Sirje Helme, PhD , CEO of Art Museum of Estonia
Editor of art magazine Kunst, director of Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia(1992 -2005), director of Kumu Art Museum ( branch of Art Museum of Estonia) 2005 – 2009, General Director of Art Museum of Estonia, 2009 -2016, since 2016 CEO of Art Museum of Estonia.
Sirje Helmes’s main research field is post-war art (modernism and avant-garde) in Estonia and East-Central Europe. Lecturer in Tartu University. Visiting professor in Tartu University in 2012 –2013. Articles are published in several Estonian and international academic journals, autor of several books, . ,e.g co-author of History of Estonian Art 1940 – 1990, volume 6, books 1,2 , 2013 and 2016, author of Short History of Estonian Art (together with prof Jaak Kangilaski) 1999, also in Finnish, 2000; „Popkunst Forever. Estonian pop art at the turn of the 1960s and 1970s“, 2010; Short History of Estonian Art““, 2019 etc. Editor and author of articles for books („Jüri Okas“, 2017, „Leonhard Lapin“, 2018).
Organized conferences and editor of proceedings of the Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia and Art Museum of Estonia. Curator of several exhibitions in Estonia and internationally, comissioner of the Estonian Pavillion of Venice Biennale 1999 -2005.