Soviet Mythology in Latvian Art

2013-01-27 - 2013-04-21

Soviet Mythology in Latvian Art is an exhibition of paintings and sculptures from the period 1945-1985. It focuses on socialist realism as an art movement shaped by ideology and as a part of the Soviet political programme. Art was strictly regulated and the job of the artist was to articulate the ideals of communism. The myths that were formulated were about the happy Soviet society and the sense of duty, diligence and bravery of the Soviet people.

The exhibition displays pieces by Vladimirs Andrijenko, Aleksandra Briede, Jānis Briedis, Aleksejs Fjodorovs, Semjons Gelbergs, Tenis Grasis, Edgars Iltners, Eduards Kalniņš, Mihails Korņeckis, Emīls Melderis, Gunārs Mitrēvics, Anna Nollendorfa, Jānis Osis, Līvija Rezevska, Herberts Siliņš, Džemma Skulme, Aleksandrs Stankēvičs and Rita Valnere.

Soviet Mythology in Latvian Art  is curated by Elita Ansone and is produced by Bildmuseet in collaboration with the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga, Latvia.

More about the artists in the exhibition