The Purvītis Prize decennial celebrations will open with sculptor Gļebs Panteļejevs’ exhibition
Translated by Laima Ruduša
Photo: Kristīne Madjare
Sculptor Gļebs Panteļejevs’ exhibition “Where did you get that?” (Kur tu to ņēmi?), organized by the art and culture website Arterritory.com in collaboration with Gallery Park Hotel and the Purvītis Prize, will be on view at the Gallery Park Hotel (Kr. Valdemāra street 7) from February 10th – March 12th. At the root of the exhibition “Where did you get that?” stands Gļebs Panteļejevs’ past exhibition “Ornithology” (Ornitoloģija) that the artist presented directly opposite the hotel at the Latvian National Museum of Art, and for which he was nominated for the Purvītis Prize in 2013, among a list of eight nominees. At that time, the Purvītis Prize experts endorsed his exhibition "Ornithology" by describing the artist as a pronounced representative of the 21st century intellectual Postmodernism, characterized by his amazing awareness of materials and his virtuosity in sculpture, which is used to provoke the viewer to think and challenge standardized perceptions. Gļebs Panteļejevs’ artworks continue to do that to this day, this time exhibited in an unusual and untraditional setting - the interior of the Gallery Park Hotel.
At some point answering an Arterritory.com question, about why is he engaged in the arts, Gļebs Panteļejevs stated: "It’s incredibly interesting. Art is able to convert existential loneliness into happiness." Hotel guests are offered the unique opportunity to spend time with Gļebs Panteļejevs’ creations, in this intellectual, emotional and energetic dialogue while also learning about themselves.
The opening of the exhibition “Where did you get that?” is a starting point for the largest art prize in the Baltics, the Purvītis Prize decennial celebrations, which will culminate on February 17th, when the Purvītis Prize 2017 award winner will be announced in a notable ceremony at the Latvian National Museum of Art. An exhibition of this year’s eight nominees (Arturs Bērziņš, Ivars Drulle, Kristaps Epners, Atis Jākobsons, Voldemārs Johansons, Maija Kurševa, Anda Lāce and artist group: Krišs Salmanis, Anna Salmane, Kristaps Pētersons) will also open on the same day, and will remain on view until April 9th in the museum’s large hall.