The complex itself is a work of art - it was opened in 2006 after nearly a decade of planning and construction, and is considered a modern architectural masterpiece. Curves and sharp edges mark out the copper and limestone structure, which is built into the side of a limestone cliff.
Kumu's exhibition aims to appeal simultaneously to a diversity of audiences. Exhibitions display both classical and contemporary art and everything in between. The museum programme features art from the 18th century until today, Estonian art until the Second World War, art of the Soviet era and a temporary exhibition programme of contemporary art. 2008 European Museum of the Year Award was given to Kumu Art Museum. The European Museum of the Year Award is organised by the European Museum Forum that is operating under the auspices of the Council of Europe.
Entrance is free with Tallinn Card.
||1.04-30.09 Tue, Thu-Sun 11-18; Wed 11-20
01.10-31.03 Thu-Sun 11-18; Wed 11-20
01.01.2010 - 31.12.2015
Classics of Estonian Art from the Beginning of the 18th Century until the End of the Second World War.
01.01.2013 - 31.12.2015
Estonian Art from the End of the Second World War Until Re-Independence.
Marju Mutsu. A Moment Captured in Etching
15.05.2014 - 12.10.2014
Nikolai Triik. Classics of the Modernist Era
30.05.2014 - 28.09.2014
Nikolai Triik (1884–1940) was one of the most prominent and avant-garde Estonian artists in the early 20th century. The exhibition, which is dedicated to the 130th anniversary of his birth, is the first large survey exhibition of Triik's work in 30 years.
Merike Estna & Painting in an Open Space
27.06.2014 - 02.11.2014
These are two closely intertwined projects. Both Merike Estna's solo show and the international group exhibition demonstrate how the boundaries of painting are being expanded, by "departing" from the canvas and combining various media.
Our Modernism. Estonian Sculpture in the 1960s–1970s
04.07.2014 - 23.11.2014
The new ideas of these exceptional decades required new sculptural forms and materials. The new aesthetic contrasted boldly with the fossilised canons of Soviet ideology, bringing innovative ideas and technological solutions to Estonian sculpture.
A Moveable Feast. Art Deco Fashion Design from Alexandre Vassiliev's Collection
10.10.2014 - 28.02.2015
This exhibition of the collection of Alexandre Vassiliev (1962) – fashion historian, interior designer, set designer and fashion promoter – focuses on the post-World War I decade, characterised by spiritual and physical liberation.