Video: Vija Celmins in Riga. A Meeting with the Latvian Public
The solo exhibition showcases the artist’s works created over fifty years from 1964 to 2014. The Latvian National Museum of Art is pleased that the exhibition is very diverse as various artistic media that Celmins has worked in have been brought to Riga, and they demonstrate the various art genres in the artist’s career during the past fifty years, denoting several distinctive periods in Celmins’ art and presenting the subjects that the artist was interested in.
Almost fifty artworks are displayed at the exhibition, they have travelled to Riga from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt, Foundation Cartier in Paris, Tate Modern in London, National Galleries of Scotland, the U.S. Embassy in Latvia, Mūkusala Art Salon, Latvian National Museum of Art, McKee Gallery in New York, and Vija Celmins’ own collection.
Vija Celmins was born in Riga in 1938. Her family fled Latvia in 1944, arriving in the United States in 1948 and settling in Indianapolis in 1949. In 1962 the artist moved to Los Angeles, enrolled at the University of California and earned a Master’s degree in fine arts in 1965. She was living and working in Los Angeles until 1981 when she moved to New York.