On 9 December 2012 the opening of the book „Pirmais Rīgas pilsētas arhitekts Johans Daniels Felsko (1813–1902)” (The First Riga City Architect Johann Daniel Felsko (1813–1902)) by Daina Lāce takes place in the Luther’s Hall of St. Gertrude’s Church in Riga.
On 30 November 2012 the 19th Boris Wipper Memorial Conference “Patrons, Commissioners and Art Market in Latvian Art History” is held at the Latvian Academy of Art. Among the participants were Elita Grosmane (Pasūtītāji un patronāts Latvijas viduslaiku mākslā / Commissioners and Patrons in Latvia’s Medieval Art), Anna Ancāne (Pasūtītāji un meistari Rīgas dzīvojamo ēku arhitektūras un mākslas tirgū 17. gs. beigās un 18. gs. sākumā / Commissioners and Masters in Riga’s Dwelling House Architecture and Art Market in the Late 17th – Early 18th Century), Imants Lancmanis (Kurzemes hercogs Pēteris kā mākslas kolekcionārs, pasūtītājs un mecenāts / Peter the Duke of Courland as Art Collector, Commissioner and Patron), Inese Kundziņa (18. un 19. gs. krāsotie un polihromi rotātie priekšmeti latviešu tautas mākslā. Pasūtītāju un otnieku jautājums / Painted and Polychrome Objects in Latvian Ethnographic Heritage in the 18th and 19th Century. The Issue of Commissioners and Painters), Edvarda Šmite (Mākslas tirgus Kurzemē 19. gs. 50. – 80. gados: Gleznotāja Jūliusa Dēringa pieredze Jelgavā no 1846. līdz 1888. gadam / Art Market in Courland in the 1850s–1880s: Painter Julius Döring’s Experience in Jelgava from 1846 to 1888), Daina Lāce (Uzcelt ēku un iekārtot baznīcu – ko tas maksāja 19. gadsimtā? / To Build a House and Arrange a Church – How Much Did it Cost in the 19th Century?), Silvija Grosa (Arhitektu privātnami Rīgā 19. un 20. gs. mijā: Projektētājs un pasūtītājs / Architects’ Private Houses in Riga on the Threshold of the 19th and 20th Century: Designer and Commissioner), Kristiāna Ābele (Latvijas jauno mākslinieku darbu pasūtītāji un īpašnieki 19. gs. beigās un 20. gs. sākumā: Kopainas rekonstrukcijas mēģinājums / Commissioners and Owners of Latvia’s Young Artists’ works in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century: An Attempt to Reconstruct the General Scene), Eduards Kļaviņš (Mākslinieku ekonomiskās nišas Latvijas Republikā 1918–1940 / Artists’ Economic Prospects in the Republic of Latvia 1918–1940), Stella Pelše (Nauda un mākslas vērtība starp divām krīzēm: Mākslinieku ekonomiskā stāvokļa atbalsis presē 20. gs. 20. gados un 30. gadu sākumā / Money and Artistic Value Between Two Crises: Echoes of Artists’ Economical Conditions in the Press during the 1920s and Early 1930s), Jānis Kalnačs (Īpašnieku prasības jau sen nav mērenas jeb katram pa Padega darbam vairs nesanāk / Owners’ Wishes Are No Longer Modest Or Works by Padegs are not Available for Everyone) and Māra Lāce (Purvīša balva /Purvītis Prize).
The papers presented will be published in the edition of collected articles.
On 10 November 2012 in Riga St. Gertrude’s Church, Daina Lāce presents the contribution of Riga City architect Johann Daniel Felsko to the designing and construction of this church; in the Art and Music Department of Riga Central Library, Elita Grosmane tells about the collaborative experience between the Institute of Art History of the Latvian Academy of Art and various institutions in Germany. The events are organised by the Latvian student online resource “StudentNet” within the series of meetings titled “Restarting Roots: I know German”.
On 25 October 2012 leading researcher Elita Grosmane participates in the seminary “Mīts mākslā. Transformācijas un adaptācijas aspekti” (Myth in Art. Aspects of Transformation and Adaptation) of doctoral studies program at the Latvian Academy of Art, presenting the paper “Mitoloģiska satura mākslas darbu interpretācija. Latvijas piemērs” (Interpretation of Mythological Artworks. The Case of Latvia).
On 17 October 2012 Institute Director Prof. Eduards Kļaviņš introduces the one-painting exhibition „Portrait of Jānis Akuraters” (1917) by Konrāds Ubāns within in „The Case in the Cafe” series at the restaurant „Kitchen” premises.
In September–October 2012 three editions of collected articles have been published, including publications by the leading researcher Stella Pelše:
- Kreisais konceptuālisms vēlīnajā padomju Latvijā: Ojāra Ābola raksti par mākslu = Leftist Conceptualism in Late Soviet Latvia: Ojārs Ābols’ Essays on Art // Atsedzot neredzamo pagātni = Recuperating the Invisible Past / Comp. and ed. by Ieva Astahovska. – Rīga: Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2012. – Pp. 126–137.
- (together with Krista Kodres and Giedrė Mickūnaitė) Cultures of Interruptions. Art History in the Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania // Art History and Visual Studies in Europe: Transnational Discourses and National Frameworks. Ed. by Matthew Rampley, Thierry Lenain, Hubert Locher, Andrea Pinotti, Charlotte Schoell-Glass & Kitty Zijlmans. – Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2012. – Pp. 249–274.
- Latvian Art Historians as Critics and Theoreticians: Art’s Values and Developments in the Inter-war Period // History of Art History in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Vol. 2 / Ed. by Jerzy Malinowski. – Toruń: Tako, 2012. – Pp. 73–79.
On 9 October 2012 the Art and Music Department of Riga Central Library organised a meeting with readers from the series “Restarting Roots: I Know German”. Institute’s leading researcher Kristiāna Ābele took part in the event, telling about her research experience in Germany while working on the monograph about the painter Johann Walter (Riga: Neputns, 2009). Photo: Daina Lāce
On 24–25 September 2012 concluding events of the annual international open-air workshop “Mark Rothko 2012” took place in Daugavpils. On 24 September the conference “Rothko Readings: Contemporary Art and Creative Industries” was organised at Daugavpils University within Latvia-Lithuania Cross-Border Cooperation Programme supported by European Regional Development Fund. At the conference Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre Board member Stella Pelše presented the paper “Contemporary Art in Latvia – Origins and the Present”. On 25 September two other Rothko Art Centre Board members Kristaps Zariņš and Eduards Kļaviņš came to Daugavpils to select artworks from the workshop exhibition for the Rothko Art Centre collection and exhibition catalogue. Board experts held discussions with artists, gave interviews to mass media and took part in the exhibition opening, also inspecting the final stage of reconstruction works in the Daugavpils Fortress – future location of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre due to open in September 2013. Photo: Stella Pelše, Eduards Kļaviņš.
In September 2012 Latvian Academy of Sciences has published the United All-Latvian Scientists’ 3rd Congress and Letonica 4th Congress (24-27 October 2011) materials of plenary sessions. They include the overview of the section “Latvian Visual Arts in the European Context” (pp. 118-121) by the section Chair Elita Grosmane.
On 14 September 2012 the conference dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Academician Harald Juliuss von Bosse, architect of Riga Bourse, took place at the Art Museum “Riga Bourse”. Daina Lāce presented the paper “Rīgas Birža Eiropas 19. gadsimta arhitektūras kontekstā”(Riga Bourse in the Context of European 19th Century Architecture).
On 11 April 2012 the opening of Professor Nils Blomkvist’s 65 jubilee edition “The Image of the Baltic: A Festschrisft for Nils Blomkvist” (ed. by Michael F. Scholz, Robert Bohn, Carina Johansson. Visby: Gotland University Press 10, 2012) took place in Visby (Gotland, Sweden). The collection is based on the Gotland University Baltic Rim seminar “The Image of the Baltic – a Thousand-Years’ Perspective.” The edition includes the article „Architektonische und künstlerische Verbindungen zwischen Visby und Riga im 13. Jahrhundert“ (pp. 41-51) by Elita Grosmane.
On 6 March 2012 the Institute of Art History invites to the launching of the new collection “Personality in the Processes of Art” (edited by Kristiāna Ābele, initiated by Ruta Čaupova) at the Latvian Academy of Art at 4.00 p. m. The volume is published in the series “Materials for Latvian Art History” in collaboration with the Neputns Publishers.
On 1 March 2012 an official event was organised in St. Peter’s Church in Riga in connection with the return of artefacts moved to Poland during World War II – the lectern by Jelgava woodcarver Tobias Heintz (1589-1653) donated to St. Trinity Church in 1617 and formerly located in the Kurzeme Province Museum in Jelgava, and the seven-branched bronze candlestick (1596) from St. Peter’s Church by the Riga master Hans Meier. Return of these cultural artefacts illegally taken out of the Latvian territory was initiated by the Director of the Institute of Art History Elita Grosmane. From 2003 to 2006 all the necessary documents were prepared to start the takeover procedure.
More information at: Elita Grosmane. Vēsturisko kultūras parādu nokārtošana // Kultūras Diena. 2011. No. 47. 16 December.
In January 2012 Stella Pelše receives the letter of invitation from the Oxford University Press to rewrite and update the entry on the art of Latvia for the reference source Grove Art Online, the digital extension of the prestigious encyclopaedia Dictionary of Art in 34 vols. (Ed. J. Turner, New York: Grove, 1996).