Visual Arts
Auseklis Baušķenieks. Self-portrait Behind the Glass. 1986. Oil on cardboard. Collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga. Publicity photo.

Visionary of the Times, the exhibition of works by Auseklis Baušķenieks, is on view from 10 June to 18 September 2022 in the right wing of the 2nd floor of the main building of the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga (Jaņa Rozentāla laukums 1).

Auseklis Baušķenieks was a unique Latvian painter who, using his characteristic pastel colour scheme and vibrant, dotted method of painting, masterfully depicted both everyday and not so everyday mise en scènes that reflect on his time and society. Alongside detailed portraits, the author’s works brought to life such unusual characters as extra-terrestrials, robots and giants. It is characteristic of the artist’s boundless imagination and his fascination with the progress of science and technology, with science fiction and visions of the world of the future. Using humour and irony, Baušķenieks depicted in his paintings human beings and their cycle of life as well as Soviet society and the absurd nature of the regime, which the authorities of the time found sufficiently uncomfortable – for a number of years artist’s name could not be mentioned in print. No matter how satirical Baušķenieks’ compositions might appear, instead of denouncing or criticising, the artist strove to let everyone identify with the characters.

The relevance of Auseklis Baušķenieks’ legacy today has to do with his interest in human beings – their everyday life, relationships with family, public mood and the cycle of life. The artist has pointed out that the popular Soviet slogan “the most important thing is the human” corresponds with his painting, and he attempted to show this ever-wanting and insatiable creature – the human – from different perspectives. By revealing human weaknesses, Baušķenieks shows that it is part of the lived experience that each of us passes through. It is through Baušķenieks’ works that we can see that despite the changing times and regimes the standards of what an individual or family should be and how political discourses are made are largely wrong and often unattainable.

The exhibition Visionary of the Times. Auseklis Baušķenieks is dedicated to the artist’s oeuvre in which he turns to questions of the human being, society, science and technology. The exposition consists of four parts that merge into each other – human as an individual, human and family, human and society, science and the future. To gain insight into the Baušķenieks’ interest in amateur radio, the exhibition also includes three kinetic objects created by the artist himself.

About the artist

Auseklis Baušķenieks (1910–2007) studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Latvia (1930–1933), learned drawing and pastel painting from Vilhelms Purvītis, later entered the Art Academy of Latvia where he graduated from the Master Workshop of Figurative Painting (1933–1942). During World War II, Baušķenieks ended up in a labour camp in Germany and returned to Riga in 1946. He worked as an artist-decorator (1947–1948) and headed a visual arts club at the Pioneer Castle in Riga (1949–1962). In the second half of the 1950s the artist resumed painting and taking part in exhibitions. Despite the fact that Auseklis Baušķenieks’ first solo show took place only in 1975, he became one of the most popular Latvian painters, having held 22 one-man exhibitions and a major retrospective exhibition at the Latvian National Museum of Art (2010).

Text by Agnese Zviedre


Exhibition curator:

Agnese Zviedre, Exhibition Curator / Latvian National Museum of Art

GSM: +371 26 679 268, E:


FACEBOOK: Latvijas Nacionālais mākslas muzejs


INSTAGRAM: @makslasmuzejs




The main building of the Latvian National Museum of Art / Jaņa Rozentāla laukums 1, Riga, LV-1010, Latvia


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10.00–18.00, ticket office 10.00–17.30

Fridays 10.00–20.00, ticket office 10.00–19.30

Saturdays, Sundays 10.00–17.00, ticket office 10.00–16.30

Closed on Mondays

The museum is closed on all public holidays: 1 January, Good Friday, Easter, Midsummer Eve and Day (23–24 June), Christmas (25–26 December), 31 December.


ADMISSION:           NB! (this ticket gives you access to all permanent displays)

Reduced individual admission fee for groups of 10 or more people.

Free admission for the person in charge of the group.

Adults:                     3,00 EUR

Students, seniors:    1,50 EUR

Schoolchildren:        0,50 EUR

Family ticket (1–2 adults with 1–4 children or family having many children): 5,00–7,00 EUR

Free admission for LNMA Annual ticket holders.

Free entry is also for: pre-school children; orphans or children not under parental care (valid status identification card required); children with a disability up to 18 years, 1st and 2nd group disabled persons (valid status identification card required) and one person accompanying either a child with a disability up to 18 years or a 1st or 2nd group disabled person; pupils of Latvian art schools or professional secondary art schools (valid status identification card required); full-time students of the Art Academy of Latvia (valid status identification card required); students attending institutions of professional secondary education or colleges who are studying or receiving training in visual or applied art, design, cultural history, museology, architecture, restoration as part of their studies or training (on submission of a written application to the museum director at least one day earlier); employees of Latvian museums (valid status identification card required); members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM, valid status membership card required); members of the Latvian Artists’ Union (valid status identification card required); Friend of the LNMA card holders; media representatives who are covering museum events (valid status identification card required); group (no less than 10 persons) leaders – guides or teachers; Ukrainian citizens by presenting an identity document or other document proving Ukrainian citizenship; everyone on the international event Museum Night from 19.00; all visitors to the permanent display on the last Sunday of every month and on International Museum Day – 18th May.



  1. Please do not visit the museum, if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, or if you must be in self-isolation, home quarantine or strict isolation. The museum has the right to prohibit the entry to the museum to persons with signs of respiratory infection and ask them to leave the museum.
  2. During the visit, a distance of 2 meters from other visitors and museum staff must be kept.
  3. Please use contactless payment and bank cards or register on Mobilly mobile app and conveniently purchase tickets on your phone.
  4. Please take care of hand disinfection. Museums’ premises and surfaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected.


Press release prepared by:
Natalie Suyunshalieva

Head of Press

The Latvian National Museum of Art

Ph: (+371) 67 357 527

GSM: (+371) 26 593 495