Photoreport: The opening of the Israeli art exhibition “Dreams and Dramas”


Photo: Agnija Grigule, Kristīne Madjare

On October 6, the exhibition Dreams and Dramas, organized by the art and culture publishers, opened at the forthcoming ZUZEUM Art Center at Lāčplēša iela 101. The curator of the exhibition is Roy Brand, a philosopher and lecturer at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem who designed the project by bringing together works created by one generation of Israeli artists – creators who go against the status quo in terms of logic, norms and good taste as they look for new ways to realize their ideals. In the exhibition we see the dreams and dramas of the following artists: Porat Salomon, Dor Guez, Nir Hod, Guy Zagursky, Noa Eshkol, Avner Ben-Gal, Sagit Mezamer, Erez Israeli, Keren Yeala Golan, Marik Lechner, Daniel Kiczales, Eitan Ben-Moshe, Sigalit Landau, and Yehudit Sasportas. Many of the featured artists were present at the show’s opening and mingled among the well-sized crowd that had assembled that evening. Special guests who had traveled to Riga specifically for the opening included Tel Aviv art collectors Noemi Givon, Nurit Wolf, and Emma Zilber; gallerist Volker Diehl from Berlin; and architect Rafi Elbaz from New York. Also present at the celebration was the exhibition’s benefactor, the Riga-born businessman, collector and art patron Leon Zilber, as well as an abundance of prominent figures from the Latvian contemporary art scene – artists, curators, gallerists and others.

The exhibition Dreams and Dramas will be on view at the forthcoming ZUZEUM Art Center through November 5. Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 12:00-18:00; Friday and Saturday 12:00-20:00. Guided tours are available on Saturdays at 12:00 and 15:00, and Sundays at 12:00.

Individual works from the exhibition can be seen at other Riga locations – the Latvian National Museum of Art, the Art Academy of Latvia, the Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia in Torņakalns, the Latvian Academy of Culture, and in the cafés Kolekcionārs, Vest, and Rocket Bean Roastery

The exhibition is created as a special project for Riga, initiated and sponsored by the Riga-born businessman and patron of the arts, Leon Zilber.

From the left: Elita Gavele, Roy Brand, Una Meistere, Daiga Rudzāte, Porat Salomon, Marik Lechner, Eitan Ben-Moshe, Keren Yeala-Golan

Roy Brand, Curtor of the exhibition, and Una Meistere, Director of 

From the left: Una Meistere, Director of, and Daiga Rudzāte, Editor in Chief of 

From the left: the exhibition’s benefactor, collector and art patron Leon Zilber; Una Meistere and 

From the left: art collector Emma Zilber, and Roy Brand

In the center: artist Sigalit Landau

Artist Erez Israeli and Astrīda Rogule (Senior Curator of the Contemporary Art Collection at the Latvian National Museum of Art)

From the left: Una Meistere, Daiga Rudzāte and Martins Vizbulis, architect of the exhibition

From the left: artist Avner Ben-Gal, and art collectors Nurit Wolf and Noemi Givon

Art collectors and patrons Jānis Zuzāns and Dina Zuzāne

Emma Zilber and Leon Zilber

From the left: artist Avner Ben-Gal, curator Roy Brand, and artist Nir Hod

Architect Rafi Elbaz

Artist Keren Yeala-Golan

Fashion designers Mārīte Mastiņa-Pēterkopa and Rolands Pēterkops, and Russian Editor of, Sergej Timofejev

Artist Porat Salomon

In the center: the Latvian Minister of Culture, Dace Melbārde

Jānis Zuzāns and curator Helēna Demakova

Artists Guy Zagursky and Eitan Ben-Moshe

In the center: English Editor of, 

In the center: Latvian Editor of, 

Social Media Editor of, Agnija Grigule

From the right: Anastasia Blokhina, Executive Director of the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA), galerist Volker Diehl and Olga Sivel, Biennial Coordinator, RIBOCA

From the left: curator Helēna Demakova, and art collectors Irina Vītola and Māris Vītols

In the center: the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to the State of Israel, Elita Gavele

In the center: Agniya Mirgorodskaya, Founding Director, Riga Biennial Foundation (RIBOCA)

Artist Kristians Brekte, Author of, 

Author of, 

Editor-in-Chief of fashion and style magazine Pastaiga, Inita Saulīte-Zandere

Mairita Brice

Fashion designer Bruno Birmanis