Tartu Art Museum (Estonian: Tartu Kunstimuuseum) is a state-owned museum of art located in Tartu, Estonia. It was founded in 1940 on a private initiative by the members of local art school Pallas. This is the largest art museum in Southern Estonia.A visit to Tartu Art Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Tartu travel website to plot your vacation.
The main collection consists of works of art by Estonian and foreign artists, associated with Estonia, from the 18th century until now. The collection includes around 23,000 items. The museum presents temporary exhibitions drawn from the museum's collection, and in cooperation with Estonian and foreign museums and galleries. Exhibitions are held in a historical building situated by the Town Hall Square of Tartu.
In recent years, some the exhibitions of modern art in the museum have initiated a wide public debate about the merits and borders of art. The most controversial exhibitions have been MÖH? FUI! ÖÄK! OSSA! VAU! in 2012, exhibiting the most scandalous works of Estonian art since the 1990s, and "My Poland. On Recalling and Forgetting" in 2015, exhibiting modern Polish art about the Holocaust.
In 2013–2017 Tartu Art Museum was led by Rael Artel, a former independent curator and gallerist.
Tartu Art Museum reviews
This is not only a leaning house but one of Estonia’s largest art museums. Unfortunately our time in Tartu was limited so we did not enter the museum but the building itself is a sight worth seeing. more »
The Estonian cultural renaissance between the wars included a circle of starving artists in Tartu. Some of their preserved work was clever. Some was just their homework from art classes. more »
I was surprised by the variety of paintings and sculptures. The experience was great even though I didn't expect much because the building is quite small and not very welcoming. Fortunately my expectations were wrong. Definitely recommended if you are in Tartu!
The leaning house is a cool thing to see. It's especially cool that it is tilted more than Pisa tower.
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