Māris Čačka solo exhibition opens in Daugavpils

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As museums and other art spaces in Latvia reopen for individual visitors, artist Māris Čačka’s solo show “Direct Dialogues”, featuring vast works on canvas, is ready to receive visitors at Daugavpils Local History and Art Museum (Latvia).

The exhibition will be available through 27 June. According to the organizers:

"Direct Dialogues is a reunion show – this year’s first opportunity to resume in-person visits to museums and exhibition grounds and enjoy a face-to-face public encounter with the latest body of work by artist Māris Čačka. In the present circumstances, an individual artistic experience that involves direct interaction between art and the viewer, who surrenders to its impact, tries to make sense of the artist’s abstract dialogues and decode his intended message, becomes all the more precious. The exhibition was set up at the museum back in February, and now, four months on, it is about to welcome the first visitors."

To quote the artist himself: 

"I’m never alone or lonely because, directly or not, I’m always involved in an ongoing dialogue with another Person – this has been the leitmotif to my creative journey  throughout the past 20 years since my first one-man exhibition. For better or worse, the events of the past 18 months have affected us all. We’ve been starved of interaction, which has always been a fundamental driving force for new ideas and their fulfilment. This time has taught us some important lessons.”

In the new series of large-scale pieces created over the past couple of years, Māris Čačka continues the theme of dialogues which has absorbed him for some time and has been made public in a few of his previous major solo shows, such as “Definite and Indefinite Dialogues” (Dubulti Art Station, 2018, Latvia) and “Dialogues. Parallels. Dimensions” (National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Belarus, 2019; Madona Local History and Art Museum, Latvia, 2020). The exhibition is organised by Daugavpils Local History and Art Museum in cooperation with SIVIA Gallery.

Māris Čačka (1976) is a graphic artist, art educator and curator of international art projects. His academic qualifications include a doctoral degree in education (2009) and a master’s degree in art (2011). Currently director of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre (since 2020), he has been at the institution from its establishment, formerly as creative director and deputy head.

Dating from 1997, Čačka’s exhibition record amounts to 85 shows in Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Ukraine, Poland and China, including 24 solo shows.

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