Exhibition „Visionary structures. From Ioganson to Johansons”

Exhibition „Visionary structures. From Ioganson to Johansons”
Publicity photo . Karl Ioganson. The second Constructivism art exhibition in 1921
21-11-2013 A+ A-
„Visionary structures. From Ioganson to Johansons" curated by The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Arts (LCCA) will be held at The National Library of Latvia. The event will be one of the first in line for European Capital of Culture programme in 2014 reflecting on Latvian avant-garde art in 20th to 21st century. Such artists as Karl Ioganson, Gustav Klutsis, Valdis Celms, Jānis Krievs, Artūrs Riņķis, Gints Gabrāns and Voldemārs Johansons will be represented at the exhibition.

These seven artists who represent various generations where each of them is an art innovator of his time give an insight into experimental or maybe even utopic artistic values and their historical change. The exhibition will be an attempt to highlight the paralels and connections between artworks which represent different time periods and ideological backgrounds.

The legendary artists from Latvia Gustav Klutsis (1895-1938) and Karl Ioganson (1890-1929) will represent the early generation, they were members of Constructivist group in Moscow creating works that are nowadays cosidered to be the brightest examples of avant-garde art. Gustav Klutsis’ artworks selected from the collection of The Latvian National Museum of Art will represent the utopian, futuristic „flow” in his creative work.

Spatial constructions- structures created by Karl Ioganson will be exhibited in Latvia for the first time where the artist reveals the principles of tensegrity – widely applicable constructions that define new manufacturing systems with a potential to use them in future. So far, reconstructions of Karl Iogansons’ work have been exhibited at The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Three artists and designers will represent the chronological middle period, and those will be Valdis Celms (1943), Jānis Krievs (1942) and Artūrs Riņķis (1942). Works they created during 1970s - 1980s prove that it was absolutely possible to create avant-gard, visionary works even in Soviet Latvia which were no less impressive and innovative as the Western art examples were during 1960s – 1970s. Kinetic objects, installations, visionary proposals will be presented as well as so called „light painting” particularly related to the modern ideas of Cold War period and the romantic era of exploring new areas in space.

Gints Gabrāns (1970) and Voldemārs Johansons (1970) will be the youngest artists at the exhibition. Their creative activities are based on experimenting with art and science and using information and data visualisation with the potential to cross the current borders of art and looking into micro levels of reality.

The exhibition is curated by The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art in cooperation with The National Library of Latvia, The Latvian National Museum of Art. Supported by: „Rīga 2014” Foundation, „Veselības centrs 4” („Health Centre 4”) and State Culture Capital Foundation (SCCF).

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