The most extensive overview of how Tartu Art Museum’s collections are formed celebrates the largest art collection in southern Estonia. Based on the last decade’s acquisitions (purchases and donations), Report to the Audience. Acquisitions of Tartmus brings together works by both well-known and aspiring artists from Estonia and abroad from the first half of the 20th century to the present day.
Each year, the museum’s acquisition committee decides which artworks should be added to the collection either through purchases with funding from the Cultural Endowment of 50 000 euros annually or through donations by collectors, artists or their inheritors. Since 2010, the museum has registered over 2 000 items.
The effort of building up an extensive collection is the cornerstone of the museum’s work. The Tartu Art Museum, like most other contemporary museums, is not merely a storage space for art, but also a lively institution actively involved in curating, researching, educating, conserving and publishing about art.
Authors: Jüri Arrak, Pyotr Belenok, Eike Eplik, Soho Fond, Erik Haamer, Kristiina Hansen, Aleksei Gordin, Enno Hallek, Mihkel Ilus, Udo Jõgi, Ilya Kabakov, Na Kim, Kristi Kongi, Igor Kopystiansky, Kaarel Kurismaa, August Künnapu, Rostislav Lebedev, Malle Leis, Ado Lill, Edward von Lõngus, Mihkel Maripuu, Irina Nakhova, Kristina Norman, Kaido Ole, Villu Plink, Miervaldis Polis, Dmitri Prigov, Jaan Põldaas, Tanel Rander, Erika Roots, Sirje Runge, Eduard Rüga, Silja Saarepuu, Jaanus Samma, Ahti Seppet, Imat Suumann, Kuzya Zverev, Malev Toom, Ville Tops, Anna-Stina Treumund, Anu Vahtra, Edgar Viies, Ülo Õun
Curators: Julia Polujanenkova, Heiti Kulmar
Coordinator: Kristlyn Liier
Graphic design: Tnxalatte
Exhibition design: Jevgeni Zolotko
Educational and audience programmes: Kristel Sibul
Exhibition team: Richard Adang, Nele Ambos, Tanel Asmer, Brigitta Davidjants, Maarika Espenberg, Indrek Grigor, Joanna Hoffmann, Mare Joonsalu, Margus Joonsalu, Annegret Kriisa, Jaanika Kuznetsova, Kadri Mägi, Julia Polujanenkova, Riin Lisett Rei, Anti Saar, Anna Simagina, Peeter Talvistu, Tiiu Talvistu, Kristo Tamm, Ago Teedema, Urmo Teekivi
Thanks: Cultural Endowment of Estonia