From February 24 to April 8, 2018, Aleksejs Naumov's solo exhibition "Never-ending Landscape" will be on display at the Great Hall of the main building of the Latvian National Museum of Art (Riga, Janis Rozentals sq. 1).
Carved throughout forty years of creative activity, the persuasive handwriting of Aleksejs Naumovs is well known to everyone interested in art. On account of the landscapes of diverse Latvia and almost whole world created during the last two decades, the artist is often called the greatest Latvian plain air painter of the present.
Landscape can’t be perceived as passive artistic reflection that depicts outer world anymore. It has obtained the value of an active and responsible tool that allows the author and spectator to cooperate in constructing contemporary aesthetic environment. The artist seeks to portray the moment confined not only in the architecture as a captured music, but also in the smallest details of the tree trunk or in the sound of children voices laughing in the park.
Organised with the support of the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation, the exhibition “The Never-ending Landscape” is the most comprehensive retrospective of the works of Aleksejs Naumovs to date. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to see both the artist’s earliest compositions, as well as works from private collections, which have never been exhibited in public. The exhibition features canvasses that cover the various stages and major activities of Aleksejs Naumov's work, allowing to trace the qualities that most art lovers are already well aware of. At the same time exhibition also includes groups of works that might be new to some viewers while presenting the artist's virtuosity in other media, such as ceramics, illustrations, or prints.
The museum's visitors will have free printed leaflets with comments on the sections of the exhibition and individual works of art. The handout will also provide task sheets for different ages as a great companion to the whole family.
During the exhibition, painting and illustration workshops for children and adults will be held under the leadership of Aleksejs Naumovs, as well as two special exhibition tours will be held, guided by the project's curator Antra Priede-Krievkalne and the artist himself. In order to expand the context of the highlighted subject, art historian and curator Helēna Demakova will hold a lecture on the features of contemporary Latvian and Western landscapes.
Aleksejs Naumovs, born in 1955. Graduated from the Janis Rozentāls Riga Art Secondary School, the Monumental Painting department of the Art Academy of Latvia under supervision of Professor Indulis Zariņš and the Post-graduate degree at Professor Eduards Kalniņš Master's workshop. He studied painting in Paris at the Université Paris I Sorbonne - Arts Plastiques, Cinéma et Sciences de l'Art, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris.
Professor, rector of the Art Academy of Latvia (2007-2017). An active Latvian cultural worker, a member of many jury commissions guest professor at several European art universities. He has been the initiator, manager, and exchange program and exhibition manager in various art collaborative projects in Italy, France, Japan, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Russia, USA and elsewhere.
About the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation
In 2010, the philanthropists Boris and Ināra Teterev founded a family charitable foundation in order to support outstanding initiatives of benefit to the public and to encourage the development of culture, art and education in Latvia and globally. The results of charitable projects supported by the foundation reach hundreds of thousands of inhabitants in Latvia, as well as the inhabitants of 10 other countries in just about every continent of the world. For more information, please visit: www.teterevufonds.lv.
Antra Priede-Krievkalne, art historian
EXHIBITION COORDINATOR AT THE MUSEUM:
Ieva Kalnača, exhibition curator, Latvian National Museum of Art