4 generations of Latvia’s outstanding artists - in the exhibition “A Bigger Peace, A Smaller Peace”

From 7 October to 15 November, the Latvian Railway History Museum will host an exhibition of Latvian contemporary art entitled, “A Bigger Peace, A Smaller Peace”. This exhibition, which is a comprehensive showcase of new works by contemporary artists, will take place under the auspices of Boris and Ināra Teterev’s arts programme TÊTE-À-TÊTE 2015.

The exhibition will be comprised of newly created works by established contemporary Latvian artists with international experience, as well as art by talented emerging artists. The artists taking part in the exhibition are Imants Lancmanis, Aigars Bikše, Barbara Gaile, Indriķis Ģelzis, Inta Ruka, Evita Vasiļjeva, Krišs Salmanis, Darja Meļņikova, Kaspars Podnieks, Māra Brīvere, Krista Dzudzilo and Reinis Dzudzilo, Ieva Kaula, Ernests Kļaviņš and Andrejs Kļaviņš, Maija Kurševa, Liene Mackus, Līga Marcinkeviča, Mārtiņš Ratniks, Ieva Rubeze, Zane Tuča, Vilnis Vītoliņš and Brigita Zelča – Aispure. Exhibition curator: Helēna Demakova.

The artists taking part in the exhibition “A Bigger Peace, A Smaller Peace” were invited to refer to individual elements of consciousness integral to their being, which are related to a yearning for peace, as well as to broader natural and social movements, which instil or destroy peace to a greater or lesser extent.

“Movement is the prerequisite for development and any peace is illusory. However, the desire for peace is, possible, one of the rare illusions which allow one, albeit only slightly, to content oneself with death. In rare instances, peace and restlessness can be successfully combined as individual or social concepts in a single work of art,” notes the exhibition’s curator Helēna Demakova.

“Contemporary art has been given centre stage in the 2015 TÊTE-À-TÊTE arts programme. A showcase selection of art from Nordic countries is already on view at the Art Museum Riga Bourse, which marks the beginning of the exhibition cycle “With Seven-League Boots”, whose goal is to introduce Latvian viewers to the very best examples of the contemporary art collections of museums in the Baltic Sea region. The experience of other countries will undoubtedly be extremely valuable to us in implementing our primary objective. Together with the ABLV Charitable Foundation and the Republic of Latvia’s Ministry of Culture, we have undertaken to build the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art by 2021, which will serve as the home of art from the whole region, in particular highlighting the creative output of Latvian artists. Therefore, we are continuing to identify the most outstanding Latvian works of art. The exhibition “A Bigger Peace, A Smaller Peace” spans the creative output of four generations of artists. Therefore, it simultaneously offers a view of the future in addition to being our dedication to the centenary of the Republic of Latvia, which would be unimaginable without Latvian art,” note philanthropists Boris and Ināra Teterev.

Opening hours of the Latvian Railway History Museum during the exhibition: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 17:00, Thursdays from 10:00 to 20:00, Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00, Mondays – closed.