The Institute of Art History and Visual Culture in Tallinn 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.

It was founded in 1992 as Institute of Art History of the Tallinn Art University (established in 1914). We renamed ourselves the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture in March 2016.

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 department are top specialists in their fields and recognized experts; our graduates include Estonia’s leading younger generation curators, critics and art theoreticians. The Institute of Art History and Visual Culture’s curriculum combines historical and object-centred approaches to art with excellent knowledge of theoretical viewpoints.


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Symposium “Prisms of Silence” at EKA in February 2020

On February 21–22, 2020, the Estonian Academy of Arts will host an international symposium titled “Prisms of Silence”. The symposium seeks to analyse and understand the prisms through which we could meaningfully reconsider significant silences. A particular interest lies in rethinking the silences about WWII, its aftermath and the Soviet era in order to explore how they could ...
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EKA is hosting the ESA annual conference in June 2020

The next European Society for Aesthetics Conference will take place in Tallinn on June 10-12 2020, hosted by the Estonian Academy of Arts. This year’s keynote speakers are: · Professor David Davies (McGill University) · Professor Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp) · Professor Virve Sarapik (Estonian Academy of Arts) More information along with the CFP at the ESA homepage.
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Seminar “The Last Half-Century in Estonian Art History. Jaak Kangilaski 80”

On December 13th, the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture at the Estonian Academy of Arts is hosting a seminar in honour of professor emeritus Jaak Kangilaski. The seminar will focus on the history of Estonian art history, with four presentations by Jaak Kangilaski’s former students (prof Krista Kodres, prof Virve Sarapik, dr Epi Tohvri and Eero Epner), followed by speeches and ...

Estonian MA students in art history and cultural heritage gathered to a joint seminar in Purdi manor

Four Estonian university chairs in art history and relating fields organised on 30th Sept.-1st Oct. 2019 a joint seminar in Purdi manor. Estonian Academy of Arts was represented by its Institute of Art History and Visual Culture as well as the Department of Cultural Heritage and Conservation, the University of Tartu and Tallinn University by their respective chairs of art history. This will ...

Summer school “German Heritage in Eastern Europe. Comparing Narratives, Finding New Perspectives” in EKA and Ravila manor

On 5th–9th August 2019 EKA is hosting the interdisciplinary summer school “German Heritage in Eastern Europe. Comparing Narratives, Finding New Perspectives”, held at the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, and Ravila manor, in cooperation with Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg. The interdisciplinary summer school approaches questions such as these ...

Edited volume on East European post-war art historical writing

The research project Historicizing Art: Knowledge Production in Art History in Estonia amidst Changing Ideologies and Disciplinary Developments, funded by Estonian Research Council, culminated withthe edited collectionA Socialist Realist History? Writing Art History in the Post-War Decades. Eds. Krista Kodres, Kristina Jõekalda, Michaela Marek. (Das östliche Europa. Kunst- und ...