Fear Not

31.01.2019. - 30.03.2019.
Main Gallery
Fear Not

From 31 January to 30 March 2019, the Mūkusala Art Salon's Main Gallery hosts the exhibition from the Zuzāns Collection Fear Not.

Zuzāns Collection exhibition about the Uncanny, Fear Not, turns to the fragile boundary between the frightening and the amusing. Why do we find some things frightening or funny? Why do we sometimes have to laugh while looking at art whose main aim is not making us laugh?

Extraordinary, strange creatures are called uncanny. Meanwhile uncanny situations frequently involve odd behaviour and fright mingling with laughter. The uncanny often approaches the mystical. It arises when reality blends with imagination, creating fantastical, veiled scenarios where we encounter unusual creatures in paradoxical and inexplicable situations. People are amused not only by humour but also moments that are “no joke”, such as upon encountering the ghostly, naive, inexplicable or even the aggressive.

Along with the critical nature of humour, it can also be a source of solace, a means of protection against the unknown or the inexplicable, of overcoming fear. Human existence in general can also be seen as a “joke” – our purpose in this world, seen ironically, is vaguely defined and difficult to explain.

The works of painting, graphic art, sculpture and applied art shown in the exhibition were made over the period from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries to nowadays. Staying away from seriousness yet without promising entertaining jokes, they create an environment that highlights uncanny tendencies. 

Curator of the exhibition: Arta Vārpa

Exhibition design: Daniela Treija

Graphic design: Madara Krieviņa

Publicity image: Jānis Blanks. Still-Life. A Cat, a Bird and a Mouse. 2000. Oil on wood. 52 x 122 cm. Zuzāns Collection. Photo: Jānis Pipars

Authors:
... ...
  • Outlet
    Outlet

    Ivars Grāvlejs

    Outlet

    22.11.2018. - 19.01.2019.
    Upper Gallery

    The exhibition Outlet gathers photographs taken in the late 1990s by artist Ivars Grāvlejs.

  • NATIONAL PAVILION
    NATIONAL PAVILION

    ... ...

    NATIONAL PAVILION

    22.11.2018. - 19.01.2019.
    Main Gallery

    An exhibition from the Zuzāns Collection, which wears seasonal Latvian alternative facts,

  • Absurd Mythology
    Absurd Mythology

    Vladimirs Glušenkovs

    Absurd Mythology

    13.09.2018. - 10.11.2018.
    Main Gallery

    From 13 September to 10 November, the Mūkusala Art Salon will hold an exhibition dedicated to artist Vladimirs Glušenkovs (1948–2009), titled Absurd Mythology.

  • Folk Maidens and Youths
    Folk Maidens and Youths

    ... ..., Grupas izstāde

    Folk Maidens and Youths

    12.07.2018. - 01.09.2018.
    Main Gallery

    The exhibition is devoted to ethnographic images in Latvian art made from the early 20th century until today.

  • Different Drawings
    Different Drawings

    Sniedze Reine

    Different Drawings

    12.07.2018. - 01.09.2018.
    Upper Gallery

    From 12 July to 1 September the Upper Gallery of the Mūkusala Art Salon will host Sniedze Reine's exhibition Different Drawings.

  • Journey of a Bon Vivant
    Journey of a Bon Vivant

    ... ...

    Journey of a Bon Vivant

    26.04.2018. - 22.06.2018.
    Upper Gallery

    A symbolic selection of the Riga-based Nikolaus von Himsel's multi-faceted collection is reassembled in the exhibition Journey of a Bon Vivant.

  • Language
    Language

    Grupas izstāde

    Language

    26.04.2018. - 22.06.2018.
    Main Gallery

    The exhibition centres on the part of Latvian visual art of the 20th and 21st centuries where a significant role is played by text and its message.

  • PORNO
    PORNO

    Grupas izstāde

    PORNO

    15.02.2018. - 12.04.2018.
    Upper Gallery

    From 15 February to 12 April 2018 the Upper Gallery of the Mūkusala Art Salon hosts the exhibition PORNO with works from the Zuzāns Collection curated by Valts

  • Theatre of Gestures
    Theatre of Gestures

    Jaan Toomik

    Theatre of Gestures

    15.02.2018. - 12.04.2018.
    Main Gallery

    Jaan Toomik, one of the most renowned Estonian artists in the world, makes his return to Riga after a 10-year-long absence.