On Thursday, 3 March at 17:30 Japanese artist Hirohisa Koike’s conversation and workshop „Map of micro histories  – photography workshop on personal memories and places“  in association with Laura Põld’s exhibition “Hundreds of Illusions Charted as Land” will be held  in Tartmus.

Koike’s starting point is Põld’s personal exhibition where the artist also maps out her memories from a trip to Japan in her short texts. In turn, Koike invites the audience to discuss the idea of storing personal memories in a work of art, in photography.

Personal memory/history is unique, it does not try to convey immutable facts but a personal experience. Koike’s own oeuvre has been characterized as an autobiographic diary where the artist is trying to record the unrecordable: the disappearance of time, people and landscape.

In the course of the event, Koike will explain the idea of microhistories and invites the participants to create a common map of visual microhistories of Tartu.

Bring along a smart device or a photo camera! Photos by the participants will be later collected into an Instagram page.

Entrance with museum ticket.


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Hirohisa Koike (b 1979) is an artist living in Gumma, Japan. He has a bachelor’s degree in German from Dokkyo University, Saitama, and a master’s degree in photography from the Musashino Art University, Tokyo; at the latter he has also worked on his doctoral studies. He has taught photography in the Ochanomizu Art College, Tokyo. His works are mainly based on portraiture. Since 2005 he has had exhibitions in Japan, France, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.


Further information:

Sten Ojavee

Coordinator of Exhibition´s Department



Laura Põld’s solo exhibition “Hundreds of Illusions Charted as Land”

On Friday, 15 January Laura Põld’s solo exhibition “Hundreds of Illusions Charted as Land” will open in Tartmus. This time the artist has combined elements from her previous exhibitions with new themes to form a whole new landscape. Exhibition will stay open until 20th of March.

Laura Põld, who has studied ceramics at the Estonian Academy of Arts and painting at the University of Tartu, has found recognition in Estonia and abroad for her painting and spatial installations filled with found object aesthetics. A year ago, her poetic environments consisting of paintings, videos and natural objects, including “Attempts to Stage a Landscape”, “Castle” and “The Night Your Mate Danced Like a Tree”, won her the annual award of the Foundation for Fine and Applied Arts of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. At the present exhibition, the artist and the curator Peeter Talvistu have collaborated to create a world that contains both new and well-known elements that form a monumental environment.

Laura Põld says: “It is a collection of places, spatial experiences, colours, materials and spots of light on my studio wall that I have tried to map, but whose existence becomes more dubious by the day. Since this is my first exhibition in a space that has more than one room, I have been especially careful about staging the movement between the works. Through Juhan Vihterpal’s sounds, viewers will find hints of locations, conversations, steps on stone pavements and the works contained in the exhibition. The ideas circulate and transform through different rooms and studios, and over time.”

Two weeks after the opening, on 28 January, the catalogue covering Laura Põld’s present oeuvre, entitled “Laura Põld and Hundreds of Illusions Charted as Land”, will be presented. The 264-page English and Estonian book is richly illustrated with reproductions of works from Põld’s previous exhibitions, and also contains the documentation of the present display. Põld’s works are analysed by Post Brothers, Liisa Kaljula and Peeter Talvistu. The graphic design of both the catalogue and the exhibition is by Tuuli Aule.


Press photo: Jürgen Voolaid

Exhibition team: Richard Adang, Nele Ambos, Tuuli Aule, Leelo-Mai Aunbaum, Karl Feigenbaum, Margus Joonsalu, Dana Karjatse, Arvi Kuld, Kristjan Nagla, Sten Ojavee, Kristel Sibul, Urmo Teekivi, Markus Toompere, Juhan Vihterpal and Jürgen Voolaid

Supporters: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Tartu and Tartu Artists’ Union

Additional information:

Peeter Talvistu

Exhibition curator

5650 7782

Tartu Art Museum opens an exhibition about camera-based contemporary art on 20th of November.

The exhibition “From Explosion to Expanse. Estonian Contemporary Photography 1991—2015” is the first such large-scale exhibition focusing on contemporary camera-based art, and follows the evolution of photography into one of the most prominent and versatile mediums in Estonian art since the beginning of the nineties. Exhibition will be open until 28.02.2016.

Most global success stories of contemporary art are nowadays linked to photography and photographic education; camera-based work has advantage because of its contemporary, potent visual language. When making an overview of the last 25 years the aim, therefore, is to sketch a picture of camera-based art as a contemporary medium and its most important themes, while using the works of 45 artists as examples. The most significant themes are memory and the creation of memories, the creation and study of social and sexual roles, photography as a medium which carries political charge, and photography as a construer and presenter of the visual and aesthetic world.

In all the works the artist and the camera are active participants and self-conscious meddlers. „Contemporary photographic art is primarily related to people’s identities and self-presentation in social and political context. When creating an image, the artist ought to be bold and precise, because the photographic image has an ability to influence our perception of reality which seems ordinary, or how we imagine our ideals,“ explains curator Anneli Porri.

The period of 20-odd years covered by the exhibition has seen huge changes take place in both art and society. The beginning of the 1990s can be compared to an explosion: a sharp transition in public life brought with it rapid developments in unexpected directions also in art, including changes in the way exhibitions were organised and curated. Exiled from the art halls and galleries until then, photography was quickest to react to these changes and became the herald of a new aesthetic, restorer of discarded memories, mirror to the new society. Expanse, by contrast, is primarily a metaphor for the broadened horizons of our contemporary art scene, equal opportunities, and contemporary art’s global reach, which is now open to any artist.

„As a museum of art and an institution of memory we have a task to draw attention to significant shifts in the art scene, and the 1995 Saaremaa biennal Fabrique d’Histoire was something which undoubtedly caused one such shift. We decided to celebrate that spectacular event which in mid-nineties’ Estonia had an incredible scope, and which powerfully brought contemporary art in its modern sense to Estonia’s art scene, using predominantly the medium of photography. We would now like to offer the public an overview of what has been happening in photographic art in the last 20 years,“ Rael Artel clarifies.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an exhibition publication containing interviews and essays; it is edited by Anneli Porri and designed by Jaan Evart. Annika Toots writes about photography as a medium of memory; an interview with Eve Kiiler provides emotional and factual background for the artists and the context of the works in the last 30 years. Marge Monko and Hanno Soans talk about photography and the author’s position in contemporary photography.

Artists: Avangard (Sandra Jõgeva & Margus Tamm), DeStudio (Herkki-Erich Merila & Peeter Laurits), Kaisa Eiche, Dénes Farkas, F.F.F.F. (Kristi Paap, Kaire Rannik, Berit Teeäär, Ketli Tiitsar, Maria Valdma), JIM (Johannes Säre, Iti Connor, Maido Juss), Toomas Kalve, Eve Kiiler, Mari-Leen Kiipli, Paul Kuimet, Laura Kuusk, Mari Laanemets, Marco Laimre, Peeter Laurits, Ly Lestberg, Peeter Linnap & Jaanus Nõgisto, Arne Maasik, Herkki-Erich Merila & Arbo Tammiksaar, Marge Monko, Tanja Muravskaja, Krista Mölder, Katja Novitskova, Taavi Piibemann & Toomas Thetloff, Birgit Püve, Mark Raidpere, Piia Ruber, Piret Räni, Jaanus Samma & Alo Paistik, Liina Siib, Tiit Sokk, Andres Tali, Peeter Tooming & Carl Sarap, Laura Toots, Mare Tralla, Anna-Stina Treumund, Anu Vahtra & Na Kim, Tarvo Hanno Varres, Sigrid Viir, Mart Viljus, Toomas Volkmann, Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo.

Curator: Anneli Porri.

The exhibition was designed by Neeme Külm, the exhibition publication by Jaan Evart. The exhibition publication was produced in co-operation with Liilia Buschmann, Indrek Grigor, Eve Kiiler, Katrin Kivimaa, Andrus Laansalu, Marge Monko, Sten Ojavee, Erik Prozes, Vahur Puik, Rebeka Põldsam, Hanno Soans, Jaak Tomberg, Annika Toots, Marie Vellevoog, and edited by Anneli Porri.

Exhibition team: Marika Agu, Nele Ambos, Karl Feigenbaum, Urmo Teekivi, Kristel Sibul, Sten Ojavee, Julia Polujanenkova.

Exhibition´s educational programs and publication is organized in co-operation with Tallinn Photomonth 2015.

We are grateful for the support of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Outset Estonia, Art Museum of Estonia, Contemporary Art Museum Estonia, Photo Museum of the Tallinn City Museum, TV 3, Kaisa Eiche, Karin Karindi, Margus Punab, Tiina Põllu, Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, the Council of Gambling Tax, and all the supporters of the Hooandja campaign for Tallinn Photomonth 2015.

Further information:
Sten Ojavee
Coordinator of Exhibition´s Department

Tartmus opens “A New Beginning”, the third show in their anniversary exhibition series
01.10. – 22.11.2015

The title of the exhibition refers to the new beginning the museum found in 1946 in its new building, a former dwelling house at Vallikraavi Street 14, after losing its previous space during the war.

This exhibition focuses on the exhibition programme of the Tartu Art Museum from 1946 to 1950, juxtaposing ideologically suitable works with those that were not. The exhibition also includes excerpts from archival documents and art criticism of the time.

The aim of the exhibition is to shed light on the history of the museum and the conditions of exhibition making in the difficult post war period, ruled by fear, when artists could suddenly be declared “enemies of the nation and the state”. The exhibition shows how the state’s increased interest in art influenced the themes that were displayed at the time and banished most of the artists from the 1920s and the 1930s from the museum’s programme.

In March 1945 the Council of People Commissars of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Estonia (bolsheviks) declared Socialist Realism as the only acceptable style in art and criticised the Estonian art of the past as Formalist and thematically poor and dominated by landscapes and still lifes. It was required that art promoted Soviet mentality. In order to educate Estonian artists in these matters, examples from Soviet and Russian artists were included in local exhibitions.

From 1946 onwards notions like “bourgeois anachronisms”, “aestheticism”, “apolitical stance” and “lack of ideas” came under increasing scrutiny. The overall atmosphere became one of fear and hysteria, anyone could be charged with “bourgeois nationalism”, “Formalism” and “cosmopolitism”.

Artists: Adamson-Eric, Ivan Aivazovsky, Richard Kaljo, Pavel Kirpichov, Ernst Kollom, Arkadio Laigo, Isak Levitan, Kaarel Liimand, Mikhail Matorin, Villem Ormisson, Richard Sagrits, Martin Saks, Vladimir Sergeyev, Vassily Simonov, Dementi Shmarinov, Salome Trei, Ado Vabbe.

Curator: Sten Ojavee

Tartmus would like to thank Rael Artel, Karl Feigenbaum, Margus Joonsalu, Mare Joonsalu, Hanna-Liis Kont, Heiti Kulmar, Keiu Krikmann, Kadri Mägi, Tiiu Talvistu, Peeter Talvistu, Raul Veede.

You are welcome to celebrate the birthday of Tartmus with us!

About the exhibition series

In the year 2015 Tartmus has its 75th jubilee. It was 75 years ago that the artists’ union Pallas finally accomplished their long time dream and Tartu Art Museum was founded. It is an immense collective effort to build a state museum from what began as private conversations between artists. That effort should not be underestimated under any political conditions.

With the assistance of three small exhibitions, the viewers have a chance to make a trip to the beginning times of the museum and the cultural context of 1940s Tartu. All three exhibitions are based on valuable archival materials (historical documents, photos, articles etc) that are rarely shown to the public. In addition, unique works from the high time of Tartu’s art scene are shown – pieces made by outstanding Pallas school artists.

The first exhibition in the series The Victory of Art concentrated on the founding of the museum in the year 1940 and the very first artworks of the collection, when the museum was forced to move again and again. The third and last exhibition in the series The New Beginning introduces the period after World War II (1946–1950), when the museum was able to start its normal way of working.

The exhibited artworks and archival materials are from the collection of Tartu Art Museum.

The exhibition series Tartmus 75! is supported by Tartu City Council.



On September 18 the exhibition „The Hidden Side of Tartmus Collections” will be opened at Tartu Art Museum. At this exhibition, the traditional focal point of the viewer is moved from the front side of the art works to the back. The exhibition will be open until November 8.

Participating artists: Amandus Adamson, Ida Adamson, Ellinor Aiki, Viktor Bibikov, Pierre Joseph Dedreux-Dorcy, Eduard Einmann, Nigul Espe, Julius Gentalen, Pjotr Nikolajevitš Gruzinski, Helmi Astrid Herman, Oskar Hoffmann, Ernst Jõesaar, Oskar Kallis, Hilda Kamdron, Elmar Kits, Aleksander Krims-Radava, Ilmar Kruusamäe, Nikolai Kummits, Elisabet Kurre, Woldemar Friedrich Krüger, Endel Kõks, Johann Köler, Märt Laarman, Ants Laikmaa, Laurentsius, Abel Lee, Erich Leps, Lola Liivat, Karl Ludwig Maibach, Karin Luts, Jüri Marran, Agnes Mikk-Lamp, Juhan Muks, Konrad Mägi, August Mölder, Marco Nipper, Valdur Ohakas, Ilmar Ojalo, Eduard Ole, Henrik Olvi, Aleksander Orlovski, Villem Ormisson, Aare Paap, Varmo Pirk, Juhan Püttsepp, Carl Raedlein, Eduard Rüga, Sven Saag, Johannes Saal, Richard Sagrits, Toomas Sarapuu, Karl August Senff, Rudolf Sepp, Ilja Sokolov, Ülo Sooster, Bruno Sõmeri, Kristjan Teder, Erika Tiisler, Eduard  Timbermann, Ado Vabbe, Voldemar Vaga, Aleksander Vardi, Kuno Veeber, Ants Viidalepp, Urmas Viik, Lilly Walther, Eduard Wiiralt.

The exhibition „The Hidden Side of Tartmus Collections” can be viewed at Tartu Art Museum from September 18. This exhibition is based on museum’s collections and introduces the concealed side of art works.  It is a world inhabited every day by art historians, collectors and museum workers, but remains mostly hidden to the visitors.

On the one hand, this is a hidden world that is not meant for the eyes of the wider audience, on the other, the works are made with the aim of being seen and standing in the centre of attention. Therefore the backside can be considered a public secret. Labels, stamps, writings, sketches and patches are some of the “secrets” that will be presented to the audience in an unconventional manner.

A bilingual publication „Peidetud poolelt / From the Hidden Side“ will also accompany the exhibition. It contains detailed reproductions of many of the exciting discoveries that are found on the backside of art works.

Photo credits: The backside of Kirstjan Teder’s “Paris in Bloom” that shows a work that was made during his studies at the Vasily Shukaev private academy. (Photo: Tõnu Tamm)

Curator: Nele Ambos

Designer: Elo Kiivet

Graphic design: Meelis Brikker

Team: Karl Feigenbaum, Indrek Grigor, Mare Joonsalu, Margus Joonsalu, Sten Ojavee, Julia Polujanenkova, Mari Roostik, Kristel Sibul, Peeter Talvistu, Tiiu Talvistu, Ago Teedema.

Thanks: Edwin Buijsen, Karl-Erik Hiiemaa, Juta Keevallik, Greta Koppel, Kamila Korbela, Triinu Palo, Peeter Kulasalu, Kristiina Kullus, Siim Lepik, Mai Levin, Kaisa Milsaar, Kadri Mägi, Tõnu Tamm, Joonas Vangonen, Adriaan Waiboer.

Supporter: Cultural Endowment of Estonia.


Addition information:

Nele Ambos

general conservator

588 17809


Kiwa’s solo exhibition “Self-Portrait as Unknown”

The retrospective solo exhibition of Kiwa in Tartmus brings together the artist’s different alter egos and interdisciplinary oevre,, brings together the artist’s different alter egos and interdisciplinary oeuvre, which extends to almost 20 years. His first solo exhibition was “Lollipop’s Fiction” in 1996 in Tartu, which is followed by over twenty solo and numerous participations of group exhibitions in Estonia and abroad.

The exhibition derives from the intention to focus on the artist’s image, which functions just as a separate artwork. Using media as a public board of notices and wall of scribblings, Kiwa’s persona can be seen as the result of an ongoing performance. In the centre of Kiwa’s image are a constant game with identities and the ongoing use of the death of the author with the aim of defeating his self-portrait and escaping the possibility of having an exhaustive position as an author.

The book “Self-Portrait with the Unknown” is published to accompany the exhibtion. It contains Kiwa’s autobiographical text on becoming an artist, insights into subcultural scenes from the 1980s, about manipulating with the media, etc. Also included are the bibliography of media graffiti and the analysis of Kiwa’s strategies of constructing his image, compiled and written by Marika Agu.

During the exhibition the museum shop provides the best selection of ;paranoia publishing group’s books and it is possible to buy 3D-printed souvenier of the exhibited sculpture “N400”. Technically demanding production processes and the exhibition design is created by the architect Sille Pihlak.

Curator: Marika Agu

Exhibition design: Sille Pihlak

Graphic design: Tuuli Aule

Exhibition installation: Arvi Kuld, Urmo Teekivi

Editors: Marika Agu, Kiwa

Authors of the texts: Marika Agu, Rael Artel, Kiwa

Language editors: Paul Emmet, Aare Pilv

Translators: Karl Erik Saks, Hele Priimets

Educational program: Kristel Sibul

Supporters: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, EDM LLC, Pelltech LLC, Science Centre Ahhaa, Silmani Elekter LTD

Thanks: Art Museum of Estonia, Karl Feigenbaum, Esta Frosch, Taavi Ilves, Laur Kivistik, Elvis Kollom, Jaanika Kuznetsova, Jaana Nõu, Sten Ojavee, Katrin Pilk, Peeter Talvistu, Elnara Taidre, Toomas Volkmann

Additional information:

Marika Agu

Curator of Contemporary Art

+372 588 17802