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Arthur Berzinsh. Solo exhibition "A New Day Will Arise For Latvia"

02.07.2021 - 28.08.2021

Multimedia artist Arthur Berzinsh is pleased to present his solo show A New Day Will Arise For Latvia as the next in a row of Transpositions cycle at MuseumLV art gallery.

The word "transposition" has a lot of meanings and explanations. It is used in biology, music, philosophy, linguistics, law, telecommunications and many other realms of social life. The medical meaning of the term is deeply personally for the author - back in childhood, he underwent a unique heart operation, where the transposition of blood vessels has become one of the central development. In order to further study various aspects of both individual and collective, and especially national identity in the conditions of accelerated transformation of modern reality, the artist uses the term of transposition as the main key for his concept. Therefore, a video game, a set of staged figurative compositions, realised as a large format photography, objects and assemblages has been created by Arthur in his beloved provocative kitsch manner for the show. Thus the capacity of this term allowed him to produce bold moves of well-known and widespread ideas, situations and elements. According to his vision, Arthur has created peculiar visual quirks corresponding to nowadays situation, combining heroes of ancient Greek myths, important Latvian historical personalities, modern Western popular cult figures and even information about the most current achievements in conquering the Universe with Latvian ornaments and self-created computer game elements. The artist believes that the boundaries of our reality are constantly changing with increasing intensity. Isn't it significant that the atypical combination of well-known ideas and concepts created by Arthur Berzinsh no longer seems so strange? Perhaps we can say that such a new semiotic rag of ideas, ornaments and elements, however, aptly captures some significant tendencies as in the words of K. Jung, "in the unconscious of society" and how the formation of the concept of individual and national identity takes place in it? The artist invites the viewer to make his own interpretation or transposition of this term with the assistance of a virtual game created especially for this exhibition,as he is convinced that in many cases game plays a very important role in both life and art.

“According to the epos about Lacplesis, who represents the manifestation of the heroic power of Latvia, the foreign invader takes away the source of strength - the ear. In my interpretation, the severed ear as a lost part of a whole, to some extent symbolizes the insurmountable trauma of the Latvian people. The exhibition was based on the idea to show the problem of the modern Western world, which is trying to turn against the concept of the individual as an indivisible, integral subject, replacing him with a dividual, a subject-constructor who can easily understand its components - or, recalling the events of the poem, this is an extra ear thrown into opening. To create my works, I used the method of transposition. ", - Arthur says.

About the artist. The artist was born on April 20, 1983 in Riga. He earned a MA degree in the Visual Communication at Department of the Latvian Academy of Arts. Artūrs Bērziņš has six solo exhibitions, including the exhibition “Barotava” (2017) at the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center in his art history. The artist's previous solo exhibition “Great Loneliness” was held at the MuseumLV Art Gallery in 2018. Artist has participated in more than 50 group exhibitions and projects in Latvia and abroad. Simultaneously he carries out activities in a genre of performance. During 2017, 2018 and 2019, three performances of the artist took place at MuseumLV art gallery. In addition, Artūrs Bērziņš has created scenography for several plays directed by Dž.Dž. Džilindžer plays at Great Hall of the Daile Theater (2018-2019), as well as many videos, animations and short films, including videos for world music stars such as "Seven Lions" and "Cradle Of Filth". In 2010, the influential American Internet site Weirdworm.com ranked Artūrs Bērziņš sixth in the Top 10 of the world's most original artists. The artist's works are also used as prints on clothing, attracting the attention of the representatives of world's music and alternative fashion industry. Worth to mention the fact that in 2020, pop music diva Billie Eilish arrived at the London NME Awards ceremony wearing T-Shirt with Artūrs Bērziņš artwork print on it. In 2017, printing house Zvaigzne ABC published the artist's debut novel Twists of the Universe, which is the first example of the weird fiction genre in Latvian contemporary literature.

Solo show A New Day Will Arise For Latvia is curated by
Exhibition Curator of Museum of Decorative Arts and Design Irēna Bužinska

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Gallery MuseumLV will open its doors to visitors from June 1.

31.05.2021.

Cultural Center Grata JJ and gallery MuseumLV are pleased to announce the resumption of their activities. The gallery will open its doors to visitors from June 1, according to the previous appointment. Visitors are asked to book their visit in a timely manner.
This can be done by calling 670 16 602, writing an email to info@museumlv.com or sending a message to WhatsApp (254 09 000).
Tickets can be purchased at “Biļešu Serviss” or by paying on the spot in the gallery. We offer two exhibitions - D. Luse's solo exhibition "Amalgams of time" and an exhibition - sale "100 works - 100 authors".


The gallery plans to resume its activities with the artist Dita Luse's solo exhibition "Amalgams of time", which was opened in the gallery last October. Shortly after its opening, a state of emergency was declared in the country and the gallery had to suspend its operations. Currently, the MuseumLV team gives visitors the opportunity to see the artist's works in person, which will be on display for several weeks.

About D. Luse’s exhibition “Amalgams of time”:

Like the olfactory memory that lets one perceive the smells based on the memories of things experienced and sensed in the past, the visible image sometimes gives a similar impulse – while you look at some visual evidence you are carried away in your thoughts to some different place and time, and you may see a whole different scene or event in your mind and become lost in the labyrinths of thought.

Writing and receiving letters is a form of relationship that is almost entirely lost nowadays, yet it is a long-lasting testimony to relationships, something that contemporary relations can not substantiate in a tangible form. The letters are also an evidence of the time one person devotes to another. It is something we do not do nowadays, we allocate much less time to the other person. Our day-to-day communication is short, fractured, careless, time-saving, which can become a hindrance to the well-being and enjoyment of our relationship.
The central image of the exhibition is the relationships, the evidence that they have left and that still influence the descendants. Perhaps it is essential and beautiful to stop at times and look at the love of two young people, the winding path of life through the evidence they have left – letters, with signs of foxing, photos, that still have an impact on us and show us who we are and where we come from.

For the inspiration of the exhibition there have been used authentic letters and photographs from the family archives.

Welcome to the gallery! MuseumLV is open from Tuesday to Saturday.


Photo: Dita Lūse. Letters. 2020, oil on canvas, 120 х 160 cm

The exposition is located on the first floor of the MuseumLV gallery.

On the second floor there is a solo exhibition - sale "100 works - 100 authors"

The entrance ticket costs 5 euros, the reduced admission is 2 euros.

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Kristīne Rubene. Solo exhibition "White, Red, Gray"

14.05.2021 -

Cultural center Grata JJ gallery Museum LV Ausekla street - 5
Exhibition is available from May 14, 2021

Safe consumption of art - Kristīne Rubene's solo exhibition “White, Red, Gray” will be opened in windows

The 14 th of May is a first day for the new MuseumLV gallery and Cultural Center Grata JJ exhibition season that starts with the solo show of Kristīne Rubene in show-windows at affiliate on Ausekla Street 5 and will be available 24/7 from the outside for anyone who is interested. It is a way to make art more accessible to the public in the current situation and to enrich the experience of Riga residents and city guests during their stay in the Quiet Center.

This exhibition is a contribution of the gallery’s team for maintaining a positive atmosphere and a gift to all residents in their daily lives and to those who walk in search of beauty, hoping to get a brighter view of the future. The affiliate of the Gallery is located on the first floor of the building and has eight 3m high windows facing Ausekla Street. This street is an active line in the historic Quiet Center, where it connects parks and cultural and historical sites.

The exhibition “White, Red, Gray” is an encouragement to passers-by, the contribution of MuseumLV and Grata JJ to the decoration of the urban environment, as well as another opportunity for the public to get acquainted with the works of contemporary Latvian artists. Special night lighting will provide opportunity to see works of art even in the dark.
The artist herself describes the idea of her exhibition as following:
“WHITE. It all starts with milk. The beginning of life. Without milk, we cannot enter and remain in this world. Milky rivers and jelly coasts.
RED. Eternal strawberry fields. Innocent joy and happiness. Sultry summer and sweet scent.
GRAY. Table. I would like to believe that it is the table that makes us better and smarter people. The table separates us from everything that is wild, fast and hasty. The table takes time. We sit next to it, have a meal, talk, we think and write. The table connects and lifts."

As it is unknown when the restrictions will be reduced and cultural institutions will be opened for their visitors, the MuseumLV and Grata JJ team believes that the exhibition is a great, epidemiologically safe alternative to indoor exhibitions or virtual content. A society that is tired of restrictions deserves art and artists also deserve for the world to see their works.

The exhibition can be viewed from the outside for free

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Pastāvīgā izstāde - pārdošana "100 darbi - 100 autori".

07.12.2020. -

Sarežģītās ekonomiskās situācijas dēļ, tai skaitā arī mākslas jomā, esam nolēmuši galerijas MuseumLV otrajā stāvā atvērt pastāvīgu izstādi-pārdošanu, kurā šobrīd apskatāmi vairāk nekā 110 mākslinieku 170 darbi.

Ekonomiski atbalstot māksliniekus, galerija atsakās no tradicionālā pašas galerijas uzcenojuma un aicina ikvienu, kam nav vienaldzīgs Latvijas mākslinieku liktenis, atbalstīt viņus un iegādāties gleznas par iespējami zemāko autoratlīdzības cenu, kurai pieskaitīti minimālie galerijas ekspluatācijas izdevumi 10% apmērā no autora honorāra.
Pat šodien, pašreizējā stingro ierobežojumu situācijā, mēs strādājam attālināti tāpēc, lai maksimāli palielinātu palīdzību, pieņemam maksājumus caur banku un nogādājam nopirkto darbu līdz pircēja durvīm.
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About the gallery's opening hours.

Dita Lūse, Between the windows, 60x60, Oil on canvas, 2020

02.11.2020

Dear colleagues and art gallery MuseumLV friends. To insure your and our staff health safety, we decided to stop our off-line activity for one month (until December) but will be with you on-line and by the personal appointment only. Let’s stay safe, healthy and optimistic.

Sincerely yours, MuseumLV team

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Dita Lūse. Solo exhibition "Amalgams of time". 23.10.2020 – 28.11.2020

Dita Lūse. Letters. 2020, Oil on canvas, 120x160 cm

24.10. - 28.11.2020

Dita Lūse. Solo exhibition "Amalgams of time".

While working on the artworks for this exhibition I have come to increasingly feel that the time of each and every one of us is personal and unique, and the collective, universal time is just an illusion. The present for each of us consists of reality, our future expectations, and memories of the past that flash across our mind, caused by some impulse. Immersion into the past and our memories, including inherited memories, is sometimes so powerful that they affect us visually more intensely than the visible reality in front of us.

Like the olfactory memory that lets one perceive the smells based on the memories of things experienced and sensed in the past, the visible image sometimes gives a similar impulse – while you look at some visual evidence you are carried away in your thoughts to some different place and time, and you may see a whole different scene or event in your mind and become lost in the labyrinths of thought.

Why are the middle-generation artists currently concerned with reflecting upon themselves and their past? One of the reasons might be that there is a new “phone” generation that has to a large extent lost their connection to the past. Perhaps artists intuitively percieve it and through their work are trying to create a bridge between the times when there was a cult of letters and family photo albums and the current age of instagram. It might be a nostalgia, understanding that this is the reality of our time, yet feeling sad for the bygone and experiencing sentiment for it.
Writing and receiving letters is a form of relationship that is almost entirely lost nowadays, yet it is a long-lasting testimony to relationships, something that contemporary relations can not substantiate in a tangible form. The letters are also an evidence of the time one person devotes to another. It is something we do not do nowadays, we allocate much less time to the other person. Our day-to-day communication is short, fractured, careless, time-saving, which can become a hindrance to the well-being and enjoyment of our relationship.

The central image of the exhibition is the relationships, the evidence that they have left and that still influence the descendants. Perhaps it is essential and beautiful to stop at times and look at the love of two young people, the winding path of life through the evidence they have left – letters, with signs of foxing, photos, that still have an impact on us and show us who we are are and where we come from.
For the inspiration of the exhibition there have been used authentic letters and photographs from the family archives.

The exposition is located on the first floor of the MuseumLV gallery.
The entrance ticket costs 5 Euros, the reduced admission is 2 Euros.


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Konkursa izstāde GRATA BALVA 2020 “#artefakts#piektācivilizācija”

Cienījamie kolēģi un kultūras centra GrataJJ mākslas galerijas MuseumLV draugi!

Konkursa izstāde GRATA BALVA 2020 "#artefakts#piektācivilizācija" ir noslēgusies un mēs ar prieku paziņojam visu nomināciju rezultātus. Balvas uzvarētājiem pasniedza konkursa atbalstītāju firmu parstāvji svinīgā ceremonijā 11. septembrī, galerijā MuseumLV. Skatitāju Simpātijas Balva tiek pasniegta Dita Lūses personālizstādes "Salīktais laiks" atklāšanas ceremonijā 23. oktobrī, galerijā MuseumLV.
1. Kultūras centra GrataJJ mākslas galerijas MuseumLV balva tika pasniegta Jurim Dimiteram un Skuja Braden 2020. gada 11. septembrī.

2. Skatītāju simpātiju balvu pēc publikas balsošanas rezultātiem ieguvis Ilzes Smildziņas darbs "Reiz…" un tā tiks pasniegta autorei 23. oktobrī galeijā MuseumLV uzvarētāju apbalvošanas ceremonijas laikā. 2. vietu ieguvis Jeļenas Lukinas darbs "Pazušanas maģija vai Trausla pasaule". 3. vietu ieguvis Karinē Paronjancas darbs "Mēness zieds". 4. vietu ieguvis Ritas Uļjanovas darbs "Ne gaiss" un Aijas Rulles darbs "Pašportrets".

3. SIA SPORTLAND piešķīris speciālbalvu darbam "Artefakts bēz nosaukuma" kura autors ir Dmitrijs Lavrentjevs

4. SIA BILZE - mākslinieku preču veikals VILHELMS, piešķīris balvu darbam "Reiz…", kura autore ir Ilze Smildziņa.

5. Radošo Darbu Galerija piešķīris balvu darbam "Miglājs", kura autors ir Jānis Murovskis.

6. SIA VILORI - mākslinieku preču veikals, piešķīris balvu darbam "No triptiha "Veltījums Gustavam Maleram" kura autore ir Irina Pomjanskaja.

7. Galerija "M6" piešķīris balvu darbam "Papagailis brīnums", kura autore ir Ieva Kalēja; darbam "Fragmenti", kura autore ir Dita Lūse; darbam "Iespēja", kura autore ir Anita Meldere; darbam "Pazušanas maģija vai Trausla pasaule", kura autore ir Jeļena Lukina un darbam "Izlausties", kura autore ir Silvija Meškone.


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"#artifact#fifthcivilization". Annual international contest GRATA BALVA award 2020. 12.09.2020 – 17.10.2020

12.09. - 17.10.2020

Annual international contest exhibition of MuseumLV gallery and cultural centre Grata JJ “GRATA BALVA” opens its doors to visitors and artists for the third time. Back in the spring, despite all the difficulties of the situation, more than 150 artists received an invitation from the gallery to prepare their works for the contest on theme “#artifact#fifthcivilization”. Professional artists from Latvia, France, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, China and England expressed their wish to take part in the project. Unfortunately, due to the current situation, the works of foreign authors could not arrive, therefore this year more than two hundred works of Latvian artists were supplemented by works of foreign colleagues from the fund of previous exhibitions of GRATA BALVA.

The GRATA prize is actually two prizes from the MuseumLV gallery fund, 500 Euros each. Representatives of the MuseumLV gallery choose their nominee based on the principle of a long-term, fruitful relationship between the gallery and the author and present the GRATA prize at the opening ceremony of the contest exhibition. Friends and colleagues of the Grata JJ cultural center, who have expressed their wish to support any of the participants in the competition, also award their prizes. The fate of the second GRATA prize is determined by the visitors of the exhibition, who can vote for their favorite works or art objects during the entire duration of the exhibition. The “Audience Choice Award” is awarded to the winner after summing up the results at the opening ceremony of the next exhibition at the gallery. In order to preserve the format of a fair vote, all paintings and art objects are presented with numbers without mentioning the names of the authors. Each spectator has the opportunity to award his vote to the work he chooses by indicating the number of the work on his ticket directly in the gallery, or online, by marking a photo of the work on the web page of MuseumLV and Grata JJ in the section “Blog – Grata Balva 2020 – works”. Authors’ works in other techniques and materials will also find their place in the exhibition, and moreover, each participant can exhibit one or two more thematically relevant works in order to enrich the personal context. A complete catalog of works is available at the MuseumLV web page, and all works are available for purchase. The sponsor of the GRATA award is company Grata Eco House, manufacturer of ecological houses. This year all the involved artists have been provided with canvases - either square - 40x40 cm or round – 40 cm in diameter. These are the artworks that will be judged.

“#artifact#fifthcivilization” is the name and theme of the contest exhibition of the 2020. The swift synergy of fundamental and applied sciences gives rise to various theories regarding the origin of the Universe, the formation of the planet Earth, the emergence and development of intelligent life and the possible civilizations that have existed before ours. How can we know if we are the first reflective creatures that live in this remote place – on the Planet Earth, which is situated in the Solar system, in the Orion sleeve of Milky Way galaxy, part of our Local galaxy group within the Virgo cluster, which is part of Laniakea superclaster within the Pisces-Whale supercluster complex, all that being a part of the Perseus-Pegasus Galactic Filament... Will we have the chance to find the answer to this question about our birthright within our lifetime? Or perhaps we are on a threshold of the next stage of our development, where completely different tasks will present themselves? We can not know the history of tomorrow, nor can we know what role we may assume within the next 24 hours. Only today is obvious, and only today we have the possibility to create an artefact to prove our existence in the history of our home and to leave it to our future selves, be it an identification mark, a sign of presence, a vivid stroke or a watercolor image. We define the day we live in and thus we proceed to the day called tomorrow, and claim our right to have another happy day on this planet. According to Marx Wartofsky, “an artefact is for the evolution of culture what a gene is for the biological evolution”.

We are grateful to friends and colleagues of the MuseumLV gallery and Grata JJ cultural center: sporting goods store chain “Sportland” and art supplies stores – Galerija “M6”, “Radošo Darbu Galerija”, “Vilhelms” and “Vilori”, who expressed a desire to support the participants of the competition with their prizes.

The exposition is located on both floors of the MuseumLV gallery.
The entrance ticket costs 5 euros, the reduced admission is 2 euros.

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PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY’S “SWAN LAKE”. 09.07.2020 - 29.08.2020

It is difficult for nowadays ballet addicts to comprehend that one of the most famous ballets in the world, the themes of which can be heard everywhere, was not accepted and was even considered a failure on its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on March 4, 1877. Julius Vaclav Reisinger's initial choreography was revived by another ballet master Marius Petipa, who invented many novelties. This performance, staged at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St.Petersburg in 1895, after the composer had passed away, has become a ballet classic.


The plot of the ballet is based on several motifs that have been used in the stage works – in the theatre and the opera before. For over a hundred years, the story of Odette, Odile and Siegfried, where the real and the fantasy merge, demands acting skills and the ability to convince the spectators.


It seems that no other artwork in its time, in Soviet culture space has been so widely popularized: it was performed for important state visitors, parts of it were transmitted on TV when high-ranked party officials died.


Lita Beiris danced her first “Swan Lake” with Alexander Rumyancev in March, 1977. At that time it was common practise that both roles of Odette and Odile were danced by the same ballerina. Two different characters that the actress has to portray on one evening, and, according to the famous ballerina Anna Priede, not everyone is capable of doing it. Beiris did it brilliantly, dancing numerous times both in Latvia and and many places abroad. Both critics and the artist herself consider this role to be the most successful one in her career. Lita believes that this role is the struggle “between love and hate, the good and evil.” There is a special story regarding the guest performances in Lyon, France in 1978. Lita's partner Alexander Rumyancev fell a victim to the cruelty of the regime, and to save the production the famous Latvian dancer Maris Liepa arrived from Moscow. Lita's meeting with the master broadened the horizons and interpretations of characters for her. The perfume, Chanel N05, given as a present by the colleague after the show, still remains ballerina's favourite.


The notion “Swan lake” has its history in the visual arts as well: for some artists this name is synonym to the word “ballet”, whereas for others – the possibility to show their own, new story. In the fairytale's final Siegfried and Odette are drowned by waves into the deep of the lake, while the chosen storyline of the paintings in the exhibition allow free interpretation for the spectator.


Guntars Gritāns, art historian


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