On September 17 Ambassador Andris Razāns and Mrs. Gunta Razāne opened the photo exhibition „Riga and Washington DC: Comparisons in Jugendstil and Spanish Mission Private Residences” at the Art Space of the Embassy of Latvia. The opening event was attended by Washington DC architecture professionals, representatives of cultural institutions and media, and by special guests: architect and Professor Jānis Krastiņš of Latvia, Amy Ballard of the Smithsonian Institution, C. Ford Peatross of the Library of Congress, Agrita Tipāne of the Riga Jugendstil Museum and Zanda Ķergalve of the Riga City Council.
The exhibit will be open Fridays (12:00 – 7:00 p.m.) and Saturdays (12:00 – 5:00 p.m.) from September 20 through October 19 at the Art Space of the Embassy of Latvia, 2304 Massachusetts Ave, NW (Sheridan Circle), Washington, DC 20008.
The exhibit, which celebrates the 110th anniversary of the Embassy of Latvia building (the Alice Pike Barney Studio House), compares two residences: the unique Jugendstil architecture of a Riga, Latvia artist’s residence (which now houses the Riga Art Nouveau Museum) to the historic Alice Pike Barney Studio House, the current home of the Embassy of Latvia. Alice Pike Barney, a patron of the Washington art scene in the early 20th century, worked together with architect Waddy Wood to design the unique studio house, which is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The exhibit also has on display chairs from the private collection of Gary Thomas Scott, which were purchased by Mr. Scott in an auction prior to the Embassy of Latvia’s purchase of the Alice Pike Barney Studio House. To popularize Riga as the 2014 European Capital of Culture, the exhibit displays the national romanticism style of the private residence of Konstantīns Pēkšēns (Alberta ielā 12 in Riga), which housed his architecture office and later became the art studio of the famous Latvian painter Janis Rozentals.
The exhibit has been developed in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, the Jugendstil Museum in Riga and the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, DC.
Articles on the exhibit have been published:
For photos of the opening please see: Ministry of Foreign Affairs