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Published: 10 Jan, 2013

Soviet Mythology in Latvian Art

NEWS Sunday January 27 Bildmuseet opens two new exhibitions. Welcome to the press preview, Thursday January 24, at 10:00.

The exhibition is opened by Director Katarina Pierre on Sunday February 27, at 14:00. Curator Elita Ansone, Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga, gives a lecture at 15:00, Socialist Realism as Instrument for Constructing Communism.
The exhibition Daniel Canogar / Quadratura opens the same day

Soviet Mythology in Latvian Art is an exhibition of paintings and sculptures from the period 1945-1985. It focuses on socialist realism as an art movement shaped by ideology and as a part of the Soviet political programme. Art was strictly regulated and the job of the artist was to articulate the ideals of communism. The myths that were formulated were about the happy Soviet society and the sense of duty, diligence and bravery of the Soviet people.

The exhibition displays works by Vladimirs Andrijenko, Aleksandra Briede, Jānis Briedis, Aleksejs Fjodorovs, Sejmons Gelbergs, Tenis Grasis, Edgars Iltners, Eduards Kalniņš, Mihails Korņeckis, Emīls Melderis, Gunārs Mitrēvics, Anna Nollendorfa, Jānis Osis, Līvija Rezevska, Herberts Siliņš, Džemma Skulme, Aleksandrs Stankēvičs and Rita Valnere.

Soviet Mythology in Latvian Art is produced by Bildmuseet in collaboration with the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga, Latvia. Curated by Elita Ansone.

Program in connection with the exhibition

SUN 27/1 AT 15:00
Socialist Realism as Instrument for Constructing Communism
Lecture by Curator Elita Ansone, Latvian National Museum of Art

SUN 3/2 AT 14:00
The Ideological Significance of the Totalitarian AestheticsLecture by Lena Berggren, Historian at Umeå University.
Language: Swedish

SUN 3/3 AT 14:00
Soviet Period Modernists in Latvia. From Thaw to Perestroika
Lecture by Curator Irēna Bužinska, Latvian National Museum of Art

SUN 24/3 AT 14:00
Art Criticism in Soviet Latvia

Lecture by Stella Pelše, Senior Researcher, Institute of Art History at the Latvian Academy of Art

SUN 7/4 AT 14:00Guided tour by Sofia Johansson, Curator Bildmuseet
Language: Swedish

SUN 21/4 AT 14:00Guided tour by Brita Täljedal, Curator Bildmuseet
Language: Swedish

For more information

Sofia Johansson, Curator Bildmuseetsofia.johansson@bildmuseet.umu.se
090-786 9353

Editor: Helena Vejbrink