Tartu Art Museum
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Tartu Art Museum information
If you’re leaving one of the plaza’s pubs and you’re not sure whether you’re seeing straight, don’t use this building as your guide. Foundations laid partially over an old town wall have given a pronounced lean to this, the former home of Colonel Barclay de Tolly (1761–1818) – an exiled Scot who distinguished himself in the Russian army’s 1812 campaign against Napoleon.
It now contains an engrossing gallery spread over three levels, the bottom of which is given over to temporary exhibitions. Paintings comprise the bulk of the permanent collection, along with some sculpture, photography, video art and mixed media work, including some truly wonderful 20th-century portraiture.