Three for the Weekend: Skate for freedom, Art Noveau, symbolic bulls

Skate for freedom, look at Art Noveau graphics and symbolically resonant paintings of people riding bulls are among this week's things to do and see in Latvia.

Skate for freedom

As the Brīvības (Freedom) st. has been renovated greatly, a group of people are carrying out a late night skate event to try the new asphalt. People on roller skates, skateboards, and kick scooters are invited to attend.

The run starts from the VEF bridge, going across a large stretch of  to the Alfa shopping center and back again on Saturday at 11 p.m. Here's the Facebook event which has some 3,000 signed up as 'interested' or 'going'. 

White shirts and symbolically resonant bulls

From September 9 to November 6 the Arsenals art gallery is hosting "Civilians", a solo exhibition by Sandra Krastiņa exploring "the relationship between the individual and events". 

For Krastiņa, painting and art expresses an "ability to formulate images that express a broad context of the era, at the same time retaining a link to a specific mentality of place."

What's with the shirts and bulls? The acclaimed painter's more recent subjects are just that--white male shirts and mighty bulls.

Read more about the exhibition and the artist HERE

Birthday boy goes Art Noveau graphic

The Rīga Art Noveau Museum is exhibiting graphic art by the famed Latvian painter Janis Rozentāls, who is turning 150 this year. 

For a time, Rozentāls resided in the house on Alberta st. 12 where the museum is located.

Now the museum's interior has been restored to how it may have looked in 1903, giving visitors a chance to get an impression of how Rozentāls' pieces affected viewers within the actual context of the times.

"Here's the rub, that we're telling about and showing works of Rozentāls in an interior like it was then... The artworks were made five floors up, in the mastery of Rozentāls, as he used to live in this house," museum director Agrita Tipāne told LTV.

The place is open each day except Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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