Three for the Weekend: Art all around

Brace yourselves for an artsy weekend within and without Rīga in this weekend's events guide.

Art in Cēsis

Discover the history of art in Cēsis at the retrospective exhibition of local artists at the History and Art Museum in the Cēsis Old Town.

After opening on December 9 at 4 p.m. the exhibition will be available to the public until April 16 next year.

Cēsis has a long-standing tradition of exhibiting local artists, started in the inter-war period and revived by art teacher Kārlis Baltgailis in 1956. 

Expressive paintings in Liepāja

Paintings by the famed Latvian artist Maija Tabaka will be on show at the Liepāja Museum starting December 9 until next year's February 26. 

The exhibition features paintings from the Latvian Artists' Association, the Latvian National Art Museum and elsewhere. 

Tabaka's dreamy works abound in extraordinary women, folktale heroes, famous people and others, organizers say.

Tabaka has been the subject of several books and a documentary.

Bohemian roots cafe in Rīga

The Sukubs cafe, which opened just on December 8, hosts paintings by the Latvian artists Kārlis Siliņš and Aivars Riekstiņš. 

It goes in the footsteps of the legendary bohemian - and, for what it's worth, vegetarian - cafe Sukubs (Succubus) that was opened nearly a hundred years ago by the mother of ceramics artist Romans Suta.

Photo: Ceramics by Romans Suta.

"Our vision is that not only visual arts will be represented here. Our motto is, 'Art meets you'. What does it mean? It means it's not only paintings that people can see when they visit. We want them to be able to meet a poet, writer, photographer, a musician, anything you can picture," said the cafe's creative director Inga Rūtentāle.

It's very central too, located as it is on Krišjāņa Valdemāra street 8 just opposite the Congress Hall.

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