KUMU is by far the most important, expensive and biggest cultural project of the Estonian Republic since the beginning of the 90s. That is the only modern construction in Tallinn that has worldwide recognition and fits into real international dimensions. In 2008 KUMU was declared a winner of the European Museum of the Year Award. Throughout the building’s seven floors it has space for permanent exhibitions of Estonian art starting from the early 18th century, halls for big scale temporal art projects, entertainment centre, a library, studios of local and international artists, a cinema, music arena, café, restaurant and so and so on. It’s a real centre of the Estonian culture and if you have 2-3 free days in Tallinn then definitely visit this place.
The project of the building was designed and called “Circulos” by Finnish architect Pekka Vapaavuori. It was built in the slope of a natural limestone cliff and symbolises the frontier between the centre and periphery of Tallinn urban space.
It’s one of my favourite spots in Tallinn, from time to time I do KUMU tours for international groups here, which gives me the privilege of free entrance to the permanent collection and all new exhibitions and each time I walk through the KUMU halls and atrium I feel that there is truly something special in the KUMU air. The place is just designed to create and generate new ideas, or maybe just enjoy the silence.