Latvian Contemporary Art Museum reveals part of its collection in the "...for an occurrence to become an adventure...” exhibition this September

August 28, 2013
Author Echo Gone Wrong
Published in News from Latvia
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Antanas Sutkus, from series “Jean Paul Sartre in Lithuania”, 1965
© Antanas Sutkus, courtesy of White Space Gallery/Anya Stonelake

Since 2005 ABLV Bank have been accumulating a collection of contemporary art, to become part of the collection of the Contemporary Art Museum as soon as it is built. With the exhibition “…for an occurrence to become an adventure…” at Riga Art Space from September 20 to October 27 ABLV Bank presents this collection to the general public for the first time.

Solvita Krese, the curator of the exhibition, introduces its concept: “The title of the exhibition is a reference to what the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said – “For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary – and sufficient – for one to recount it.” For a piece of art to become an adventure, it is necessary to tell it by including in an exhibition, collection, bringing it out into public space. By changing the conditions of this framework, by creating a new context, each time we can obtain a different story and an opportunity to interpret artwork in a dissimilar way, revealing ever new layers of meaning. This time stories become the intertwining thread of the exhibition, revealing the processes behind the scenes, underscoring the authors’ footnotes, conversation snippets, significant events, imprints of their time – facts, hypotheses, rumours and guesses, which often add an unexpected context to a piece of art and allows understanding and interpreting with much more flavour.” Te photography of Sartre, taken by famous Lithuanian photographer Antanas Sutkus in Nida, in 1965, is chosen to be visual identity of the whole project.

Artists represented at the exhibition: Ēriks Apaļais (LV), Juri Arrak (EE), Jānis Avotiņš (LV), Arnis Balčus (LV), Aigars Bikše (LV), Juris Boiko (LV), Māra Brašmane (LV), Evelīna Deičmane (LV), Andris Eglītis (LV), Gints Gabrāns (LV), Barbara Gaile (LV), Andris Grants (LV), Dmitri Gutov (RU), Kristaps Ģelzis (LV), Ieva Iltnere (LV), Kaido Ole (EE), Oleg Kulik (RU), Maija Kurševa (LV), Leonards Laganovskis (LV), Imants Lancmanis (LV), Paulis Liepa (LV), Katrīna Neiburga (LV), Vygantas Paukštr (LT), Miervaldis Polis (LV), Inta Ruka (LV), Krišs Salmanis (LV), Alnis Stakle (LV), Antanas Sutkus (LT), Andres Tolts (EE), Aija Zariņa (LV), Blue Noses Group (RU).

The exhibition will be complemented by a theater performance (created by Inese Mičule, Juris Djakonovs, Ģirts Šolis, Vilnis Vējš, Kārlis Freimanis, Laila Baumane and others), as well as an interactive educational game – adventure for high school 9 – 12 graders, encouraging connecting the pieces of art with their knowledge of physics, chemistry, history and mathematics.

“…for an occurrence to become an adventure…”
ABLV Bank collection for nascent Contemporary Art Museum
September 20 – October 27, 2013
Riga Art Space
3 Kungu Street
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 11:00 – 18:00
Admission: 2 LVL; 1LVL; free of charge for participants of educational programme

Theater performance “…for an occurrence to become an adventure…”
Riga Art Space
2., 9., 11., 25 October 7PM
Riga Art Space
3 Kungu Street
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