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Barricades 25  riga  13.01.2016

13. jaanuaril kell 17.00 avati Läti Kunstnike Liidu Galeriis Balti 
riikide 1991. aasta sündmustele pühendatud ühisnäitus "Barrikaadid 25".


Näituse kontseptsioon koondab ekspositsiooni teosed, mis nii kommentaaride kui seisukohavõttudena kõnetavad Balti riikide ajaloolisi sündmusi ning tõmbavad paralleele tänapäeva.


Näitusel esineb 39 autorit enam kui 50 teosega.

Näituse peakorraldaja: Läti Kunstnike Liit
Näituse kuraatorid: Igors Dobičins (LV), Ieva Smiļģe (LV), Tiiu Rebane (EE), Evelina Januškaite (LT)

Eestit esindavad kunstnikud Sirja-Liisa Eelma, Jaan Elken, Andrus Joonas,Veiko Klemmer, Karl-Kristjan Nagel, Al Paldrok, 
Pusa Piret Bergmann Ville-Karel Viirelaid, Jana Wiebe ja Oleg Wiebe.

Näitus jääb avatuks kuni 14.02.2016.



In 2016 Artists' Union of Latvia invited the Estonian Artists' Association to cooperate in the joint exhibition dedicated to the 25 anniversary of the Barricades. In 2014 Latvian Artists' Union, Lithuanian Artists' Association and Estonian Artists' Association signed an agreement on cooperation in the fields of culture, art and education. The exhibition dedicated to the remembrance of barricades in 1991, would be already the second project of Latvian Artists' Union’s collaboration with the Lithuanian Artists' Association and the Estonian Artists' Association. In 2014 there was a joint exhibition “KELIAS / CEĻŠ / KETT” displayed in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
January 2016 marks 25 years since the events of barricades in 1991, when the independence supporters from Baltic countries were prepared to defend their freedom against potential military action and opponents of independence.
The project is intended as the combined exhibition with artworks from Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian artists. The opening of the exhibition is scheduled on January 13, 2016 in Riga, Gallery of Latvian Artists' Union.
Concept of the exhibition foreseed that each of the artists' union - The Artists' Union of Latvia, the Lithuanian Artists' Association and the Estonian Artists' Association, choosed their artists who  represented each country in a single exhibition, combining for about 10 artworks from each country, representing artists' emotions and feelings evoked by the events of 1991.

We believe that the unstable situation in current world and the events of November 13, in Paris, perhaps, turned the page of history again, and it is important to look for moral power and spirituality from Barricades in today's world and people.

President of the Artists' Union of Latvia
Igors Dobičins





From the opening speech (T.Rebane):

It is quite obvious that we were "absolute beginners" in 1991.

Most of us were too young to have a real experience of life without an outside power. 

I think that I am not making a mistake when I say that the main reason for our clear vision of our identity lies in our culture. Visual arts, literature and music, these three pillars are to blame in keeping the spirit alive. Even without interfering directly into everyday politics art was the strong source of strength and inner wisdom, as it can not be grasped with familiar tools. Art can not be institutionalized, it rebelled against dark ages with its own fluid methods.

What is a barricade ?

Barricade is a defense structure and an abstract metaphysical door at the same time. The door that opens exclusively after a mental exertion, after the real effort for an evolution.

In the opposite case the decline is inevitable. 

The mission of art is to point out all that is deeply important and create a vision for the future.

Art is always a barricade. 

Art is defending spirituality as much as it is revealing it. This is the concept that we have been aiming here now with the Estonian exposition in the context of our history and independence.

At the same time with looking back and observing the whole abstract impact of the barricades and drawing the parallels into nowadays,when all this what the world`s current global political and military grip is proving and confirming is that there is no, and have never been, any spiritual evolution and never even existed any hope for it,

we artists are still working in hope that our contemplation process can give generalized and timeless results: once again renewed visions of spirituality and free will. 

And in this visualization process we have the total freedom to be the absolute beginners.

Tiiu Rebane





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