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Irving Penn. Diverse Worlds
4th floor, B-wing
This exhibition, compiled by the Moderna Museet in Malmö, which is comprised of almost 100 photos, provides a survey of the still lifes, portraits and fashion photos of Irving Penn (1917–2009), a late 20th-century American photographer.
Afterlives of Gardens
3rd floor B-wing, 5th floor, and Inner Courtyard
This international exhibition examines gardens and parks as places with nature designs by humans, and their functioning in culture and contemporary society.
BMW Art Cars
Kumu foyer and courtyard
The Goethe Institute, in cooperation with the BMW Group and Kumu Art Museum, is bringing four works of art from the extraordinary BMW Art Car Collection to Estonia. Starting on 14 April, within the framework of the German Spring culture month, cars designed by four of the world's top artists will be on display in the Kumu courtyard and foyer.
This exhibition displays a selection of current game productions from Germany and France, representing some of Europe's biggest markets and production sites for digital, interactive entertainment. It invites the visitor to take a playful stroll through the diverse landscape of digital games: a landscape that blurs the traditional boundaries between entertainment, learning and art.
Kaljo Põllu. Estonian Landscape
4th floor, A-wing, Cabinet of Prints and Drawings
Kaljo Põllu (1934–2010) was an Estonian artist and major innovator in graphic art from the 1960s to the 1980s. In the 1970s, he created a series of prints called Estonian Landscape, using the intaglio (mezzotint) method. In Põllu's prints, the landscape image grows into an archetype, by metamorphosing from a realistic motif into a mythological landscape.
Art museum at the airport: sculptor Mare Mikof
Tallinn Airport's old terminal
Mare Mikof (b. 1941) is one of the most outstanding contemporary sculptors in Estonia. She came to the art scene in the early 1970s, when a new aesthetics, which touched all the areas of art, also permeated the developing sculpture. Her first creative years were influenced by hyperrealism and Pop art, which blended with her grotesque concept of the human being. To this day, the artist structures a number of her composition as humorous stagings.
Permanent Exhibition: Treasury
Classics of Estonian Art from the Beginning of the 18th Century until the End of the Second World War.
3rd floor, A-wing
The rooms of permanent exhibition are filled with the early classics of Estonian art from the 18th century until the end of the Second World War. As the exhibition moves from one topic to another - from a work of an anonymous Baltic-German portrait artist to Johann Köler, Kristjan Raud and Konrad Mägi, and on to the Group of Estonian Artists, Pallas School - a visitor can also detect cultural processes characteristic to Western Europe. The exhibition tracks down changes in the Estonian mentality as well as in art styles. It consists of both masterpieces that already have established a place in the collective memory of Estonians and works that have until now been waiting in the depositories to be displayed.
Permanent Exhibition: Difficult Choices
Estonian Art from the End of the Second World War Until Re-Independence.
4th floor, A-wing
The third floor has been occupied by art from the second half of the 20th century. This period was characterised by dramatic changes within the society. Art is one of the best and most accurate means to reflect these changes as it has the exceptional ability to display events, draw conclusions and express either approval or consent at the same time.
This floor deals in depth with the relationship between the Soviet state and art. This relationship is most vividly present in the display of post-war socialist realism. In the introduction of artistic styles and movements that follows, the exhibition discusses different artistic phenomena that took place in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s (modernism, pop art, hyper realism, etc.). The exhibition also takes under consideration the developments in national landscapists´ school and graphics.