NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

What if an art collector – or in more modest terms, a person interested in art who, from time to time, also happens to purchase, exchange, and receive artworks as gifts – spent their summers in rural Latvia? What would that house – or let’s just go grand: what would that estate look like? Of what would it be reminiscent? Would the house pay homage to the shabby chic of Anna Karenina, or the Eurodesign that dominated 1990s interiors? Would it lean towards the Soviet-esque, or would it stick to the pre-war, Baltic-German style?


The exhibition space turns into an architectural maze without walls, turning its focus on de-acquisition. The collection contains furniture from the summer house and new works realized on site during the SUMMER edition exhibition – here they have been placed inside of a dystopic installation, endowing the collection with a slightly grotesque background. Looking at the displayed artworks, it becomes clear that the collection or taste of our “collector” is far from what one would call “blue chip”, that is, a collection in which “signature style” and key works” prevail; instead, it contains many by-products and leftovers. Smaller, earlier works provide an image of a rather dirty but engaged collection, one in which the artworks form part of what could be described as a “conversation piece”, to quote both the eponymous 18th-century English portraiture style and the 1974 Luchino Visconti film.

Included are works by: Eriks Apalais, Tristan Bera, Gerry Bibby, Drew Kahu’āina Broderick, Stefan Burger, Merlin Carpenter, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Vija Celmins, Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, David Douard, Ramon Feller, Ffixxed Studios, Gina Folly, Oleg Frolov, Ryan Gander, Liam Gillick, Edgars Gluhovs, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Guerilla Girls, Karl Holmqvist, Daniel Horn, Morag Keil, Emil Michael Klein, Fred Lonidier, Miltos Manetas, MAY, Daria Melnikova, Daniele Milvio, Jonathan Monk, Sveta Mordvskaya, Carter Mule, Kärt Ojavee, Josephine Pryde, Cinzia Ruggeri, Hinrich Sachs, Cindy Shermann, Mike E. Smith, Sarah Staton, Rikrit Tiravanija, Lucas Uhlmann, Miriam Visaczki, Danh Vo, Marie-Pascale Wellinger, Pedro Wirz, Seyoung Yoon, Artur Zmijewski.

The exhibition is curated by Zane Onckule.

Gallery name: Kim? Contemporary Art Center

Address: Sporta iela 2, Riga

Opening hours: Tue 14:00 - 20:00, Wed-Fri 14:00 - 18:00, Sat-Sun 10:00 - 18:00

Open: 01.11.2019 - 15.12.2019