Video: Vija Celmins in Riga. A Meeting with the Latvian Public

Video: Vija Celmins in Riga. A Meeting with the Latvian Public
Mārtiņš Otto, Riga 2014
10-05-2014 Latviski A+ A-
Artist Vija Celmins’ solo exhibition “Double Reality” has become one of the most important artistic events in Riga this year. The exhibition in the Main Exhibition Hall of the Art Museum “Riga Bourse” will run until the 22nd of June. On the 13th of April, the artist met with visitors to the exhibition to talk about her works. More than 300 people attended the event, a record number for the Latvian National Museum of Art events “Conversations in the Museum”. Below is a recording of the meeting, courtesy of the Latvian National Museum of Art.

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.

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