Modern artist takes over museum on 125th birthday

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Aleksandra Beļcova, a Latvian and Russian modern painter. For the next six months, the museum of the creative couple Romans Suta and Aleksandra Beļcova will be showcasing her work in 'The Word Belongs to a Woman'. 

"The idea was showcasing Beļcova as an individual, as an artist - this time without the shadow of [Romans] Suta that had been cast over her all the time," said the museum's head and curator Nataļja Jevsejeva. 

Beļcova was born in Russia in 1892 and as a student got acquainted with Latvian emigres who went to St. Petersburg during the war. She moved to Latvia when she was 27, already the bride of Latvian Art Deco pioneer Romans Suta.

A talented and emancipated artist, she was however more silent and resigned than her energetic husband, which prompts speculations as to how her career would have developed should she not have moved to Latvia.

"I think her ties to Latvia and, first and foremost, Romans Suta, gave her an incentive to become interested in French modern art," said Jevsejeva.

I think if she had stayed in Russia and had finished the higher technical drawing workshop, her meeting with the avant-garde would have been stronger and more deeply felt, however she would not have such massive interest in French art and artists of the Parisian school. It's what I assume," she said.

The museum will be holding three exhibitions of her works throughout the year 2017.

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