This project outlines the history of art and culture in Latvia in the 1980s and 1990s, telling the story through the most significant works of art, made in that period of time.

Starting from the 1980s, the art scene in Latvia began to experience significant transformations. Such forms of art as German Neo-expressionism, Italian transavantgarde, American Bad Painting, Abstractionism and Conceptualism appeared in the Latvian art world. 


“The Story of One Painting” consists of 10 audiovisual stories. Each story is dedicated to one significant masterpiece from the Permanent Display of the Latvian National Museum of Art. In the stories the authors of the artworks explain the ideas behind their work, comment on the historical situation and tell about the circumstances in which the artwork was created. 


Some of the artists who contributed to the changes in Latvian art in the 1980s and 1990s and share their individual experiences about the creation of the artworks are: Ieva Iltnere (“Russian language”, 1994), Andris Breže (“Political Box I”, “Political Box II”, “Box of Quotes”, 1990), Sandra Krastiņa (“Is it the Wind?”, 1999), Daina Dagnija (“The Fallen One I”, 1987),  Helēna Heinrihsone (“Woman — Christ”, 1989), Ģirts Muižnieks (“In the Garden”, 1989), Juris Utāns (“At the Bus Stop”, 1987), Dzintars Zilgalvis (“Last Balcony. Dedication to the Painter's Section of the Artists Union”, 1990), Leonards Laganovskis (“To Your Health, I Shop at Engles, I Shop at Lenin's”, 1989) and Māris Subačs (“Landscape with Patched Drums”, 1989).


The project was created with the support of the law firm “Ellex Klavins”.

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