Permanent outdoor exposition “Mythopoetic figures” Permanent outdoor exposition “Mythopoetic figures”

Permanent outdoor exposition “Mythopoetic figures”

From November 27, 2021, next to the Museum Storage Facility (Pulka street 8, Riga), the Latvian National Museum of Art offers a new permanent outdoor sculpture exposition “Mythopoetic figures.”

The exhibition of seven granite sculptures introduces the artwork of the 2nd half of the 20th century, created by the sculptors Laimons Blumbergs, Ojārs Feldbergs, Lilija Līce, Ojārs Siliņš, Juris Zihmanis, and Zenta Zvāra. The common motive of the selection “Mythopoetic figures” invites exploring how significant characters and phenomena from Latvian folklore, mythology, literature, and nature are envisaged through sculpture.

All the works reflect the stone sculpture tradition characteristic of the time:  generalized, clear forms that highlight the qualities of the hard and exceptionally beautiful material – granite. Each sculpture can be viewed as a separate gem that tells the story of the age of its creation, demonstrates the handwriting of the author and the motive explored in the artwork as well as invites to appreciate the manifold nature and tone of granite.

The exposition endeavors a contemporary interpretation of the artworks of the Latvian National Museum of Art in the urban space, facilitates the accessibility and understanding of art, partly compensates for the insufficiently of art experience in various social groups as well as demonstrates and promotes the Museum Storage Facility and its territory as an open and accessible cultural space.

LNMA Head of Collections and Scientific Research Department ARSENĀLS, Elita Ansone says: “The exposition of sculptures at the new Museum Storage Facility is a sustainable and strategic project. It is the establishment of a qualitative and educatory environment that is oriented towards aesthetic principles. This small exposition includes values significant to all of us – the collection encompasses much more than the material art expressions. This group of figures also awakens the spiritual senses that have their roots in early childhood. The seven sculptural figures powerfully demonstrate national identity – they communicate folklore, mythology, and literature – mediums that sparked the inspiration for the artworks. This quality of the environment is educatory, inspirational and promotes understanding and appreciating cultural values. It is evident that people strive for such places and want to be close to art.”

Exposition curator, LNMA Curator of the Latvian Sculpture collection Arta Vārpa continues:

“It is no overstatement to say that the mythopoetic figures come to life in this exposition since the outdoors is the most adequate environment for sculpture. It is a chance to get a closer look at the characteristics of classic Latvian sculpture: its plasticity, emotionality, and love towards stone as a manifold material. LNMA collection preserves many directions and authors of sculpture of the 2nd part of the 20th century that have hitherto been underrepresented, and thus the joy about the new outdoors exposition is even bigger, as it is a significant step toward broadening the accessibility of the collection values.”

The author of the visual conception of the exposition is the sculptor Gļebs Panteļejevs.

Outdoor sculpture exposition next to the Museum Storage Facility on Pulka street 8, is accessible free of charge all year long, every day during daylight hours. Individual visits are possible also within the conditions of the pandemic safety measures. In the future, it is planned to supplement the exposition with excursions and education programs for different target groups.

In 2021, State Culture Capital Foundation (VKKF) established the program “KultūrElpa” to support and facilitate cultural creative activities in the conditions of the Covid-19 crisis and to maintain the viability of the field of culture in these deeply adverse conditions for culture and society. The Ministry of Culture’s budgetary funds for unforeseen expenses were invested within this program. The project is implemented with the support of the VKKF target program "KultūrElpa”.

The Latvian National Museum of Art expresses its gratitude for the collaboration of “State Real Estate”, Latvia, as well as Ltd. “Alfa Metāls” and Armands Mārtinsons personally.