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Latvia Pavilion at 58th Venice Biennale of Art

The Latvia Pavilion of the Venice Biennale: the artists of the pavilion, the works, the times, the periods, the cost of the tickets and the exhibition venue.

Latvia Pavilion Biennale of Art
Latvia Pavilion at Venice Biennale of Art - Arsenale, Castello - Venice

Exhibition in progress from 11 May to 24 November 2019

The 58th Biennale of Art will open to the public on 11 May 2019. But starting from a few days before the opening there will be the various openings and side events that always suddenly animate the Venetian artistic life. The title of the 58 edition of the Biennale d'Arte is May You Live In Interesting Times.

79 artists are invited to exhibit at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, with a prevalence of women. Among them the 2 Italians Ludovica Carbotta and Lara Favaretto. The first will make a site-specific work in Forte Marghera, inside the building known as the Austrian Powder Mill.

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Latvia Pavilion at 58th Biennale Arte of Venice

Title of the Venice Biennale's Latvia Pavilion is Saules Suns.

Daiga Grantiņa.
Curator: Valentinas Klimašauskas, Inga Lāce.
Commissioner: Dace Vilsone
Seat: Arsenale

Press Release of Latvia Pavilion of 58th Venice Biennale of Art

The Latvian Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale 2019 will host Saules Suns, a new site-specific installation by the artist Daiga Grantina that has been jointly curated by Inga Lace and Valentinas Klimašauskas.

In her practice, Daiga Grantina uses a wide range of everyday materials, from the synthetic to the organic, often inverting and trespassing beyond the limits of their traditional uses to create associative formations that both conceal and reveal, directing the viewer’s gaze in manifold ways.

The sources of inspiration for this new installation were light and simultaneity. Saules Suns is a multicentred landscape that unfolds around several suns, several sources of light traversing manifold materials and shapes. As if the scene of some cosmological dawn, it opens itself up as a site and moment for the generation of possibilities. Our sense of these possibilities is strengthened by the multitude of potential paths and perspectives through the installation.

Grantina bends metal into spirals, casts light into shadow, and fluffs cotton into fuchsia purple blossoms. However, it is not that the piece is about these materials themselves, but rather that with the help of these elements something is expressed. Through her own unique manner of expression, her language, the artist communicates and shapes the world, offering alternatives to the current state of affairs. This seems particularly significant given the current environment of heightened populism and ‘fake news’, within which verbal means of communication tend to fail. Her work reminds us of art’s fundamental characteristic – its capacity to constitute an alternative language beyond words and stories – which is especially important in this moment as well as, of course, in the context of the Biennale.

The curators of the Latvian Pavilion, Valentinas Klimašauskas and Inga Lace, are excited to work with Daiga Grantina, an artist they admire for her ability to combine materials in unexpected ways.

By bringing together the synthetic and the organic in arrangements reminiscent of life forms and molecular structures, she develops sculptural installations that read like three-dimensional scores for imagined vibrational patterns, their scattered elements radiating vivid colours.

The team behind the Latvian Pavilion this year is composed of commissioners Zane Culkstena and Solvita Krese, curators Inga Lace and Valentinas Klimašauskas, architect Dagnija Smilga (ETER), graphic designer Toan Vu-Huu (Studio Baldinger• Vu-Huu), project director Alexey Koshkin and coordinator in Venice Alessandro Zorzetto.

The project has been organized by the Kim? Contemporary Art Centre and the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Latvia has participated in the International Art Exhibition since 1999.

The organizers of the Latvian Pavilion 2019 would like to express their gratitude to the general supporters of the project – The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Janis Zuzans, SIA Alfor and Galerie Joseph Tang – as well as to the supporters of the exhibition: Magnetic Latvia, Delfi, Arctic Paper, Krassky Interior Showroom, Magnum NT, Mousse and Peteris Vinkelis.

Hours: Gardens from 10.00 to 18.00. Arsenale from 10.00 to 18.00 (from 10.00 to 20.00 on Friday and Saturday until September 30th). Closed on Mondays (except May 13, September 2, November 18).
Tickets: please visit the official website. On the web € 21.50 until 31 March 2019.
Phone: +39.041.5218711; fax +39.041.5218704
Web: Biennale of Venice

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