Permanent Exhibition


Meissen Porcelain Factory, Johann Joachim Kändler, Figures from the Series Monkey Concert. 1753. Art Museum of Estonia

Collection of Johannes Mikkel: the Art of Western Europe, Russia, and China from 16th to 20th centuries

In 1995, Johannes Mikkel donated his collection – more than 600 works of West European, Russian, Chinese and Estonian art – to the Art Museum of Estonia. The best of Johannes Mikkel’s collection is displayed on the first floor of the palace kitchen building in Kadriorg. The history of this building goes back to 1721, when the predecessor of the present building was built, together with the palace and the surrounding park. The exposition of the Mikkel Museum located in the kitchen house belonging to the palace complex displays Western European paintings and prints, as well as Chinese and European porcelain.

Mikkel Installation Room. Visit to a Collector

The collector’s room, which has been created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mikkel Museum, recalls the private dimension of today’s museum exhibits, when their home was the private collector Johannes Mikkel’s (1907–2006) standard three-room flat in Tallinn. The thematic installation is accompanied by a film and educational programme that helps to bring their interesting stories and the meaning attached by the collector to the public. Because, as Mikkel was wont to say: “Art always finds its way to the person who truly loves it.” Curator: Greta Koppel

Through the Collector’s Eye. Johannes Mikkel’s Art Collection
The multimedia guide allows the collector’s attributions and legends to be compared to the museum’s objective information, revealing the value and meaning of the works for the collector, and the broader cultural importance of the collection.