Exhibition “In Search of the Horizon”

Exhibition “In Search of the Horizon”
Gvido van der Verve
The international contemporary art exhibition “In Search of the Horizon” will have its opening in St. John’s Church on the 22nd of May at 5 p.m. and at the Latvian Railway History Museum at 6 p.m. as part of the “Riga 2014” Programme. A total of 39 artists from Latvia, the United States, Russia, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, India and Germany participate in the exhibition. The exhibition also includes a seminar dedicated to personal experience of artists and art theoreticians that will be held at the Railway History Museum on the 24th of May from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The international contemporary art exhibition “In Search of the Horizon” focuses on the exploratory aspect of art – striving for an ideal and wish to be on the threshold of new discoveries. The exhibition consists of seven parts, the structure of which creates a new, ideal world, and at the same deals with one and the same search algorithm that encompasses the joy of discovery, the period of wandering, and the temporary illusion of harmony. And yet, this formula of creation proves the imperfection of humans before God. Each part of the exhibition has an introduction, a poem by a Latvian poet (Uldis Bērziņš, Edvīns Raups, Inga Gaile, Kārlis Vērdiņš, Pēteris Draguns, Amanda Aizpuriete, Knuts Skujenieks) visualised in a documentary film by artist Katrīna Neiburga.


In total, 39 artists participate in the exhibition. These include internationally-acclaimed artists who have already died – Mike Kelley, Bas Jan Ader, as well as such living legends as Guido van der Werve, Jerszy Seymour, Oleg Kulik, Anatoly Osmolovsky, and others.
 
Programme of the opening events:
 
St. John’s Church (Skārņu iela 20), the 22nd of May at 5 p.m. – a prayer and a concert
 
* Address by the Riga St. John’s Evangelically Lutheran Parish Pastor Juris Zariņš
* Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) “Partita Nr. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BVW 1004: Chaconne” (performer – Justīne Kulakova, violin)
* Philip Glass (1937) “Dance No. 4” (Ilze Reine, organ)
* Arvo Pärt (1935) “Spiegel im Spiegel” (Justīne Kulakova and Ilze Reine)
 
The exhibition will open at the Latvian Railway History Museum (Riga, Uzvaras bulvāris 2–4) on the 22nd of May at 6 p.m.
* Performance by Julia Kul, “A Rented Artist”
* Anda Lāce’s performance “Captivatingly Insecure” 
* Larry Litt’s performance “Cabare Voltair”
* Aleksander Petrelli, “Gallery Pal’to”
 
On the 24th of May, the Latvian Railway History Museum will host the seminar “Private-Public Horizons” at 11 a.m.
 
Seminar participants: Jack Rasmussen, Director of the American University Museum at the “Katzen” Arts Centre (Washington) – “Soft Power: Contemporary Art and  Unofficial Diplomacy”. Jack Rasmussen has been involved in contemporary art management since the 1970s. He has worked as the head of various art centres, museums and galleries, and curated innovative art exhibitions. Rasmussen has been the director of the American University Museum at the “Katzen” Arts Centre since 2002. The centre places the emphasis on international art phenomena and organisation of politically and socially-active art exhibitions.
 
Eleanor Heartney, magazine “Art in America” critic (New York) – “Art Criticism in the Era of Pluralism”. Eleonor Heartney is an art critic residing in New York and a co-editor of the “Art in America” magazine. For many years she has been writing for the leading U.S. cultural media (“The New York Times”, “Art News”, “New Art Examiner”, “Washington Post” etc.). Eleanor Heartney is the author and co-author of several books and gives regular lectures about contemporary art.
 
Alexander Petrelli, artist, the owner of the “Pal’to” gallery (Moscow) –“Alexander Petrelli in School and at Home”. Alexander Petrelli lives and works in Moscow, he he rose to prominence after launching his gallery “Pal’to” – located within his overcoat that he puts on when going to various artistic events to sell the works “on show” inside his coat. The gallery has been working since 1996 and Petrelli says that it has been very successful.
 
Anatoly Osmolovsky, artist, the founder of the contemporary art institute “Baza” (Moscow) – “Art of the Projects of the 1990s”. Anatoly Osmolovsky is an important Russian artist, contemporary art theoretician and curator, one of the most prominent representatives of Moscow performance art of the 1990s, characterised by expressing active political position via the most radical media of expression in performance art. He was awarded the Kandinsky Prize as artist of the year in 2007, in 2010 he launched the art theory magazine “Baza”.
 
The exhibition is curated by art researcher Ieva Kalniņa, it is organised by the Contemporary Art Institute in collaboration with the “Riga 2014” foundation.
 
The exhibition at the Latvian Railway History Museum will run from the 23rd of May to the 20th of July. The exhibition will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Mondays and national holidays on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of June. Tickets: EUR 3, for pensioners and students – EUR 1.50, free for children, persons with disabilities and their attendants, LDZ employees and museum employees, ICOM members.
 
For more information, visit the exhibition's website and Facebook profile. 
 
The European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga is prepared and run by the foundation “Riga 2014” in collaboration with state, municipal and non-governmental cultural organisations and creative associations. The Programme is financed by the Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture and the European Commission, and offered to the public in partnership with “Lattelecom”, which also provides technical support for the Programme.

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