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Kumu Art Museum

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An international architectural contest, 1994, for the new art museum project organized by the Estonian government, the Art Museum of Estonia and the Union of Estonian Architects was won by the Finnish architect Pekka Vapaavuori. More than 10 years passed until KUMU opened its doors and became the largest art museum in the Baltics and one of the largest in Northern Europe. A multifunctional seven storey building houses exhibition halls, conference venues, an educational centre, a library and a restaurant. KUMU presents two permanent collections - one of them covers Estonian classical art from the 18th century until the end of the WWII, while the other - Estonian art after the war, till regaining of independence. The first one traces the development of Estonian art as from the 18th century, comprising portraits by Baltic German artists up to 19th century creative aspirations of the first Estonian own artists and manifestations of modernism in Pallas students' works, 20s/30s of the 20s century. The extensive exposition offers renowned names, like Kristjan Raud, famous for his „Kalevipoeg" illustrations or Konrad Magi, a celebrated Estonian landscapist, alongside with some less familiar yet maybe therefore even more interesting artists. KUMU spacious exhibition halls allows to show lots of valuables, kept at museum depositories so far.
Museum's 4th floor offers exhibitions that feature art trends of the 2nd half of the 20s century - from imposed social realisms to creative interpretations of current Western art tendencies - pop art, hyperrealism and many more. The museum carefully follows developments of Estonian landscape painting as well.
The 5th floor houses Estonian and non-Estonian temporary contemporary art exhibitions. Estonian modern and contemporary art museum is worth visiting not only for its art exhibitions but also for savoring its unique architectonic space. Its ground floor houses a lovely café.

Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1

www.ekm.ee/eng/kumu.php

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