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Ceramics from Rīga take over Daugavpils Rothko Centre

From July 17 to September 15, the Mark Rothko Art Center in Daugavpils hosts the Ķīpsalas keramika (Ceramics of Ķīpsala) exhibition, which features works by six female artists who have worked in the Ķīpsala ceramics workshops - a kind of an academy for ceramists thoughout Latvia - for much of their artistic lives. 

In the 70s and 80s of the previous century, the ceramists from Ķīpsala made the name of Latvia known in Europe – they received prizes and awards in international exhibitions, participated in symposiums and other international events.

The exhibition features ceramic art from the so called 'Golden age artists' Inese Āboliņa, Skaidrīte Cihovska, Violeta Jātniece, Izabella Krolle, Kornēlija Ozoliņa, and Silvija Šmidkena. 

Artists Violeta Jātniece and Inese Āboliņa talked with the Latvian Radio Kultūras Rondo program in late July. 

The exhibition is quite diverse - one of the artists told Latvian Radio that these are six small personal exhibitions put into one, as each collection was hand-picked by the artist and the exhibition is separated into six rooms, one for each artist.

For example, Inese Āboliņa said, referring to the works of Izabella Krolle, that they're "metamorphic sculptures where one image morphs into another", while Violeta Jātniece said that Skaidrīte Cihovska's teapots feature an "extraordinary feeling of plasticity along with clear lines".

Read more about the exhibition here.

The Mark Rothko Art Center in Daugavpils, the birthplace of abstract expressionism’s leading artist Mark Rothko, is located located inside of the fortress' Arsenal building, and features a permanent exhibition with original works of the painter. 

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