Egons Peršēvics' provocative sculptures on show in Liepāja

On August 7 at 5 PM the personal exhibition of sculptor Egons Peršēvics will be opened at Liepāja Museum. The exhibition, titled мāксла - from the Latvian for art or perhaps aяt as Latin letters are mingled with the Cyrillic script in the name, will be open until September 13, reported Latvian Radio on Friday.

The name isn't everything that's bound to stir up emotion, well, if you're Latvian anyway. In the garden of the museum, Milda, the woman-symbol whom you may recognize from the Latvian Freedom Monument, is sitting in a lotus position.

The central work of the exhibition - a 10-meter square box filled with pebbles with a metal ship in the middle - is titled simply "Here" and refers to the city of Liepāja, invoking symbols such as the sun, the sea, the peace and the metal, all associated with the city. 

During the opening, Ukrainian trumpet player Oleksiy Demchenko will play a specially composed fanfare.

Among with several recognized works, the sculptor will be showcasing his newest works of art.

"This is my first personal exhibition, and I want to show the works that are currently my most important. Perhaps that's why the exhibition will be, in terms of themes, quite dense, and perhaps even oversaturated," said Peršēvics.

The Liepāja Museum had some explaining to do to the State Language Center (VVC) for the Cyrillic used in naming the exhibition, though the artist makes a point that if people can go to festivals such as Positivus and Summertime, there's nothing wrong with a completely Latvian word in the Cyrillic script.

Latvians are very picky about naming things recently, as the debacle over naming an eatery at Latvian National Library recently showed. 

Egons Peršēvics has graduated from the sculpture department of Latvian Academy of Arts and obtained a master's degree there in 2013. He is a noticeable participant in exhibitions and art happenings since 2006. 

In 2008 Peršēvics represented Latvia in the Sculpture Quadrennial Riga. In the last few years, his works have being shown outside Latvia as well - in Ukraine, Finland and Lithuania. 

From autumn 2010 he has been working on his sculptural projects in Liepāja. He is a teacher at the Liepāja Design and Art College.

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