Works of contemporary visual art, created by Latvian artists over the last 30 years

About the project

“Art Collection 2020” includes over 300 contemporary artworks which have been added to the collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art.

With the aim of “reducing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the culture sector, giving support to actively working artists affected by the crisis and simultaneously qualitatively adding to the museum’s collection” (Cabinet of Ministers Order No 339 of 18.06.2020), in the summer of 2020, the Latvian National Museum of Art was granted 550 000 euros from the state budget for acquiring artworks.

To ensure a qualitative and transparent artwork selection process, the museum established an Expert Committee comprising five specialists from the museum and five experts invited from outside. Based on the Statutes, the experts appraised the art scene of the last 30 years as reflected in the museum’s collections to determine which artistic trends and artists of the period are completely unrepresented or only have a handful of works in the LNMA collection.

Through a unique acquisition programme, 325 works by 107 currently-active artists of all generations were added to the museum’s collection. A broad spectrum of visual arts spheres is represented in the collection, including painting, sculpture and objects, photography and video, as well as mixed-media installations, interdisciplinary projects, and design artworks. The works cover a wide range of subjects and moods, from universal, globally articulated values to evocations based on personal experience, and neutral observations to ironic or provocative messages. 

While it would be impossible to simultaneously show all of “Art Collection 2020” in the exhibition hall, it will be available online for everyone. The digital catalogue provides information about the circumstances of creation and concept of each work, as well as technical information and images. 

Expert Commission

  • Māris Čačka

    Head of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Member of the Visual Arts Council of the Ministry of Culture.

    “I believe that the greatest value of art and museum work, in general, is an acknowledged and supported artist. In the last forty-fifty years, this seems to be the largest acquisition of LNMM, which will continue the story of Latvian art of today and of future generations. I am pleased with the constructive cooperation with colleagues in the Expert Commission and the balance in the procurement between the generations of artists and different art media, balancing the procurement with the works of authors which already were in the collection and finding an opportunity to supplement the collection with the works of the authors which were not represented yet.”

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