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Since late 2010 English summaries of the articles published in the Magazine Art History and Theory and collected articles from the series “Materials for Latvian Art History” are included in: The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities [online]. Available: http://cejsh.icm.edu.pl. This is a joint enterprise of Polish, Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian Academies of Sciences based in Poznań. Materials for the internet resource are prepared by Stella Pelše

 

Since late 2010 English summaries of the articles published in the Magazine Art History and Theory and collected articles from the series “Materials for Latvian Art History” are included in: The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities [online]. Available: http://cejsh.icm.edu.pl. This is a joint enterprise of Polish, Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian Academies of Sciences based in Poznań. Materials for the internet resource are prepared by Stella Pelše

In late 2010 Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences publishes collected articles Reinterpreting the Past: Traditionalist Artistic Trends in Central and Eastern Europe of the 1920s and 1930s edited by Irena Kossowska (Proceedings of an international conference organised by the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw) and the Institute of Art History of the Jagiellonian University (Cracow), Warsaw-Cracow, 21-23 September, 2006). The publication includes the article by Stella Pelše Ethnography, Neo-Classicism and International Context: Latvian Traditionalist Thinking on the Art of the 1930s (pp. 89-104).  

On 18 December 2010 the opening of the publication Senā Jelgava (Ancient Jelgava, Rīga: Neputns, 2010, 336 p.) compiled by Elita Grosmane takes place in Jelgava St. Trinity Church Tower. The illustrated edition (359 images) consists of the following articles: Dažas pārdomas par Jelgavas kultūrvēsturi (Some reflections on Jelgava’s cultural history) by Peter Wörster, Jelgavas pilsētas lauku novads: robežas un iekļaušana pilsētas administratīvajās robežās (Jelgava country district: borders and inclusion in the town’s administrative borders) by Margarita Barzdeviča, Jelgavas pilsētbūvnieciskā struktūra: pacēlumi un kritumi (Jelgava’s structure of urban planning: ups and downs) by Elita Grosmane, Jaunatklājumi par veco pili un Jelgavas panorāma ap 1700. gadu (New discoveries on the Old Castle and the panorama of Jelgava about 1700) by Imants Lancmanis, Augi un puķes Jelgavā jauno laiku sākumā (Plants and flowers in Jelgava in the beginning of modern period) by Almut Bues, Jelgavas mākslinieki un glezniecība 17. – 18. gadsimtā (Artists and painting in Jelgava in the 17th and 18th century) by Ieva Lancmane, Johana Heinces un Tobiasa Heinca jautājums: izcelsme un darbība Latvijā 17. gs. pirmajā pusē (Johann Heintze and Tobias Heintz: origins and activities in Latvia in the 1st half of the 17th century) by Elita Grosmane, Jelgavas Sv. Jura baznīca (Jelgava St. George’s Church) by Kristīne Ogle, Pēdējā Rastrelli celtne (The last building by Rastrelli) by Valda Vilīte, Klasicisms Jelgavas arhitektūrā (Classicism in the architecture of Jelgava) by Imants Lancmanis, Jūliuss Dērings Jelgavā (Julius Döring in Jelgava) by Edvarda Šmite, Arhitekts Kārlis Eduards Strandmanis Jelgavā, Latvijā un Lietuvā (Architect Carl Edvard Strandmann in Jelgava, Latvia and Lithuania) by Jānis Zilgalvis,  „Zaļā Vārna” (1925–1940). Starp Rīgu un Jelgavu (“Green Crow” (1925–1940). Between Riga and Jelgava) by Aija Brasliņa, Mākslas dzīve un mākslinieki Jelgavā divu okupāciju laikā 1940–1944 (Art life and artists in Jelgava during two occupations 1940–1944) by Guntis Švītiņš, P. L. C. Christian Bornmann’s poem Jelgava by Ināra Klekere, Panegyric to Jelgava by Christian Bornmann, translated by Valdis Bisenieks, commentaries by Ināra Klekere.



On 17 December 2010 Elita Grosmane presents the initial version of the multi-media DVD Rīgas Doms. Arhitektūras un mākslas vērtības (Riga Dome Cathedral. Values of Architecture and Art) at the Latvian Academy of Art. The DVD is prepared in connection with the State Research Program “National Identity (Language, Latvian History, Culture and Human Security)” in collaboration with media artists Ivo Simsons and Kristaps Raits.

On 16 December 2010 Daina Lāce defends her PhD thesis Riga City Architect and City Council Master Builder Johann Daniel Felsko (1813–1902). Summary available at: http://lma.lv/downloads/LACE_Felsko_Kopsav_latv-eng_04-10-2010.pdf



On 9 December 2010 Anna Ancāne defends her PhD thesis Architecture and Urban Planning of Riga in the 2nd half of the 17th Century at the Latvian Academy of Art. Summary available at: http://lma.lv/downloads/Kopsavilkums.pdf



On 2 December 2010 the Institute of Art History and the Association KIM? organise the 18th Boris Wipper Memorial Readings “Examples and Interpretations in the Theory and Practice of Art: The Case of Latvia”. The conference directed by Stella Pelše includes presentations of the following topics: “Design and national identity in Latvian SSR in the 1970s – public and secret files” (Iliana Veinberga, doctoral student at the Latvian Academy of Art – LAA), “The role of Gothic examples in the sacred architecture of Riga in the 19th century. Johann Daniel Felsko’s case” (Daina Lāce), “The role of examples in the décor of early 20th century rent houses in Riga” (Silvija Grosa, LAA), “Audio images in Latvian painting in the late 19th and early 20th century: Echoes of the migration of ideas and local experience” (Kristiāna Ābele), “Creation of the visual art vocabulary in Latvia. The productiveness of appropriations in the terminology of the field” (Aiga Dzalbe, doctoral student at the LAA), “Echoes and influences of Western Modernism in Latvian photography of the 1960s” (Alise Tīfentāle, doctoral student at the LAA), “Experimental theatre in Latvia during the period of stagnation: reviving images with the help of imagination” (art critic and curator Vilnis Vējš) and “Kinetic art in the 1970s. Riga School” (Ieva Astahovska, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art).

On 1–10 December 2010 art historian Jolanta Polanowska from Poland visits Latvia (academic exchange program between the Latvian Academy of Sciences and Polish Academy of Sciences, in accordance with the cooperation agreement between the Institute of Art History of the Latvian Academy of Art and the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences). The aim of the visit: to study materials on the natural scientist and diplomat, Count Michal Borch (1753–1811) and inspect the Borch Palace in Varakļāni.

In November 2010 Estonian Society of Art Historians publishes the special issue of the magazine Kunstiteaduslikke Uurimusi = Studies on Art and Architecture that includes the article Creating the Discipline: Facts, Stories and Sources of Latvian Art History (pp. 26-41) by Stella Pelše and the review Art and Art History Related Periodicals in Latvia Today (pp. 154-155) by Kristiāna Ābele.

On 29 October 2010 employees of the Institute of Art History set out for a photo expedition to Lithuania, inspecting and photographing monuments of architecture and art in Biržai, Rokiškis, Zarasai and Stelmuže.

On 14–15 October 2010 Elita Grosmane participates in an international conference The Landmarks of Art History in Kaunas (Lithuania), the 2nd event dedicated to the 200th anniversary of art history lecture at the Vilnius University. She presents the paper The Developments of Art History in Latvia. Problems and Solutions. Elita Grosmane is also the member of the Scientific Committee of the conference. 

On 1–31 October 2010 Svetlana Poligienė, doctoral student of the Vilnius Academy of Art, was invited by the Institute of Art History to study comparative materials available in Riga for her PhD thesis Registration of Church Art in Lithuania from 1990 to 2005.

On 26 September 2010 Kristiāna Ābele is invited by Usedomer Kunstverein to participate in the opening of the exhibition Johann Walter-Kurau und Seine Malschule in Kunstpavillon Heringsdorf, presenting a paper dealing with the life and art of the teacher of the Usedom artists Otto Manigk and Karen Schacht.

On 14–16 September 2010 Stella Pelše participates in an international conference The History of Art History in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe in Toruń (Poland), dedicated to the 200th anniversary of art history lecture at the Vilnius University. She presents the paper Latvian Art Historians as Critics and Theoreticians: Art’s Values and Developments in the Inter-War Period.

On 7 September 2010 the restored painting Crowning of Virgin Mary in the Riga Dome Cathedral’s northern ante-hall was opened to the public; Elita Grosmane presented this oldest preserved medieval painting in the Baltics. 

On 3 August 2010 editors and contributors meet at the opening of the 13th issue of the magazine Art History and Theory.

On 22–23 July 2010 Elita Grosmane and Anna Ancāne set out for a trip to Pärnu and Tallinn (Estonia) to inspect and photograph 17th century monuments of architecture and art in museums and city space.

On 19–28 July 2010 art historian Małgorzata Omilanowska from Poland visits Latvia (academic exchange program between the Latvian Academy of Sciences and Polish Academy of Sciences, in accordance with the cooperation agreement between the Institute of Art History of the Latvian Academy of Art and the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences). The aim of her visit is to study materials held by the State History Archives of Latvia on Polish architects who studied at Riga Polytechnic Institute.

Since July 2010 the magazine Art History and Theory is included in the Central and Eastern European Online Library (available: www.ceeol.com) based in Germany to provide access to the journals of social and human sciences of the region’s countries.

 On 15–20 June 2010 Stella Pelše participates in the 6th European Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts in Riga, presenting the paper From Surface to Illusion and Back: Painting’s Textural Qualities in Latvian Thinking on Art.

On 3 June 2010 the collected articles Muzeja raksti 2 (Museum Writings 2) compiled by Dace Lamberga was opened at the Latvian National Museum of Art Exhibition Hall Arsenāls. The publication comprises papers presented at the conference Germany and Latvia between Two World Wars: Connections of Art Life, including the article by Kristiāna Ābele Johans Valters un vācu ekspresionisms (Johann Walter and German Expressionism).

On 25 May 2010 the book The Nineties: Contemporary Art in Latvia (compiled by Ieva Astahovska) was opened at Latvian Contemporary Art Centre, including the article by Stella Pelše The Stylistic Parallels, Impressions and Quotations of Western Contemporary Art in Latvian Art in the 1990s.

On 14–15 May 2010 Stella Pelše participates in an international seminar Thinking Art History in East-Central Europe in Tallinn (Estonia), presenting the position paper Back to Normality or Beyond: Theories of Art in Latvia (included in the panel Migrations of Theory). The seminar is the first event in the Research Program Unfolding Narratives: Art Histories in East-Central Europe after 1989 co-organised by Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (USA) and Institute of Art History of Estonian Academy of Art, supported by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Getty Foundation.

On 6–8 May 2010 the employees of the Institute of Art History set out for a trip to Latgale and Sēlija (Eastern Latvia) to document monuments of architecture and art for the Latvian art history on the internet (work in progress).

 On 22 April 2010 Stella Pelše participates in a panel discussion organised in connection with the lecture Style as Site: A Redefinition of the Art and Sociality Question by Ina Blom (Oslo University). The event was organised as part of the educational program of Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art.

On 25–28 March 2010 Elita Grosmane participates in the seminar organised in Ahrensburg (Germany) in connection with the project The Reception of Italian and Netherlandish Art in the Baltic Area in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries that is part of the European Network for Baroque Cultural Heritage – ENBaCH.

On 21–28 March 2010 Anna Ancāne visits Amsterdam, Utrecht and Leyden to study materials for her PhD thesis Architecture and Urban Planning of Riga in the 2nd half of the 17th Century and consult with Konrad Ottenheym, Professor of the History of Architecture at Utrecht University. The visit is supported by the European Social Fund scholarship.

On 5 March 2010 Elita Grosmane presents a paper The Iconography of St. Christopher and Lielais Kristaps in Riga at the 237th jubilee event of Riga Museum of History and Navigation. More on this subject: in the publication Rīgas lielais Kristaps: Veltījums Rīgas vēstures un kuģniecības muzeja 237. gadskārtai.

On 3 March 2010 Kristiāna Ābele receives the Culture Prize of the Year 2009 awarded by the newspaper Diena for her monograph Johans Valters.



On 20 January 2010 Stella Pelše participates in the discussion Contemporary Art – A Travel into Unknown, presenting the topic Swedbank Art Award Nominee Exhibition – An Important Event in Riga’s Contemporary Art Scene, included in the series of events “Conversations with Artists” organised by Riga Art Space exhibition hall.

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