Project ‘1914’: conference ‘The Last Day of Pompeii’
The conference readings and disputes will form the platform for exhibition ‘1914’, the opening event of Riga – European Capital of Culture, marking 100 years since the beginning of WWI.
Conference will treat matters concerning geographical and chronological range of material culture destroyed in WWI, questions addressing historic and cultural monuments irreplaceably lost, extending the account of these losses to Europe.
Conference will address the consequences for the nation building period in Europe suffered as a result of WWI and pose question of whether the balance of losses has been drawn and whether or not real or virtual reconstruction of cultural objects is possible.
The reflection of the heritage of war and generation of cultural memory today will be researched through questions like – what is the role of the museums in reflection and explanation of this process to society? What institutions and international organizations oversee this process today?
Project of Latvian National Museum of Art dedicated to hundred years of WWI ‘1914’ has been recognized as one of the most significant events of European Capital of Culture program 'Riga 2014,' to be realized as part of the thematic line ‘Freedom Street.'
Exhibition ‘1914’ is in the center of the major project, which will open in the beginning of 2014 in Arsenāls Exhibition Hall of LNMA. The aim of the exhibition is to collect the visual testimony of WWI as the point of reference in historic, social and cultural development of XX century Europe.
An international scientific conference ‘1914 on Liberty Street’ was held by LNMA already in October 2012 intended to encourage discussion of European identity and problems of history in review of hundred years since the beginning of WWI.
Organizers of 'Riga 2014' and scientists are invited to participate in the conference – the opening event of the project ‘1914’ – the scholars, who have turned to research of war from varying points of view, analyzing it as historic phenomenon, which has significantly influenced the sense of life and cultural traditions of Western society. Guests from the First World War Historial of Peronne (France), scientists of the University of Latvia, Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Latvian Academy of Culture and Latvian National Museum of Art participated in this event.
For 2014, the conclusive conference of the project is planned, which will treat emergence of new age and modernism after World War I.
The reports presented in this conference will form LNMA collection of articles ‘Museum letters’ designated to serve future researchers and everyone interested as intellectual documentation of project ‘1914.’
The conference will be reflected in mass media and on website www.1914.lv(in Latvian, English and Russian) in order to encourage publicity of the project in long term and within international context.