On 7 February, the Ambassador of Latvia to the United States, Andris Razāns, launched an exhibition titled Rīga and World Cities. Live Paintings. Naumovs. Zarins in the exhibition room of the Embassy in Washington, thereby opening the Embassy’s cultural programme this year. The Rector of the Art Academy of Latvia, Professor Aleksejs Naumovs and the AAL Prorector Professor Kristaps Zariņš were also present at the launch event.
The exhibition is a joint work by both artists and has been staged in Washington on the initiative of the Latvian Embassy. The display aspires to build a bridge between Riga, Washington, New York and other cities across the world both in the direct and metaphorical meaning. The central role in the exhibition of both contemporary Latvian classics is assigned to cityscape featuring world metropolises and historical European cities in an exuberant array of colours.
“Whenever we decide to go on holiday, our destination options always include cities with their history, architecture and special charm. The exhibition is a dedication to Riga, the capital of Latvia, in the year when the city is a European Cultural Capital,” said Latvian Ambassador Razāns at the launching of the exhibition.
The two painters take the viewers on a trip to metropolises and smaller, yet extremely beautiful places. Their paintings depict Riga, New York, Washington, Hong Kong, Toledo, Jaffa and other cities across the globe visited and painted by Aleksejs Naumovs and Kristaps Zariņš.
The visitors were addressed by the Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, François Rivasseau, who expressed satisfaction with the project of cultural capitals created by the EU and the honour that Latvia has of hosting the European Capital of Culture in 2014. The numerous audience of the opening event included managers and representatives from the major galleries and museums in Washington, the media, Latvia’s Honorary Consuls in the U.S. as well as many other invited guests and art world figures.
The exhibition is this year’s first event on such a broad scale, bringing in the year of Riga, the European Capital of Culture. In April, the exposition will also be displayed in the premises of the European Union Delegation in Washington.
The exhibition is open for viewing at the Art Gallery of the Embassy of Latvia in the U.S. from 8 february to 8 March:
- on Fridays from 12:00 to 19:00
- on Saturdays from 10:00 to 17:00