The creators of the Mūkusala Art Salon summer exhibition were inspired by the historical model of the 18th century French official art exhibitions - "Salons", where paintings covered the walls from floor to ceiling and the total length of exposition in some cases reached up to “8 miles”.
Exhibition "The Flowers in Mūkusala” covers a wide range of works - from Leo Svemps composition "White Flowers" dated 1922 until Leonid Arins painting "Flowers in a Vase" created in 1980, that indicates the long-term sustainability of this genre for many years. Despite the fact that flower paintings are considered to be a manifestation of salonism, one can find few artists, who have not used them, on the grounds that this genre is fitting to solution of various painting problems, it is emotionally powerful and popular among customers.
History has it, that the part of Riga where Mūkusalas Street is currently located is one of the oldest and more central neighborhoods of Pārdaugava and was developed in the 19th century. Even at the beginning of the 20th century, there was a large forest tract and meadows with both field and garden flowers in bloom. These flowers may well have been the object of inspiration for many well-known Latvian artists, whose works now are displayed at the exhibition "The Flowers in Mūkusala”. The creators of the exhibition have selected the compositions with different species of field flowers.
The summer exhibition "The Flowers in Mūkusala” presents the paintings of Leonīds Āriņš, Ansis Artums, Aleksandra Beļcova, Normunds Brasliņš, Ērika Gulbe, Voldemāras Irbe, Leo Kokle, Jānis Tīdemanis, Jānis Pauļuks, Leo Svemps, Herberts Siliņš, Rūdolfs Pinnis,Oto Skulme, Uga Skulme, Ludolfs Liberts, Francisks Varslavāns, Uldis Zemzaris, etc.Diāna Barčevska
Press photo: Leonīds Āriņš. "Flowers in a vase". Ca. 1980. Oil on canvas. 81,5 x 65 cm