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Ryoji Ikeda’s solo exhibition

Estonian science and art intertwine in a substantial installation by a world-famous Japanese artist.


The Estonian National Museum will share the tale of Estonia and its people while inspiring contemplation regarding our future. All the more fitting that during 2024, the year of Tartu as a European Capital of Culture, a massive installation encompassing all the senses will be on display at the Estonian National Museum. The installation will combine scientific data from the University of Tartu’s Institute of Genomics with an exquisite performance by the Estonian Philarmonic Chamber Choir. Under the guidance of the renowned Ryjoi Ikeda, Estonian science and cultural heritage will take a course towards the future.


Ryoji Ikeda is a world-renowned Japanese composer and artist known for his audiovisual performances and installations. Ikeda’s work has been greatly inspired by science and in 2014–2015 his residency at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) took place. The residency at CERN resulted in the piece Supersymmetry, for which Ikeda received the prestigious Ars Electronica award (Collide@CERN 2014 Prix Ars Electronica). In 2015-2016, the exhibition project was also on display at the Kumu Art Museum.

In 2024, Ikeda will return to Estonia more powerfully than ever before! Ikeda’s solo exhibition, which has a direct connection with the research being conducted in Estonia and with Estonian music, will be open at the Estonian National Museum. Ikeda will create two new works specially for the Estonian National Museum: an audiovisual installation based on the scientific data of the Institute of Genomics, University of Tartu, and a sound installation created in collaboration with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. In addition, one artwork that already exists, the audiovisual installation data-verse, will be exhibited.


The exhibition strengthens the cultural cooperation between Estonia and Japan and offers an original perspective and international resonance for Estonian science and choral music.