The Mūkusala Art Salon opens to the public with an exhibition dedicated to the first Latvian modernists of the early 20th century. Jēkabs Grosvalds, Jēkabs Kazāks, Valdemārs Tone, Ģederts Eliass, Leo Svemps, Ludolfs Liberts, Oto Skulme, Romans Suta, Aleksandra Beļcova – these are artists, whose works demonstrate that Latvian art belongs among the phenomena of the European avant-garde, while the lack of professional art traditions at the time meant that they required much daring and courage to attest their creative principles and plot a new vector of artistic development to a society accustomed to a traditional perception of art. Latvian artists created their own version of modernism, where contemporaneity was expressed as the simplification of forms. The selection of works - paintings and prints - for the exhibition aims to highlight the individual approaches these artists took to the language of modernism.
Diāna Barčevska, curator of the exhibition. 12.01.2011.
Press photo: Voldemārs Tone. Woman in a White Scarf. 1920. Canvas, oil. 115,5 x 80,5 cm.