Stella Pelše

Stella Pelše is an art historian working at the Institute of Art History in Riga since 1993. She received PhD in art history from the Latvian Academy of Art for the study “History of Latvian Art Theory: Definitions of Art in the Context of the Prevailing Ideas of the Time (1900–1940)” (2004, published in 2007). Research interests include art theory, art history, art criticism, aesthetics, contemporary art. Since the late 1990s she writes art criticism and has received several awards for best exhibition reviews, contribution to the history and theory of art and the publication of her PhD work.

Reflections on Dissolution

Jānis Avotiņš, Wanderers in Space-time, exhibition view, Mūkusala Art Salon, 2017. Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Jānis Avotiņš’ solo exhibition Wanderers in Space-time (curator Sniedze Kāle), Mūkusala Art Salon, 3 February–11 March 2017 A rare opportunity to see artworks mostly circulated outside Latvia makes this show stand out within Riga’s exhibition scene. While Latvian art is

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Latvian Contemporary Art Classics

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Exhibition Light at the End of the Cable. Latvian Art in the Digital Era. Works from the state-owned collection of the future Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art (curator Helēna Demakova), Latvian Railway History Museum, 27.09–18.10.2016 While the Latvian Museum of

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Natural, cultural, technological meditations

Krišs Salmanis, Anna Salmane, Kristaps Pētersons "Study". Installation with audio loop. 2016

Art Festival Cēsis celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with its annual contemporary art exhibition demonstrating new works especially commissioned from reputable Latvian artists; that means a guaranteed fresh experience and not a tour of well-known creations already existing in

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A Range of Hybrid Choices

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Tension. The Young in Latvian Painting III. Arsenāls Exhibition Hall of Latvian National Museum of Art, 01.04. – 29.05.2016. The pre-history of this show dates back to 2007 when the first exhibition of young painters’ works titled Našķu bumba /

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Doubts of a Post-Modernist Dilettante

Māra Ķimele, Hardijs Lediņš "Farewell to the Empire"; 1991. Photo by Valts Kleins

Post-Modernism is pure dilettantism, says the Latvian musician Ingus Baušķenieks in a documentary directed by Kristīne Želve, dedicated to the Latvian interdisciplinary artist Hardijs Lediņš (1955–2004). This film was shown at the exhibition Lediņš. Between This and the Other (curated

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