ART DAYS 2014. DIALOGUE
April 15 – May 18, 2014
EXHIBITION OPENING : 15.04.2014. 18:00
GALERY OF ARTISTS' UNION OF LATVIA
11. NOVEMBRA KRASTMALA 35
Art Days celebrates its 55th Anniversary.
In the exhibition participation announcement Igors Dobičins, president of The Artists’ Union of Latvia, sketches the latest activities and turns them into characterised depiction of the situation, where, personages from the novels by M. Bulgakhov are gambling within a “vigorous swirl of Chagalls’ paintings”.
This exhibition has been made in the time, when “a thin frequency of personal expression and the feeling of creation” of nearly every artist has been touched by the political situation in the neighbour countries.
Dobičins emphasizes: “Time defines, that the moment of the analysis has come, analysis of human eagerness, content and the creative spirit.”
More than 80 visual arts professionals and art students from the whole country have answered the call of the application for the Exhibition.
"ЦДХ-2014. Связь времён"
INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION IN CENTRAL HOUSE OF ARTISTS (CDH) IN MOSCOW
28.02. - 09.03.2014.
PARTICIPANTS OF ARTISTS' UNION OF LATVIA - AGNESE RUDZĪTE KRILOVA, LĪGA JUKŠA, JURIS UTĀNS, KRISTIĀNS BREKTE, JĀNIS PURCENS
CURATOR OF EXPOSITION - MAG. ART. DIĀNA LAGUNA
DESIGN - SCULPTOR, PRESIDENT OF AUL, IGORS DOBIČINS
THE CITY FOR THE WORLD
21.02. - 23.03.2014.
St.Peters church, Riga
The city for the world: here and now. Time has come to wake up and open the gate of our city to the world, open it to our friends.
This exhibition is special for us, as we have dedicated it to Riga as a European Capital of Culture. We wish to show our city, our land and people from an artistic perspective. The exhibited medals and small forms present historical references to Riga, its ancient image and events (works by Jānis Strupulis, Ģirts Burvis, Aivars Gulbis, Zigmunds Bielis). It is interesting to view portraits of both prominent people in the history of Latvia and also our contemporaries (medals by Andris Bērziņš, Edgars Grīnfelds, Vija Dzintare).
As part of diversity of world art, we wish to reveal not only the distinguishing features of our sculpture, but also the reflection of human values in our work that are common to the world.
Unique beauty of nature has always been in the focus of artistic creation, whether it is part of nature that acquires an artistic form in the artist’s vision (works by Aivars Gulbis, Andris Abiļevs, Genadijs Stepanovs, Ieva Muzikante), or it is the beloved Latvian colt that is embodied in the works of Mirdza Lukaža, Ritvars Kalniņš un Ligita Franckēviča.
Man has always been in the centre of art, with a focus on human beauty and the world of feelings. Our exhibition also features this theme in plastic forms of torsos and figures (sculptors Viktorija Pelše, Klāvs Veinbahs, Viktors Suškēvičs, Vineta Kurzemniece, Matiass Jansons, Tālivaldis Muzikants, Māra Kalniņa). I would like to single out Ēvī Upeniece’s beautiful, plastic portrait "Asnate".
It is a pleasure to view the cultural heritage of enduring values– folk dances and songs, that have been masterfully depicted by Marina Veilande in her works.
Although the harmony of St. Peter’s church does not suggest any dramatic stories, however, artists cannot help conveying their critical attitude to negative social characteristics (Zigurds Galūns “The Naked King”, Vineta Kurzemniece “Observers”, Ritvars Kalniņš “Shield”).
It is a pleasure to see that the old masters also take part in this exhibition with valuable sculptural works that are rich in form and meaningful in contents:
Oļegs Skarainis, Ēvī Upeniece, Laimonis Blumbergs, Arta Dumpe, Mirdza Lukaža, Olita Nigule, Aivars Gulbis and Betija Strautniece.
The younger generation of sculptors is represented by Agnese Rudzīte Kirillova, Ligita Breģe and Zane Elerte.
The exhibition provides an opportunity to gain an insight into traditions, novel developments and the topical themes of Latvian sculpture within the framework of world art. We speak one language understood by all–that is art.
Art Days 2013. Artist’s monologue. Artists' Union of Latvia museum collections sculpture exposition in the Riga Central market Vegetable pavilion 10.05. - 15.06.2013.
The official opening of the Artists' Union of Latvia museum collections sculpture exposition "Art Days 2013. Artists' Monologue" will take place on 17th May, 2013 at 15:00 in the Riga Central Market Vegetable pavilion.
In an unusual way and place, the exposition offers an insight to sculpture from Artist Union of Latvia museum’s collection. The sculptures from 20th century 70 – 90’s, commemorate a part of the history of sculpture in Latvia, and within the context of this exposition, bridge a new connection with a new place and time. Stone sculpture is a treasure of Latvian art, where working in a unitary tradition each artist, through his or her personal point of view, gives the sculpture unique style and form. Authors of the sculptures are well known and celebrated artists such as Arta Dumpe, Lea Davidova–Medene, Laimonis Blumbergs, Ojārs Breģis, Rasma Bruzīte, etc.
The search of an alternative space for exhibiting art works is like a step towards the conceptual thinking, for it gives the art work a new meaning depending on its location. Even though the self-containment is a value which determines how “ever-lasting” and how timely a work of art is, all works of art, when placed in a different setting and background, gain a new perspective and capture the paradox of context. The layout of the exhibition emphasizes the interaction between art works themselves and their background. It is a unique synthesis of something that usually gets separated - the art work and its space in the physical and philosophical sense. We are used to viewing Art with the big “A” on the background of sterile white walls, but this setting excludes the art works contemporary time, ideas and its connection with reality.
By bringing art outside its formal frame, it gains a new value – different from the neutral immortality that museums and galleries offer. During the Art Days, art occupies the streets and becomes to be a part of the public art phenomenon. The Central Market in Riga is not a neutral setting without a historical past. In the tradition of 70’s modernism, the exposition itself is in a dialogue with the space, bringing to attention the ideas of the century about the place of art in society and the period in which the art works were made.
Artists always work according to their time and esthetics. The granite sculptures are a monument of their time – a part of the 20th century art and ideas. Just like the Central Market of Riga once was a hangar for aircraft that later became the most modern market pavilions, so are the sculptures now portrayed in a different light, from the new perspective.
Igors Dobičins speech opening the festival
„Art Days” – a chance to cock a snook.
Historically „Art Days” had begun to emphasize the freedom of the generative and artistic creation. Art Days’ Manifestation, based in modernism and its different expressions, always has found the accent in the activism of art.
What is art? Is it a craft or a free expression of artists’ views and opinions? An artist is free to express beauty, death, joy and any other feeling he/she cares about. Is an artist only a marionette sustained by the sponsors, who decide the direction of art? Is an artist able to break free from the stylistic and financial dictatorship?
International Art Symposium in the Vidzeme market
From April 15 to 21, 2013 The Artists' Union of Latvia organizes an International Art Symposium Vidzeme markets` Meat pavilion, which will be one of the major events if the festival “Art Days 2013. Artists’ Monologue”.
Sculptors and painters from The Artists' Union of Latvia will participate in the Symposium alongside with artists from fellowship organizations - Estonian, Lithuanian, Slovakian, Russian artists` association, The Association of Polish Artists and Designers in Warsaw, “Focus - Europa” association and The Federal Association of Visual Artists in Germany and students from Art Academy of Latvia.
The art works made during the Symposium – large scale paintings and aluminum cast sculptures– will be exhibited in Art Days 2013. Artists` Monologue exhibition, displayed from 21st of April to 19th of May in Vidzeme markets` Meat pavilion.
The festival Art Days 2013. Artists` Monologue is an international, annual event. This year the opening of the festival will be held on the international World Art day on April 15th.