About the Competition-Exhibition “Riga Smiles”

The name of the exhibition is “Smiling Riga”. It is comprised of projects whose au-thors are taking part in the competition. The layouts and 3D visualizations of all the artists’ works apply to potential large-format works of art which could remain as part of Riga’s urban environment – subject to the possibility of the projects actually being created in practice. Rīga would only stand to benefit from such art, because from an artistic perspective, it is high-quality, intelligent, interesting, anecdotal and good-natured. It could genuinely induce broad smiles of surprise among Rigans and visitors to the city.

The prototype for the exhibition and the project as a whole is “Venus of Willendorf in the 21st Century”, a sculpture created by the emerging artist and 2012 Art Academy of Latvia Master’s studies graduate, Brigita Zelča-Aispure, which delights people passing by the Art Academy of Latvia’s frontal façade. The artists taking part in this competition-exhibition are Liene Mackus, Krišs Salmanis, Ēriks Božis, Andris Breže, Ojārs Pētersons, Kristaps Ģelzis, Brigita Zelča-Aispure, Armands Zelčs, Leonards Laganovskis, Aigars Bikše, Kaspars Podnieks and Andris Eglītis.

The philanthropist Boris Teterev, whose Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation is sup-porting this exhibition, longs to see a colourful Riga full of artistic objects, which prompt people to pause spontaneously and be photographed next to them.

This exhibition is being organised in collaboration with the Art Academy of Latvia, because the exhibition’s curator wishes to use this project as the platform for an aca-demic pilot project to be commenced during the next teaching year – studies for future curators, which are planned as part of the AAL’s long-term strategy, which was also devised with the support of the Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation.

The exhibition “Smiling Riga” is the concluding event of the Teterev Foundation supported art festival TÊTE-À-TÊTE IN 20 EPISODES which took place in Riga from the start of May to early June.

Exhibition Curator – AAL Lecturer Helēna Demakova

  • Competition Jury

    The jury of the competition for the Riga Smiles project worked in the beginning of June 2013.
    The jury was comprised of:
    Ināra Tetereva, patron
    Boriss Teterevs, patron
    Māra Lāce, director of the LNMA
    Juris Dambis, head of the State Cultural Monuments Protection Inspectorate
    Kristaps Zariņš, prorector of the Latvian Academy of Art
    Helēna Demakova, art scientist and curator of the Riga Smiles exhibition

  • Photos from the Riga Smiles exhibition opening