Scientific conference about Voldemārs Matvejs will be held
An exhibition „Nākotnes mākslu meklējot. Voldemārs Matvejs ārpus Eiropas. Āfrikas, Okeānijas un Ziemeļāzijas māksla” („In search of the future art. Voldemārs Matvejs outside Europe. Art from Africa, Oceania and North Asia.”) will be held at „Riga Bourse” Museum this autumn. The exhibition is included in the official programme of European Capital of Culture and will, therefore, offer an insight into world cultural heritage also promoting the work of Voldemārs Matvejs (1877 – 1914) who was a Latvian painter, cultural researcher and theoretican.
A scientific conference curated by The Latvian National Museum of Art „Nākotnes mākslu meklējot. Voldemārs Matvejs un ārpus Eiropas kultūru pētniecība 20. gadsimta sākumā” will cover the folloring issues: history of cultural research in the beginning of 20th century, description of Matvejs’ work – how his theoretical conclusions improved understanding of Asian and Oceania art among Russian and Latvian Avant-Garde artists.
The special guests of the conference are excellent experts, partners of The Latvian National Museum of Art who also have taken part in curating the exhibition. Jury Chistov who has PhD in History, will read his report on Nikolay Gumilev’s trip to Africa in 1913, he is also a director of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography. Philippe Peltier, curator of Musée du quai Branly, Paris, one of the main Oceania art researchers in the world, will read his paper on Oceania culture reflection in French surrealist artworks.
It is significant that Voldemārs Matvejs himself was particularly interested in Oceania region. In summer, 1913, he went on tour in order to visit the leading ethnographic museums in Europe and collect materials for his books and researches about African and Easter Island art. Therefore, Voldemārs Matvejs was one of the first artists-researchers who thought that the creative experience of other cultural regions was a significant background for new Avant-Garde art.
The conference is curated by The Latvian National Museum of Art in cooperation with French Cultural Institute.
Everyone is invited to attend the conference. Entrance is free of charge.