There are no places left on the plane, no free places left for the performance, no places left at the preschool educational institution, no place left on the hard disk, no state-funded places left at the university. From frightful online news, establishment of facts, announcements on displays in the bus, to workplaces for spending life comfortably. The authors of the exhibition ask the question: “What to do when no places seem to be left? It may be beneficial for some, but the majority of society must deal with the situation of fitting into structures that are already closed.”
The ARSENĀLS Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art is part of Vecrīga’s Northern Gate ensemble. And, despite the fact that this is one of the architecturally most spacious buildings in Riga, here too there is no place left. The conditions for keeping the collections are very cramped. In the premises, each square centimetre is being used. Thus, 4 166 works from the collection of painting are kept in 359 m².
Despite the shortage of spaces, Brigita Zelča-Aispure and Kristaps Grundšteins’ exhibition will be an attempt to squeeze into the more than 186-year-old architecture of the building, using it not as a container for their works, but becoming a part of it. Together the artists have created an object, which will literally pass through the entire ARSENĀLS building, investigating the borders between visual art, architecture and design.
Gallery name: ARSENĀLS LNMA Exhibition Hall
Address: Torņa iela 1, Riga
Opening hours: Tue, Fri 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 11:00 - 20:00, Sat-Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Open: 22.03.2019 - 19.05.2019