No, it's not the arrival of spring just yet, but Latvia's second city can offer a fresh selection of artworks at the Mark Rothko Art Center. The new exhibition season, open to the public from 1 February until 14 April, features such shows as “The Play of Light and Dark” by Inta Celmiņa and Edvards Grūbe, “Internal Uniformity” by Wang Shaojun, “Moments” by Belarusian watercolour painter Alexander Karpan and “Architecture in Painting” by Oļģerts Krauklis. In addition, Pashmin Art Gallery from Germany has brought to Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre a group show by 15 international artists on the topic “Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty”. Finally, Romanian artists Ovidiu Leuce and Delia Maxim together with Pinar Baklan Önal from Turkey offer a joint exhibition project “Ugunī” featuring artwork created right here, in Daugavpils Fortress, in the framework of the Rothko Centre’s residency programme.
Another way to escape the snow and sleet this weekend is to take a musical journey with composers Mendelsohnn and Ravel, courtesy of the Spīķeri string quartet. Though based in Rīga, the quartet will be performing at the wonderful Lielais Dzintars concert hall in Liepāja, with a program including Felix Mendelssohn’s high-romantic String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13, as well as a quartet by Maurice Ravel that is considered to be one of the classics of the string quartet genre.
One of the most eagerly-anticipated films of the year has just opened, so find out what all the fuss is about by watching "Jēkabs, Mimmi un runājošie suņi" (Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs). Even if your Latvian isn't perfect the excellent animation and a simple but compelling story should ensure that everyone in the family enjoys the trip to the flicks.