for the Long Night of Museums 2019 is “Night of Patterns”, that invites us to explore the patterns around us in culture, society, nature etc.

Great Hall
In the Great Hall on the second floor visitors can see temporary exhibition: “Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect. Anu Vahtra: Completion through removal”. Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) was an American conceptual artist, who fundamentally changed the understanding of architecture. His site-specific works revealed the chaos and anarchy behind the seeming order of the urban space. Anu Vahtra’s project in the Kumu Art Museum courtyard is inspired by Matta-Clark’s activities.

3rd floor
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.

4th floor
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 “Garden Exile: The Tuglas’s Home Garden Through Tanja Muravskaja’s Camera Lens”. When they were in disfavour during the Soviet era, the literary figures Elo and Friedebert Tuglas found refuge in their garden: gardening helped alleviate their bitterness. The photographic artist Tanja Muravskaja searched in the garden of the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre for the Tuglas’s presence and the meaning of the garden exile today.

6–10 pm “Walking Patterns”: independent orienteering in the Kumu courtyard.
6:30–10 pm “Playful Patterns”: 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 umbrella theme of patterns. 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 following exhibitions will be closed during the Long Night of Museums: Gustav Klucis: Russian Avant-Garde Art in the 1920s–1930s on the 3rd floor wing B, Sots Art and Fashion: Conceptual Clothes from Eastern Europe on the 4th floor wing B and Tommy Cash / Rick Owens in the gallery of contemporary art on the 5th 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.