Shared History - Contemporary art exhibition at the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE

Banner for the contemporary art exhibition Shared History, organized by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art at the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE. 2018. Publicity image
Banner for the contemporary art exhibition Shared History, organized by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art at the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE. 2018. Publicity image

Contemporary art exhibition Shared History, organized by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, will take place at the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE in Riga (Doma laukums 6) from 22 September to 30 November 2018.

Inhabiting spaces of the permanent display of the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE (AMRB), the exhibition will turn towards investigating the museum’s collection and its stories, unveiling the aspects that allow to look anew at the relationship between the local and the international, cultural relations and diplomacy, as well as collecting and the link between artworks and broader political and historical processes.

The history of the AMRB collection goes back to before the state of Latvia was founded so it associates with the very first public art collections in Riga, and the collection itself was built on the private collections which originally were bequeathed to the city by the Baltic German city councillors and merchants in the 19th century. Thus the museum can be seen as a striking symbol which embodies the history of the visual arts development in Latvia and marks the multicultural context of the country, but also different hierarchies and power-relationships that have surrounded it historically. Its main holdings represent the Ancient Egyptian, the antique, the Western European and Russian, as well as the Oriental art with particularly extensive collections of the Chinese, Indian and Japanese art. The Art Museum RIGA BOURSE is part of the Latvian National Museum of Art (LNMA) and inheritor of the collections of the former Museum of Foreign Art.

The exhibition will encompass new commissions by Latvian and international artists alongside archival material that deal with international culture relations of the museum, especially the India Festival of 1987. A special interest within this project is held in the work of the Latvian-born American journalist, anthropologist, art historian and specialist of Indonesia Claire Holt (1901–1970). Showing for the first time in Latvia her research widens the thread of current holdings of the museum including the collection of ethnographic objects from Indonesia, as well as a painting by southeast Asian modern painter Raden Saleh (1807–1880) Lion Hunt alongside his portrait.

The title of the exhibition refers to the notion of ‘shared history’ used in many different contexts to describe historical events beyond national borders – as shared, common to several territories simultaneously, often referring to sides involved in conflicts, describing histories of colonialism or trying to find new ways to speak about consequences of contemporary migration. The permanent display of the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE in the context of this exhibition will serve as a starting point for new narratives of shared history.

Shared History is a cross-disciplinary project and part of an EU collaboration project with the same title. With a Baltic scope, the project’s creative research process will approach issues such as policy making, judicial and geographical borders, statistics, identity, public opinion and post-truth information related to migration and integration in Sweden, Poland and Latvia.

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Ieva Balode & Alexey Murashko (Aleksejs Muraško / Алексей Мурашко), Claire Holt, Minna Henriksson, Tanel Rander, Krishna Reddy, Andrey Strokin (Andrejs Strokins / Андрей Строкин), Yan Xing

Färgfabriken (Stockholm, Sweden), Baltic Sea Cultural Centre (Gdańsk, Poland), Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Latvian National Museum of Art / Art Museum RIGA BOURSE (Riga, Latvia)

Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Riga City Council, State Culture Capital Foundation, Embassy of Finland in Latvia, Frame Finland

Inga Lāce
, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

Asnate Bočkis

Vita Birzaka
, Exhibition Curator, Art Museum RIGA BOURSE / Latvian National Museum of Art
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Laura Okdaldere, Exhibition Curator, Art Museum RIGA BOURSE / Latvian National Museum of Art
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Art Museum RIGA BOURSE / Doma laukums 6, Riga, Latvia

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays 10.00–18.00, ticket office 10.00–17.45
Fridays 10.00–20.00, ticket office 10.00–19.45
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.

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
Schoolchildren: 0,50 EUR
Students, seniors: 1,50 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; 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.

Press release prepared by:
Natalie Suyunshalieva
Head of Press
The Latvian National Museum of Art
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