Henryk Stażewski. Late Style is a major exhibition exploring the life and work of one of Poland’s most significant artists. As a continuation of the series of articles Artist under spotlight, the exhibition team offers a glimpse into the narrative and curatorial concept of the exhibition, as well as some stories about the artist's work through the ages.
After hearing Santiago Mostyn's presentation in the international symposium From Complicated Past Towards Shared Futures in Riga, philosopher Rūdis Bebrišs used the opportunity to meet Santiago for a further discussion of the philosophical aspects of the artist’s lecture – questions of identity, nationhood, memory, and history –, connect them with Latvia and some pages of its past and probe the potential of art in all of this.
Artist Haralds Matulis tells the story behind his artwork Journey to Chernivtsi (2022), which was exhibited in the international contemporary art exhibition Decolonial Ecologies. This journey begins as a reminiscence of travels in Eastern Europe since the 1990s and gradually turns into a search for the internal colonial subject: postsocialism, postcolonialism, national identity, social memory, documentation of recent history, etc.
In the framework of the project From Complicated Past Towards Shared Futures, Jonas Žukauskas realised an augmented reality project and app Beacon of Happiness, through which visitors of the National Gallery of Art can see how the building of the gallery came into being. Jonas also offers a look at the history of the NGA building through the twists and turns of history in the form of an essay from his perspective as a professional architect.
As part of the international symposium From Complicated Past Towards Shared Futures, we asked some of the participants to answer one question that is at the core of their individual professional activity, as well as in the centre of one of the six thematic blocks they participated in during the symposium.
The symposium was the final event of the collaborative project From Complicated Past Towards Shared Futures, which has been focusing on the relationship between the complex and difficult past of the twentieth century and today in our region, considering how to think and talk about these issues in a wider society, with a particular focus on the role of art mediation.
The exhibition The Latvian Collection at the Malmö Konstmuseum presented the collection in its entirety for the first time since the 1950’s alongside eight new commissions by artists who have researched the collection. The exhibition highlights overlooked narratives within the collection and looks at new ways of accessing the historic collection as a moment in time. The important and historic event was also complemented by a public programme of workshops, seminars and a carnival.
Eglė Nedzinskaitė has been shaping the educational department of the National Gallery of Arts in Vilnius since its opening 13 years ago and remains one of the most active art education practitioners in Lithuania. In this interview, Eglė elaborates on her past and current activities, shares her reflections on the social role of art museums and their current politics of inclusivity.
These series bring together artists, curators and interdisciplinary researchers dealing with the Baltic region, its neighbouring regions, as well as in broader geographies, with the aim to analyse the imprints of post-socialism and post-colonialism and their impact on contemporary realities.
LCCA is one of the cultural institutions that has been particularly focused on social inclusion and accessibility issues in recent years, so we invited the people who have been most directly involved in the Centre's accessibility programmes - inclusion expert Lība Bērziņa, art historian, founder of the Latvian Association for Supporting People with Disabilities Ieva Rosne, and education curator Māra Žeikare.