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.firstname.lastname@example.org 090-786 9353