“Main building of the University of Tartu in art”

University of Tartu Art Museum
The exhibition will be open until 6 December 2019

The exhibition focuses on the main building of the University of Tartu – a symbolic building of Tartu and of educational life in Estonia. Exhibited are views of the main building in painting, graphic art and drawings dating from early 19th century to the present day, giving a unique cross-section of Baltic German and Estonian art. Curators: Kristiina Tiideberg and Ingrid Sahk. Designer: Peeter Laurits, Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of Tartu in the 2017/2018 academic year.

“World in the rucksack. 100 years of scientific expeditions”

University of Tartu Natural History Museum
The exhibition is open from 27 November 2019.

The exhibition gives an overview of the beginnings of the Estonian school of natural science and its development over the last 100 years as seen through scientific expeditions. Through the contribution of nine scientists we can see how the materials and information collected during expeditions have given rise to ideas for preserving biodiversity and the natural environment.


“Estonia of the ideals. 100 years of search”

University of Tartu Museum
The exhibition will be open until 6 September 2020

The annual exhibition focuses on the Estonian national university and its role in the evolution of the Estonian state, covering events that have happened since the 1920s and made an impact on the Estonian state and the university. An important yet problematic topic from each decade has been highlighted.


“The Academic Woman”

National Archives of Estonia
The exhibition is open from 1 October 2019 until 13 Decenber 2019

The exhibition introduces women’s progress towards higher education and science before World War II.


“Ars Academica: The University of Tartu Art ”

Kadriorg Art Museum in Tallinn
The exhibition is open from 2 November 2019 until 6 September 2020

The University of Tartu is the historical heart of art education, collecting and art theory in Estonia. This exhibition gives a comprehensive overview of the university’s art collection and its development over more than two centuries. Besides world-class masterpieces, the exhibition displays works of art that carry the spirit and the mission of the university. Both Estonian and international art is displayed.

At the same time as the exhibition, an album-size book “100 works of art of the University of Tartu” is published. The book gives an overview of the best pieces of the university’s art treasures and telling the story of the university through art.


Photo exhibition “Beautiful Youth”

Estonian National Museum
The exhibition is open until 2 February 2020.

Photo exhibition “Beautiful Youth” portrays students of the national university throughout the century. Curiosity, openness and incisiveness makes anyone look beautiful. This has remained true throughout the past 100 years.

In the photos at the exhibition we see happy and active students, each of whom has left their mark in the story of the university’s development and, in return, received some wisdom to take along on their life’s journey.

When preparing for this exposition, we considered whether there was a so-called average face of a student. And we thought—yes, it is the face of beautiful youth.


Exhibition “Doctoral dissertations 2019”

Universitu of Tartu Library
The exhibition is open from 25 November to 22 December 2019.

At the anniversary ceremony of Estonia’s national university on 1 December, the Doctor of Philosophy degree will be conferred to a number of researchers. Their dissertations are displayed in the large hall on the second floor of the library. Electronic versions of their theses are accessible via the UT DSpace digital repository to anyone interested anywhere in the world.


Online exhibition “University of Tartu 1919–1940 through the camera”

The online exhibition will be opened on 22 November and can be viewed at utlib.ut.ee.

Dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s national university, the online exhibition “University of Tartu 1919–1940” shows professors, classes, buildings, rooms and events as they were captured on photos of these years. The exhibition is based on the photo collection of the University of Tartu Library and displays more than 600 photos with descriptions.

Photo exhibition
The Merry Student. Hundred Years of Student Life on the Shores of the Emajõgi River

The exhibition is open from 27 November to 30 December 2019.

Through the centuries the students radiating youthfulness and joy of life has influenced this little town on the shores of the Emajõgi River. Student life is also not just limited to the lecture halls. Students have always been creative in finding ways to spend their free time and one can say every era features its own interesting traditions. 


Von Bock House photo exhibition “Faces of the University III”

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This exhibition shows portraits of researchers and professors who work at the University of Tartu. Forty-five well known, socially active scientists and esteemed professors representing all faculties and institutions of the university are displayed in eleven windows of the house as if looking out onto the city, its residents and visitors.