Rīga Art Space kicks off season with archival artistry

The Riga Art Space (Rīgas mākslas telpa) - an exhibition hall by Rātslaukums in Old Riga - will unveil the 2016 season with the Lost in the Archive modern art exhibit, revealing new facets in the seemingly dull concept of an archive, reported LSM's culture editors Wednesday. 

The promising repertoire of the art space this season makes the largely underground arts hall a worthwhile destination if you find yourself in Riga in 2016.

Organized by the Latvian Modern Art Center and the Living Art Museum platform from Reykjavík, Lost in the Archive looks at folders of the Latvian Modern Art Archive - and the concept of archives and archiving generally. 

"The exhibit will show the dusty and boring concept of an archive from different points of view. It'll break down the order in archive repositories in order to create new and exciting stories, through which one can understand and interpret not only history, but this day and the future as well," said curators Ina Lāce and Andra Silapētere.

Lost in the Archive, on show from February 5 to March 27, will be accompanied by a symposium, a meeting with the artists, as well as an educational program for the younger art connoisseurs (children).

On February 13 at 12 afternoon the Modern Art Center invites visitors to meet the artists and curators in a guided tour at the exhibition, while on March 23 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. the Lost (and Found) in the Archive symposium will take place with lectures and discussions that will look at how archives have been used for culture, accumulating knowledge and interpreting history.

Throughout 2016 the space will host numerous events like the Rīga photography biennial and the Printmaking IN international graphics festival, also welcoming a personal exhibit by the Estonian performance artist Anonymous Boh, and the Intro program for new artists, while autumn will be marked by evenings combining art and music, titled "1 X MMM". 

Given the multitude of things taking place in the Art Space throughout the year, a visit is worth considering if you're visiting the Latvian capital. 

The current exhibit will feature dozens of foreign and Latvian artists, and the Contemplation Conditions exhibit featuring new talents will take place almost simultaneously, from February 6 to March 5.

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