On 21 December 2011 the Institute of Art History receives the publication Rīgas pilsētas arhitekts JOHANS DANIELS FELSKO 1813–1902 / City Architect of Riga JOHANN DANIEL FELSKO 1813–1902 commissioned by Municipal Agency Riga City Architect’s Office. Text by Daina Lāce, editor Zanda Redberga, photographer Aivars Siliņš, designers Ingūna Elere, Tatjana Raičiņeca, translator Inta Liepiņa. 40 pages with colour plates.

On 12–14 December 2011
Elita Grosmane visits Berlin to study the latest publications of the field and ask advice from German specialists Prof. Dr. Ernst Badstübner and restorer Dr. Jan Raue on the issues of medieval painting related to the painting “Coronation of Mary in the Sky” uncovered in Riga Dome Cathedral in 2009–2010. Antehall wall before and after the uncovering. Photo: Elita Grosmane, Marika Vanaga.


On 25 November 2011
ESF grant holder Agnese Bergholde receives her PhD for the dissertation Rīgas Doma viduslaiku arhitektūra un būvplastika (Medieval Architecture and Sculptural Décor of Riga Dome Cathedral). Scientific supervisor – Dr. art. Elita Grosmane, opponents – Prof. Dr. habil. art. Ojārs Spārītis, Dr. arch. Ilmārs Dirveiks. Photo: Anna Ancāne.


On 25 October 2011 within the United All-Latvian Scientists’ 3rd Congress and Letonica 4th Congress the Art history section Latvian Visual Arts in the European Context is held at KIM? Contemporary Art Centre. The program was worked out and directed by Elita Grosmane. Papers were presented by Agnese Bergholde from Münster in Germany (Rīgas Doma būvplastika. Salīdzinošais aspects / Sculptural Décor of Riga Dome Cathedral. Comparative Aspect), Anna Ancāne (Rīgas 17. gs. otrās puses arhitektūra starptautisko sakaru kontekstā / Riga’s Late 17th Century Architecture in the Context of International Connections), Eduards Kļaviņš (“Jaunā romatiķa” tēla modifikācijas Latvijas 19. gs. pirmās puses portreta glezniecībā” / Modifications of the “New Romanticist’s” Image in Latvian Painting of the Early 19th Century), Daina Lāce (Rīgas Biržas ēka Eiropas 19. gs. arhitektūrā / Riga Stock Exchange Building in 19th Century European Architecture), Elita Grosmane (Rīgas Doma ziemeļu priekšhalles rekonstrukcijas paradigmu meklējumi / Searching for Reconstruction Paradigms of the Northern Antehall of Riga Dome Cathedral), Stella Pelše (Eiropas konteksts latviešu mākslas interpretācijās 20. gs. gaitā / European Context in the Interpretations of Latvian Art during the 20th Century), Kristiāna  Ābele (Latviešu mākslas veicināšanas biedrības izveidošanās, nozīmīgākie darbības gadi (1911–1915) un pēctecība Baltijas kultūras dzīvē / Formation, Most Important Years (1911–1915)  and Continuity of Latvian Art Promotion Society in the Baltic Cultural Life), Sniedze Kāle (Latviešu mākslinieku darbība Krievijā kā valsts kultūrpolitikas sastāvdaļa (1917–1940) / Latvian Artists’ Activities in Russia as Part of Official Cultural Policy (1917–1940) ), Marta Šuste (Romans Suta. Nacionāli konstruktīvais stils. Eiropas un Latvijas konteksts / Romans Suta. National Constructive Style. European and Latvian Context), Nataļja Jevsejeva (Aleksandras Beļcovas darbi 20. gs. 30. gados. Ierosinājumi Parīzē un Stokholmā / Works by Aleksandra Beļcova in the 1930s. Impulses from Paris and Stockholm) and Amy Bryzgel (Miervaldis Polis and Gints Gabrāns. Performance Art in Latvia Then and Now). All reports have been published in the edition of collected articles  Latvijas vizuālās mākslas Eiropas kontekstā (Rīga: LMA Mākslas vēstures institūts; Mākslas vēstures pētījumu atbalsta fonds, 2011, 144 pages. Photo: Daina Lāce, Stella Pelše





On 24 October 2011
Kristiāna Ābele receives Felix Award of European Academy of Sciences and Arts for the monograph Johans Valters (Rīga: Neputns, 2009). The Award was presented by Dr. Felix Unger, President of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts during the Academy session in Rundāle Palace Museum. Photo: Anna Ancāne, Daina Lāce, Elita Grosmane.



On 21 October 2011 Daina Lāce presents the paper Jūgendstila laikmeta dzīvojamo ēku kāpņu telpu gleznojumi Liepājā (Art Nouveau Painted Dwelling House Staircases in Liepāja) at 2nd Bertschy’s Readings Art Nouveau – New Life, New Style within the World Days of Architecture, in the premises of Liepāja State 1st Gymnasium. Art Nouveau paintings in Liepāja, 21 Kuršu Street. Photo: Daina Lāce


On 14–15 October 2011
Kristiāna Ābele participates in an International Conference (Un)blocked Memory: Writing Art History in Baltic Countries, organised by Art Department of Vytautas the Great University in Kaunas in collaboration with Vilnius Academy of Art. Ābele presents the paper The Picture of the Period 1890–1915 in Latvian Art Historical Writing: Ethnocentric Distortions and Ways to Correct Them.

On 4–7 October 2011
Stella Pelše, retired researcher Ruta Čaupova and sculptor Arta Dumpe visit Venice to inspect 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (artist Kristaps Ģelzis representing Latvia) as well as other events of contemporary art on view there.


On 25 September 2011
the members of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre Board (Aleksejs Naumovs, Kristaps Zariņš, Eduards Kļaviņš, Stella Pelše and Māra Ādiņa) arrive in Daugavpils to select artworks from the international open-air workshop Mark Rothko 2011 for the collection of Daugavpils Museum of Local Studies and Art and the catalogue to be published. Board experts also discuss with artists the creative process and take part in the opening of concluding exhibition and visit the Daugavpils Fortress – the future location of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre that is now being reconstructed thanks to European funds.


On 13 September 2011
Anna Ancāne participates in the conference of M.C.A. Böckler – Mare Balticum – Stiftung in Rundāle Palace Museum, presenting the paper Dutch Influences in the Architecture of Riga and Duchy of Courland in the Second half of the 17th Century. Photo: Daina Lāce

On 8 September 2011
Institute of Art History together with colleagues from Art History Department and other interested people visit Riga Stock Exchange building, guided by the architect Liesma Markova, author of the Riga Bourse Museum restoration project. Those present were familiarised with the complex history of transforming the building damaged by fire in 1980, into one of the most beautiful of Riga’s museums. Photo: Elita Grosmane, Rihards Pētersons



On 1–2 September 2011
in Northern German city of Wismar there is the 6th International Congress of Brick Building, participants include Agnese Bergholde, ESF grant holder and PhD student of the Latvian Academy of Art who presents the paper Die neuesten Ergebnisse über den Dom zu Riga. In the case of this event the edition of collected articles Backsteinbaukunst. Band II. Zur Denkmalkultur des Ostseeraums (Bonn: Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz – Monumente Publikationen, 2011) is also published. It contains the articles by Elita Grosmane (Frühe Backsteingotik in Ostbaltischen Raum. Aufkommen und Verbreitung des Backsteins im 13. Jahrhundert im neu gegründeten Riga) and Daina Lāce (Backsteinbaukunst in Riga von der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts bis zum Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts).


On 25 July 2011
Elita Grosmane and Ivo Simsons participate in the 800th anniversary celebration of Riga Dome Cathedral. During the festive event organised by Re&Re Ltd there is the presentation of project Riga Dome Cathedral. Values of Architecture and Art realised within the State Research Program National Identity (Language, Latvian History, Culture and Human Security). Photo: Roberts Vecums, Elita Grosmane



On 4–9 July 2011
Elita Grosmane and PhD student Agnese Bergholde visit Stockholm, Linköping, Vreta and Vadstena. The subject of research visit is medieval architecture and art in Sweden and construction history of Riga Dome Cathedral. The visit is supported by the exchange program between the Latvian Academy of Sciences and Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities. Photo: Elita Grosmane



On June 19–24 2011 German art historian, researcher of medieval art Dr. Ulricke Nürnberger from the University of Kiel visited the Institute of Art History of the Latvian Academy of Art. The aim of her visit was related to the five-volume project (first two volumes have been published so far) „Corpus der mittelalterlichen Holzskulptur und Tafelmalerei in Schleswig Holstein bis 1530“ headed by Professor Dr. Uwe Albrecht. In Riga she examined medieval sculpture in the collections of Latvian National History Museum and Riga Museum of History and Navigation, also there were systematic consultations with Elita Grosmane on the cultural connections between the members of the Hanseatic League. On 23 June Ulricke Nürnberger visited Cēsis Medieval Castle and Church.


On 18 May 2011 Daina Lāce participates in the conference organised by Mentzendorff’s House “We and Our Neighbours” in connection with the International Museum Day, presenting the paper Mazās ģildes ēka un arhitekts Johans Daniels Felsko (1813–1902) (Small Guild House and Architect Johann Daniel Felsko (1813–1902)).

On 17–18 May 2011 Stella Pelše participates in an international conferenceRecuperating the Invisible Past. Perspectives and Ways of Dealing with the Complexity of Art History of the 1960ies – 1980ies in Eastern Europe organised by Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art and held at Goethe-Institut in Riga. Title of her paper: Leftist Conceptualism in Late Soviet Latvia: Ojārs Ābols’ Essays on Art.

On 12–13 May 2011 Stella Pelše and Kristiāna Ābele participate in an International Conference Art during two World Wars in Vilnius, organised by the Department of Art History of the Lithuanian Institute of Culture Research. Their subjects: World War I and its Aftermath in Latvian Artwriting (Stella Pelše) and Out from behind the Fireplace. The Progress of Latvian Self-Assertion in the Art Life during World War I (Kristiāna Ābele). Latvia is also represented at the conference by Eduards Kļaviņš (Latvian Academy of Art) with the paper Patriotic Rhetoric and Grim Realities of World War I in Latvian Art: the Case of Jāzeps Grosvalds and Jānis Kalnačs (Vidzeme University) with the paper Artist in Latvia under Nazi Occupation. War, Occupation, Power.

On 6 May 2011 Kristiāna Ābele receives the diploma of doctoral degree in art history (Dr. art.)

On 30 April – 1 May 2011 Stella Pelše, Elita Grosmane, Kristiāna Ābele, Daina Lāce and the retired colleague Ruta Čaupova visit northern Kurzeme region of Latvia with the aim to photograph the monuments of architecture and art for the history of Latvian art on the internet. The following objects were inspected and documented: Sala St. John’s Church, Pūre Lutheran Church, Kandava Lutheran Church, Sabile Lutheran Church, Ugāle Lutheran Church, Venstpils Museum, Ventspils St. Nicholas Church, Landze Lutheran Church, Piltene Lutheran Church, Pope Lutheran Church, Dundaga Lutheran Church, Dungada Castle, Valdemārpils Lutheran Church, Nurme Lutheran Church, Nurmuiža manor complex.

On 27 April 2011 Daina Lāce participates in the seminar “Issues of Periodisation and Terminology in the Study of 19th Century Architecture and Art” organised by the Doctoral Studies Department of the Latvian Academy of Art. She presented a paper titled Historisma termins vācu mākslas zinātnē (The Term of Historicism in German Art History). 

On 14–16 April 2011 Elita Grosmane visits Bremen where she meets the doctoral student Agnese Bergholde residing in Germany. As a supervisor of her PhD thesis on the architecture and sculptural décor of Riga Dome Cathedral in the 13th – 14th century in the context of medieval analogies, she suggests the final corrections to be made before submitting. They discuss in situ the common and differing traits of Bremen Cathedral, Bremen Church Unser Lieben Frauen and Riga Dome Cathedral.

On 23 March 2011 editors and contributors meet at the opening of the 14th issue of the magazine Art History and Theory.

On 25 February 2011 Daina Lāce and Anna Ancāne receive diplomas of doctoral degrees in art history (Dr. art.).

On 24 February 2011 Kristiāna Ābele defends her PhD thesis Johans Valters at the Latvian Academy of Art. Summary available at:

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