Dear art lovers, we hope you had a wonderful Midsummer celebration and are coming back into the work week with renewed energy and enthusiasm. We are looking forward to presenting you with 23 galleries this Thursday for your favourite gallery crawl, as always.
We realise sometimes it can be difficult to choose from the abundance of exhibitions, so we want to help you by providing our team's recommendations.
You can take a look at this month's map here, as well as browse through all the exhibition texts yourself, and take your picks. And, below, are our Top 5 Recommendations!
Kim? “Riga Confidential”: this exhibition is an excellent opportunity to see art from internationally renowned artists. Rīga Confidential brings together international, experimental and established galleries as well as non-profit art institutions from the Baltics, Japan, the US, Kosovo and Georgia to introduce the Latvian art audience to new names from exciting regions and to activate Rīga’s contemporary art market. Expect the unexpected.
Art Academy of Latvia “The fifth Art Academy Diploma Candidate exhibition”: it is graduation time, and this exhibition of up-and-coming artists is to be visited across two venues - the Academy's main building at Kalpaka bulvāris 13, as well as a supporting venue at Kronvalda bulvāris 4. (PS While you're at Kalpaka bulvāris, also check out the Academy students' Design Days '23 exhibition “Shout”).
ISSP School “Translation was not found”: another students' exposition, this time of seven graduates of the ISSP School's two-year educational programme "Developing the Language of Photography" 2023. This will be the exhibition's opening evening, too, so a great chance to meet the artists, talk about their work, hear from the curators, as well as join an overall joyous atmosphere of celebration! (PS please note, the address is Elizabetes iela 87, ex Bergs shop).
LOOK, Klāvs Loris "Te Thing": another exhibition opening, this time a solo exhibition of paintings by Latvian artist Klāvs Loris. As the exhibition's text says, “How to illustrate the inexplicable drive that drives humanity and urges the individual to move forward? In his latest solo exhibition, artist Klāvs Loris presents a series of paintings that explore through abstraction the ways in which we encounter, resist and re-create reality.”
Briania “Art e fakti”: okay, we might be biased, but we truly are really looking forward to presenting this outdoor group exhibition to you in the Briania yard at A. Briāna 9. Organised by RLT together with M/Gallery, 15 artists have been chosen through an Open Call to liven up the creative quarter of Briania. The exhibition aims to recall archaeological excavations, where each work of art is like a precious artefact that wants to be uncovered and explored. Join us for a refreshing beverage, chance to meet the artist, and immerse yourself into the wonderful atmosphere of art, music (there will be a terrace concert, too), and community.
In addition to these picks, we'd like to highlight that there will be an open free workshop “Chilll&Draw” at Zvaigzne CAFE, with an opportunity to sketch a model (human figure) in thematic clothing. All necessary sketching materials will be provided. You will also be able to check out the drawing collection ''ZELTS'' by Kristīna Virse.
Pop-up art space at Skolas iela 18 will be hosting the last day of Art Academy of Art's MA POST degree show exhibition "Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly", which invites viewers on an inspiring journey that transcends the boundaries of medium and technique.
Provodņiks will present an exhibition opening of Artūrs Berkmanis and Viktorija Galkina's exhibition “Pārdomas”, which will be accompanied by a performance from a singer and violinist Katy Tindemark. The exhibition will aim to bring colors into everyday life, make art more accessible and combine the technical world with art, creating kinetic and interactive works, involving art lovers in a tactile experience.
NOASS art centre re-joins RLT with a new multimedia urban art object called "1:100", which was created using the motifs of the works of Latvian artist and choreographer Vija Vētra. There will also be a free concert by AMORĀLĀ PSIHOZE at 20:00.
Tallinas Street Quarter will be hosting an opening of a new exhibition in their art space “Projektu māja”. A pop-up space by “Hyper” will bring street art into a gallery, in another exhibition opening. A brand-new gallery Art&Walls in Riga’s Quiet Centre will present an exhibition by nine women artists.