“Milius the Explorer”

On 12 November, Tartu Art Museum’s Project Space opens an exhibition about the influential art collector Matti Milius (1945–2015). The exhibition primarily focuses on his network of contacts outside Tartu. Many stars of the 20th century avant-garde from Milius’s collection like Ilya Kabakov and Leonhard Lapin are included. The exhibition “Milius the Explorer” will remain open until 31 December.

The aim of the exhibition is to shed light on Matti Milius as a curator, collector and a personality inside Estonia and abroad. The title “Milius the Explorer” references his ambition to extend the geographical limits of his collection. He was active both as a collector and curator already during the Soviet Era and also during later years. Most of the works he collected were by artists from Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and other communist countries. After Estonia re-gained its independence, Finnish works were also included. Matti Milius’s collection was one of the largest in Estonia: at its height it included over 150 paintings and about 2000 prints and ex-librises. During his lifetime, he received works from hundreds of artists and usually free of charge. Milius was mostly interest in his contemporary avant-garde and the unofficial art of the Soviet Era.

The stories about Milius, that can be seen and heard at the exhibition, form the history of his collection. Milius’s relationship with an artist was personal and therefore the collection mostly consisted of works by his friends and acquaintances. His pseudonym Moguči and Milius’s participation in various happenings have also been included to introduce him as a natural performer: a characteristic that is always useful for a collector. The exhibition includes many photos, interviews, texts and artefacts connected to Matti Milius. Many significant avant-garde works from Milius’s collection have also been included that he received on his journeys to Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.

The present exhibition is part of the archive project Tartu’88 that maps the art life in Tartu over the last 25 years.

Participating artists: Elena Balsiukaitė-Brazdžiūnienė (LT), Ilmārs Blumbergs (LV), Gleb Bogomolov (RU), Haralds Elceris (LV), Toomas Griin, Aime Hansen, Jorma Hautala (FI), Danutė Jonkaitytė (LT), Ilya Kabakov (RU/US), Linas Leonas Katinas (LT), Raivo Kelomees, Lauri Kulpsoo, Leonhard Lapin, Tõnu Noorits, Miervaldis Polis (LV), Ain Protsin, Eduard Šteinberg (RU), Raivo Tasso, Malev Toom, Reiu Tüür, Silver Vahtre and Toomas Vint

Curator: Ruuda Liisa Malin

Co-ordinator: Peeter Talvistu

Exhibition team: Nele Ambos, Merli-Triin Eiskop, Joanna Hoffmann, Mare Joonsalu, Hanna-Liis Kont, Kadri Mägi ja Ago Teedema

Thanks: Renna Ali, Mati Aun, Inese Baranovska, Lilija Dinere, Viktor Gurov, Pikkar Joandi, Tiiu Kimber, Kaisa Kivimaa, Mart Lepp, Jane Liiv, Harry Liivrand, Jaan Malin, Vladimir Pavlov, Tiina Piikmann, Olga Pole, Margus Punab, Kristjan Raba, Inga Rätsep, Aet Sorokolet, Riho Suurmets, Toms Zvirbulis, Peeter Urbla and Andris Vitolins

The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

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Additional information:
Hanna-Liis Kont
Manager of Exhibitions Department
Phone: 58817801

Exhibition “Changing Tartu in Four Views”
(curator Merli-Triin Eiskop)

Beginning 11 November Tartu Art Museum will introduce its rich collections with a new exhibition on the depiction of Tartu in paintings and prints throughout Estonian art history. The exhibition includes numerous artists associated with the Pallas art school, such as Nikolai Triik, Johannes Võerahansu and Kaarel Liimand, as well as Baltic German artists from the 19th century. The opening of the exhibition takes place on 10 November at 6pm. The exhibition will remain open until 19 February 2017.

The aim of the exhibition is to introduce the museum’s collections through works from the last two centuries depicting Tartu. This selection offers a historic overview of the changes in the perception and representation of Tartu and its symbolic locations. Visitors will take a stroll through the history of some of these places and they can see the transformations in the town, as well as in the art that has depicted it.

There are many places and symbols in Tartu that are seen as characteristic of its identity, and the present exhibition has chosen four locations that are often associated with Tartu: the suburbs, the Emajõgi River, the main building of the University of Tartu and Toome Hill. These locations make the changes that have taken place in the life of the town and its art clearly visible.

Participating artists: Indrek Aavik, Ellinor Aiki, Albert Anni, Peet Aren, August Philipp Clara, Nigul Espe, August Matthias Hagen, Hermann Eduard Hartmann, Helgi Hirv, Louis Höflinger, Andrus Johani, Richard Kaljo, Albert Kesner, Elmar Kits, Johann Wilhelm Krause, Woldemar Friedrich Krüger, Kaja Kärner, Mailiis Laur, Erich Leps, Kaarel Liimand, Lola Liivat-Makarova, Lepo Mikko, Hando Mugasto, Ella Mätik, Kalju Nagel, Villem Ormisson, Erich Pehap, Varmo Pirk, Karl Pärsimägi, Gustav Raud, Friedrich Schlater, Hermann Friedrich Schrenck, August Schuch, Imat Suumann, Ernst Tiido, Albert Toomapoeg, Nikolai Triik, Nadežda Tšernobai, Johannes Uiga, Lüüdia Vallimäe-Mark, Aleksander Vardi and Johannes Võerahansu.

The exhibition is accompanied by an educational program. Additional information:

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog in Estonian, English, Russian and German that includes reproductions of the exhibited works. The publication has been compiled by Merli-Triin Eiskop and designed by Jaan Evart.

Curator: Merli-Triin Eiskop
Graphic design: Jaan Evart
Exhibition design: Inga Heamägi
Exhibition team: Richard Adang, Nele Ambos, Rael Artel, Karl Feigenbaum, Joanna Hoffmann, Mare Joonsalu, Margus Joonsalu, Hanna-Liis Kont, Heiti Kulmar, Jaanika Kuznetsova, Kadri Mägi, Kristjan Nagla, Julia Polujanenkova, Kristel Sibul, Peeter Talvistu, Ago Teedema and Urmo Teekivi

Thanks: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Tartu City Council, University of Tartu Art Museum, private collections, Raimu Hanson and Tiiu Talvistu

Additional information:
Hanna-Liis Kont
Manager of Exhibitions Department
Phone: 58817801

Exhibition “Encounter Estonian Design. An Introduction“

Exhibited designs:

Anna von Maydell / Atelier für Kunstgewerbe, A.M. Luther furniture factory, J. Lorup glass factory, E. Taska workshop, Tarbeklaas, Standard, Estoplast, Kunst ja Kodu, Tallinna Ehituskeraamikatehas, Kunstitoodete Kombinaat, Punane Ret, Salvo, Ruum ja Vorm, Martin Pärn, Tarmo Luisk, Veiko Liis, Jaanus Orgusaar, Kärt Ojavee, Raili Keiv, Keha3, HUUM, Iseasi, Scheckmann, Kärt Põldmann, Marit Ilison, Warm North, Johanna Tammsalu, Monika Järg, Anton Koovit, Kelpman Textile, etc.

Curator: Kai Lobjakas, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

On 29 September, an overview of the history of Estonian design curated by the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design will be opened in Tartmus. It concentrates on the most important aspects and trends in Estonian design. For Tartmus, this is the first overview of Estonian design. “Encounter Estonian Design. An Introduction” will remain open until 1 January 2017.

Over the last decades the various aspects and layers of Estonian design have been thoroughly researched. Design, like most other labels and ideas with a prolonged history, has been redefined to reflect the needs of any era. The rise of new meanings, however, has meant that understanding design has become harder and some of the newer definitions might not be compatible with the older ones. To some, “design” might mean a specific technical detail or an especially valuable chair, but others might define it as life altering innovation. This raises the questions: is design an object or a service, visible or invisible, a product, a unique item or an idea?

The spatial and temporal borders have also been changing. The history of design either begins with human civilization, with the industrialization period of the end of the 18th century, or with the years following the Second World War. All of these definitions, however, see design as a means of change – either for a group or an individual. It makes life easier, safer and happier.

Although Estonians have participated in the creation of many important design solutions – like the spy camera Minox or the communication platform Skype – our design has been historically associated with light industry and everyday life.

The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design has used the last 15 years to map the local design landscape and to place its history into context. With new information, the idea of Estonian cultural heritage has grown. The present exhibition is based on this research and connects the history of design with contemporary ideas. Using a selection of examples that have been considered the most prominent of their time, it contextualizes the Estonian design landscape and reveals the various aspects that are its most distinguishing characteristics.

An educational programme for various age groups will accompany the exhibition.

Exhibition graphic design: Indrek Sirkel

Exhibition design: Edina Dufala-Pärn. Containing exhibition modules by 3+1 designed for the 2006 Tallinn Applied Arts Triennial.

Exhibition team: Nele Ambos, Rael Artel, Karl Feigenbaum, Joanna Hoffmann, Margus Joonsalu, Sten Ojavee, Julia Polujanenkova, Kristel Sibul, Peeter Talvistu, Ago Teedema

Supporters: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, architectural office 3+1

Thanks: UBS Repro, Estonian Film Archives, AS Põltsamaa Felix

Additional information:
Joanna Hoffmann
Contemporary art curator
Phone: 58817802


Architectural exhibition “Who Creates the City?“

On 29 September, the exhibition “Who Creates the City?” asks who has shaped the urban environment of Tartu, for what reasons and with what resources and results. Three galleries introduce the activities and spatial outcomes of the city government, the developers and the citizen activists. The fourth contains contemporary visual and textual works representing the notable locations of Tartu and shaping the face of the town. The exhibition is curated by the architectural historian Pille Epner and co-curated by architect Kaja Pae. “Who Creates the City?” will remain open until 4 December.

The aim of the exhibition is to look at the town from the viewpoint of different participating groups. The intelligent development of urban environment is determined by the visions of various participants, their ability to carry out dialogues and to achieve co-operation. We can create a better city together by understanding what possibilities and means for developing the urban space are held by the city government, the real estate developers and the citizens themselves.

The exhibition offers a map for an active citizen, an overview of designs for public spaces and shows architectural objects that understand their context. Glimpses of the mysterious edges of Tartu that shape the atmosphere in the town in their own hidden ways can also be found. In addition, 15 interviews representing various relevant groups are displayed, including architects and officials who plan the town, real estate developers and citizen activists.

According to the curators, the exhibition concentrates on the most important processes and initiatives that shape the urban environment of Tartu. “Over the last years, a heated discussion has been carried out asking critical questions about a high-quality urban environment that would follow the historic traditions of Tartu. On the one hand, it is a sign that a more thorough approach to urban planning is needed, on the other it also suggests that the different parties are prepared to hold dialogues.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a map for an urban connoisseur that introduces the contemporary architecture of Tartu and shows the ways off the beaten path.


Curator: Pille Epner

Co-curator: Kaja Pae

Exhibition design and photos: Paco Ulman

Graphic design: Tuuli Aule

Illustrator: Eleonora Kolycheva

Exhibition team: Richard Adang, Rael Artel, Merli-Triin Eiskop, Karl Feigenbaum, Joanna Hoffmann, Margus Joonsalu, Jaanika Kuznetsova, Kadri Mägi, Sten Ojavee, Kristel Sibul, Peeter Talvistu, Ago Teedema.

Thanks: Tõnis Arjus, Karin Bachmann, Liisa-Lota Kaivo, Volli Kalm, Lemmit Kaplinski, Kalev Kase, Marie Kliiman, Jarno Laur, Kadri Leetmaa, Kadri Lind, Holger Loodus, Lilian Lukka, Sandra Mälk, Meel Paliale, Tanel Paliale, Ilmar Part, Kristiina Praakli, Martti Preem, Aili Saluveer, Tiit Sild, Sirla, Hettel Sõrmus, Enriko Talvistu, Anna-Liisa Unt, Siim Vatalin.

The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

Additional information:

Joanna Hoffmann

Contemporary art curator

Phone: 58817802