Tuesdays - Fridays
Salon manager and exhibition curator. On a maternity leave till May 2019
Has dedicated her professional activity to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, both in terms of research and exhibition curating. She defended her bachelor's (2008) and master's (2010) theses at the Art Academy of Latvia on the subject of iconography of Soviet Latvian painting. Currently works on her doctor's thesis on Latvian artists in Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1940.
Head collection manager, curator of painting and decorative art collections
In addition to taking care of the Mūkusala Art Salon's collection, continues to work on a paper on Jānis Tīdemanis, that she started during her studies at the Art Academy of Latvia (1999-2005).
In 2017, this work materialised in a book about the artist in the Neputns Publishers' series Classics of Latvian Art, while a more extensive monograph is under preparation. Occasionally curates exhibitions.
Keeper of graphic art and sculpture collections and exhibition curator
Graduated from bachelor’s (2012) and master’s (2016) programmes at the Art Academy of Latvia with papers on history of Latvian sculpture. Worked as Curator of the Latvian Sculpture Collection at the Latvian National Museum of Art (2013–2017), also curating exhibitions. Her professional interests include art of the 20th century as well as contemporary processes in Latvia and abroad.
Keeper of the Collection of Decorative and Applied Art
Her professional interests are related to the stories told by material culture in the processes of design and applied art today and historically. Her theoretical BA (2008) and MA (2010) papers at the Art Academy of Latvia were dedicated to the history of Latvian design and she acquired practical experience working with historical artefacts at the Museum of Romans Suta and Aleksandra Beļcova and Riga Porcelain Museum. In parallel she writes publications on these subjects.
Exhibition curator and project manager
Has spent several years working at the Exhibition Hall Arsenāls of the Latvian National Museum of Art, curating exhibitions in its Creative Workshop. Dedicates particular attention to promoting young Latvian artists, with Candy Bomber (2007) and Ubranchildren (2010), her largest curated exhibitions to date.
Exhibition curator and acting salon manager
Completed bachelor’s (2007) and master’s (2010) programmes at the Art Academy of Latvia with theses on Latvian art photography. Previously worked at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (2004-2007) and was director of the Art Museum of Tukums (2011-2013). Her current professional interests centre on interpreting collections and correlating works created in different eras and contexts.
Metadata editor, exhibition curator, translator
As a consequence of privately motivated culture-intoxication, he has ended up at a workplace dealing with the material and typological side of art. In his spare time he is engaged in finding a balance between statistical improvements in cultural events visits and achieving a critical insight.
In 2011, earned an MA in restoration from the Art Academy of Latvia. Following her studies, worked as a painting conservator at the Ģederts Eliass Jelgava History and Art Museum until 2012. From 2014 until 2016, worked at the conservation workshop of the Latvian National Museum of Art. Since 2016, she is the main paintings conservator for the Mūkusala Art Salon.
Assistant in collection and exhibition work
In 2011, earned a BA in business, worked as a clerk in Latvian Road Traffic Safety Directorate (2006-2014). Since 2014, prefers various creative endeavours and carpentry. Aspires to master picture framing.
Head of communications
A bachelor’s degree from Latvian Academy of Culture (Intercultural Relations (Latvia-France), 2006) and a master’s degree in business management from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (EMBA, 2015) have resulted in Benji Knewman, a self-published bilingual bookazine which tells the Latvian story in an international language and is available globally. Fascinated by ideas of how to talk about art to audiences of different ages and interests.
The operation of the Mūkusala Art Salon is determined by private initiative - with the aim of creating a democratic space, open to all members of society to get to know and enjoy Latvian art, free of charge.
The Mūkusala Art Salon has four main goals. Firstly, to show and promote the salon’s collection. Art of the second half of the 20th century - perhaps the brightest period of art, especially painting, in Latvia - currently does not feature in any permanent exposition in Riga, but is regularly on display in the salon. The exhibition programme is determined by the character of the collection, which traces several important developments in Latvian art as well as occasionally exploring more isolated phenomena. The salon’s curators try to find a balance among solo, group, art movement and thematic shows, to ensure multifaceted agenda appealing to various tastes.
Secondly, the salon aims to highlight new and contemporary artists, both ones that have not been sufficiently recognised, and ones whose art has already received critical acclaim and needs no introduction. From Fall 2012 the salon’s newly opened Upper Gallery will be dedicated to this purpose. Thus, the viewers will be presented with two exhibitions simultaneously - the old masters on the ground floor, and contemporary art on the upper level.
Thirdly, to broaden the context of the exhibitions, the salon regularly organises various, interdisciplinary events - lectures, readings, theatre performances - that directly or indirectly further the issues raised by the displays or provide deeper insight in separate but still significant questions.
The fourth goal of the Mūkusala Art Salon - one that remains invisible to the visitors - is scientific research of the works in the collection. A selection of the results will be available on the salon’s website, and eventually they will take a book format.