Kristaps Ģelzis. Bedtime Story. 2008. Paper, watercolour, fluorescent acrylic. 100x200 cm. Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Collection.

The collection of the future Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art will be showcased

From 27 September to 18 October, as part of Boris and Ināra Teterev’s arts programme TÊTE-À-TÊTE 2016, the Latvian Railway History Museum will host the exhibition "Light at the End of the Cable. Latvian Art in the Digital Era", which is comprised of part of the State-owned portion of the collection of the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art. On view in the exhibition will be iconic works by 25 artists, which have not been available for public viewing for years and, in some cases, even decades.

“The exhibition’s leitmotif is affinity to the so-called digital era, its subjects, paradoxes and impasses. Did you know that a person in a shower can disappear countless times like mist, only to reappear? Did you know that a mobile phone, flying around in circles, forms a beautiful contour of light? Did you know that a trolleybus terminus can be folded up like a paper cube?” asks curator Helēna Demakova, commenting on the vision for the exhibition.

“We plan that the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art will open its doors in 2021. However, it is important that the collection of the future museum of contemporary art is also available for viewing during the period while the museum is still only under development. We hope that for many people these works will be a surprising revelation and an adventure; especially for the younger generation, which has not had the chance to see the works of art in this collection,” note philanthropists Boris and Ināra Teterev.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, the services of a guide-curator will be available, who will introduce groups of young viewers to the works on view. Moreover, an educational guide has been prepared, which contains tasks that will help every pupil, accompanied by teachers or parents, to discover the connection between contemporary art and the digital era.

The participants in the exhibition are: Ēriks Božis, Jay Chow, Evelīna Deičmane, Dace Džeriņa, Kristaps Epners, F5 (Līga Marcinkeviča, Ieva Rubeze and Mārtiņš Ratniks), Jānis Garančs, Kristaps Ģelzis, Ģirts Korps, Kristīne Kursiša, Maija Kurševa, Lev Manovich, Miks Mitrēvics, Anta Pence, Dita Pence, Monika Pormale, Krišs Salmanis, Rasa Šmite, Raitis Šmits, Alise Tīfentāle, Vilnis Vītoliņš, Mehrdad Yazdani and Armands Zelčs.

The Latvian Railway History Museum’s opening hours during the exhibition are as follows:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00,  Thursday from 10:00 to 20:00; Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00; Monday: closed. To arrange a guided tour of the exhibition, please send an e-mail in advance to: