The Institute of Art History and Visual Culture (in Estonian KVI) is the only research institute in art history (Kunstwissenschaft) in Estonia, and a leading one in the Baltic States, covering a wide range of fields of study, from the medieval period to contemporary art. The Institute was founded in 1992 as the Institute of Art History of the Tallinn Art University.

The Institute of Art History and Visual Culture serves both as a research and teaching institution, conducting major research projects in art history and providing education in all three academic levels.

The professors and faculty members in our Institute are top specialists in their fields and recognized experts; our graduates include Estonia’s leading younger generation curators, critics and art theoreticians. The Institute’s curriculum combines historical and object-centred approaches to art with excellent knowledge of theoretical viewpoints. Visual culture studies explore the pictorial and spatial environment, the connections between them, and their functioning society. The curriculum is supplemented by study trips and practical training.

The Institute’s MA programme offers three areas of specialization: Art History and Visual Culture StudiesMuseology or Curatorial Studies. The goal of the doctoral programme is to prepare high-level professionals who are able to work both as teaching or research staff members in the academic sphere and as top-level specialists outside it.

The aim of the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture is to offer a diverse, innovative and inspirational environment for study and research. Training in the speciality is supported by research conducted in the Institute, our research projects, conferences and publications.

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Dear student, a grand ambitious cooperation project is waiting for you!

Come on, let’s make mobility more convenient! EKA will start mapping in autumn how the university interacts with Erasmus students as part of the Transform4Europe project. We want to understand how convenient it is to go to another school to find accommodation and get a student card with the necessary access. This is a joint project with universities: Saarland University (Germany), The ...
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“Studies on Art and Architecture” 2020, ed 29/3-4 is out

The recent issue of Studies on Art and Architecture explores the pictorial experience. The special issue „Depiction: Contemporary Studies on Pictorial Representation“ is a collection of articles on pictorial experience. It has been edited by Regina-Nino Mion, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture. The research articles from different philosophical ...

“Style and Meaning: Disciplinary Conversions in Estonian Art History” (EKA Research Grant, 2021–2022)

The purpose of the project is to concentrate on the critical concepts in Estonian art history, their role in the vocabulary and meaning making within the field over the course of the two last centuries. Our focus is on the concept of style that has not been analysed from a critical historiographical perspective in local research, and its ideological, period- or genre-specific etc. meanings. ...
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Presenting: History of Estonian Art, volume 4: 1840–1900

The book launch of the newest volume from the series History of Estonian Art, Volume 4, covering the years 1840–1900, will take place at the Kadriorg Art Museum in Tallinn on June 17th, starting at 17:00. The editor of the volume is Juta Keevallik, the contributing authors are Tiina Abel, Jüri Hain, Karin Hallas-Murula, Lilian Hansar, Ants Hein, Juta Keevallik, Kaalu Kirme, Tiina-Mall Kreem, ...
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David Vseviov named professor emeritus

On May 19th, the Senate of the Estonian Academy of Arts named professor David Vseviov professor emeritus, effective from September 1st, 2020. David Vseviov first joined the EAA teaching staff in 1986, working at the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture, where he was first named professor extraordinarius in 1997 and continued as professor since 2003. In addition to his research, mainly ...

The Institute of Art History and Visual Culture offers more online content during the emergency

The Institute of Art History and Visual Culture updated their website in order to offer more online content and thus keep contributing to public discourse on art, architecture and design while the Institute’s usual activities aimed at the broader public are temporarily suspended due to the national emergency.  The new subsection of the website (currently available in Estonian only) contains ...