The Future State - Contemporary art exhibition

Artūrs Virtmanis. Sketch for the installation Future Tense. 2017.
Artūrs Virtmanis. Sketch for the installation Future Tense. 2017.

A contemporary art exhibition dedicated to the Latvia’s Centenary, The Future State, will be on view at the ARSENĀLS Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga (Torņa iela 1) from 23 February to 20 May 2018.

Exhibition opening on 22 February 2018 at 17.00.

Future predictions claim that over the following 20 years humanity will change much more than during the entire history of its existence. Today’s discussions – climate change, minority and various other rights – will only be found in encyclopaedias. We will have become powerful enough to direct tsunami. Groceries will be delivered to us by flying drones and we will ourselves travel around in flying cars. Or, perhaps, we will already be eating virtual food. Something else will have been invented in place of classical medicine and tablets. Education business will be taken over by online companies. As a result of cloning, there will be ‘people without souls’, genders will disappear and human creatures will live for almost two hundred years. The current forms of labour will no longer exist. Industries of another kind will appear. Full working hours will be a thing of the past. National borders will keep on changing, as usual.

Artists Artūrs Arnis, Aigars Bikše, Andris Breže, Izolde Cēsniece, Ivars Drulle, Andris Eglītis, Miķelis Fišers, Gints Gabrāns, Atis Jākobsons, Ernests Kļaviņš, Liene Mackus, Katrīna Neiburga, Leonards Laganovskis, Kirils Panteļejevs, Anta Pence, Krišs Salmanis, Māris Subačs, Ivars Veinbergs, Artūrs Virtmanis, Andris Vītoliņš, Rihards Vītols, and Aija Zariņa were invited to imagine what either the world or Latvia could be like in the nearest future and to create new works for the exhibition – sculpture and painting, installations, video films, animation.

Ideas about what the future will be like may differ considerably from its actual form. Yet people are said to be thinking about the future more than they are about the present. The fancy that the real life, paradise itself, will begin in the future, when we graduate from school, become somebodies, settle our lives, get married, etc., is no stranger to anyone. The ‘big’ FUTURE, when we think of Latvia or the world, is quite hazy and unknown – as a mystical ship that appears to us out of nowhere, yet it turns out that we have been in this very ship all along and have arrived into the future straight from the past.

The exhibition is a part of the Latvia’s Centenary Programme.

Text by Elita Ansone


Dr. art. Elita Ansone, Head of Collections and Scientific Research Department ARSENĀLS

(2nd Half of the 20th – 21st Century), Latvian National Museum of Art

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Krišs Salmanis, artist


Andris Eglītis, artist

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ARSENĀLS Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art / Torņa iela 1, Riga, Latvia

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays 11.00–18.00, ticket office 11.00–17.45
Thursdays 11.00–20.00, ticket office 11.00–19.45
Saturdays, Sundays 12.00–17.00, ticket office 12.00–16.45
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: 3,50 EUR
Schoolchildren, students, seniors: 2,00 EUR
Family ticket (1–2 adults with 1–4 children or family having many children): 4,00–6,00 EUR

Free entrance 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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