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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOver the course of September 6th – October 26th, Art Museum Riga Bourse (Dome Square 6, Riga, Latvia) will be holding a massive exhibition «In Search of Future Art. Voldemārs Matvejs and non-European (African, Pacific, North Asian) Art».

According to representatives of Riga 2014, up until now the public have mostly been presented with Voldemārs Matvejs’ talent as a painter. This is why it has been decided to present the full range of contribution this Latvian painter, theoretic and researcher has had outside of Europe in the early 20th century. He was one of the first researchers in the world to have looked at African, Pacific and North Asian art from an aesthetic point of view.

It is also noted that there have not been many Latvian researchers to have researched cultures of different nations of the world. In spite of his short life, Voldemārs Matvejs managed to publish a book in Russian «The Art of Eastern Island». In 1919, his work «The Negro Art» was finally published. Matvejs’ personality has many legends to it; many of them remain to this day, says Riga 2014.

«Even though it is hard to find answers to many questions, it is even more fascinating to find connections between very different branches of science – art history and entomology. New Guinea plays an important role as a bridge in this regard. Metvejs was never meant to enter this region. Nevertheless, in Paris 1913, in his research of different art stiles of the Pacific, he took photos of Korvar style cut ancestral figures from the Gulf of Papua region of New Guinea.

For the first time ever, Latvians will have a unique chance to have a look at not just the Korvar style figurines, but also other sculptures researched by Matvejs provided by some of the leading museums in Russia, Netherlands and France,» – says the curator of the exhibition Irēna Bužinska.

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