The collection of graphic works in Tartu Art Museum gives an overview of twentieth century graphic art. From the earlier period are represented with higher numbers works from artists such as Eduard Wiiralt, Hando Mugasto, Aino Bach, Ernst Kollom and others. The legacy of Karin Luts is worth a mention for its numerous pieces of graphics and drawings.
During the period of rapid development of contemporary national graphic art in the 1960s and 1970s, the museum bought approximately 2000 graphic sheets. Among these, the best are the works created using various techniques by Vive Tolli, Avo Keerend, Alo Hoidre, Kaljo Põllu, Peeter Ulas, Herald Eelma, Ilmar Torn, Evi Tihemets, Silvi Liiva, Marju Mutsu, Vello Vinn, Enno Ootsing, Naima Neidre, Marje Üksine, Kaisa Puustak and others.
During recent years, the collection has grown with graphic sheets by Raul Meel and Leonhard Lapin. In addition to the work of older masters, the museum buys works from younger artists – for example Eve Kask, Mall Nukke, Virge Jõekalda, Urmas Viik and Ly Lestberg.
Although the main trend has been Estonian graphic art, the collection also includes West European and Baltic German art by August Hagen, Karl August Senff, Friedrich Schlater, Louis Höflinger, August Clara and others. In the beginning of the 1950s works by Russian Soviet graphic artists were also acquired, including such rare examples as Natalia Gontcharova and Mikhail Larionov.
Sadly the museum has limited space for exhibitions and we currently do not have a permanent exhibition, so not all of the collection highlights are on show at all times. However, we try to curate a varied programme of changing exhibitions so that there is always something classical on show, as well as picks from contemporary Estonian art.Museum database muis