First Came the Object...


The educational programme “First Came the Object…” offers high school students an opportunity to acquaint themselves with pop art, photorealism and conceptualism, and find the most characteristic features thereof in the works by artist Vija Celmins. This is followed by a debate where the students will try to find out what phenomena had influenced the creation of a particular work of art, and what importance the “found” objects bear for the artist. In conclusion the students will create their own works of art inspired by objects they “find”, to help them memorise what they will have learned.

Thematic division: Thirst for the Ocean

Begins : 14.04.2014 21:00

Ends: 19.06.2014 21:00


  • Art Museum Riga Bourse

Form of event:

  • Discussion / Lecture
  • Workshop

Category of event:

  • Visual arts

Audience of event:

  • Youth

Project description:

The Latvia-born U.S. artist Vija Celmins’ exhibition in Riga is a long-awaited event. Vija Celmins’ works represent American art from the 1960s to present. They can be found in the key contemporary art collections of the world: the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Tate Modern in London and elsewhere. The ocean, the desert, star fields and spider webs are the objects that the artist has continued to draw and paint in her series for many years.

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