The working group of Purvītis Prize experts, evaluating the works of the exhibition and artists, has nominated the works of Ēriks Apaļs, Gints Gabrāns, Rasa and Raita Šmitu for the 2021 prize.
According to Natalija Sujunšalijeva, a representative of the Latvian National Museum of Art (LNMM), the experts evaluated the exhibitions and works of art that were on view from January 1 to June 30.
The series of works by the artist Ēriks Apaļs “Siberia (or Tukums – Tomsk)” has been nominated for the Purvītis Prize in the solo exhibition “Family” in the LNMM Great Exhibition Hall.
Substantiating the nomination, Līna Birzaka – Priekule, the exhibition curator of the LNMM Exhibition Hall “Arsenāls”, the director of the Creative Workshop, pointed out that a new series of works “Siberia (or Tukums – Tomska)” was shown in the round solo exhibition “Family”, in which the artist touches personal history page – the deportation of the grandmother to Siberia in the 1940s.
“I believe that the nomination is based on the Round ‘s ability to present personal events as universal signs in its series of paintings, offering a nuanced visual interpretation of the common history of the Second World War through a deeply individual view,” Birzaka – Priekule emphasized.
The exhibition of the artist Gabrāns “Opening of the Grand Final” at the Art Station “Dubulti” has also been nominated for the Purvītis Award.
Birzaka – Priekule, justifying this choice, pointed out that shortly after the lifting of the state of emergency declared in the country, Gabrāns held the “Grand Opening of the Final” at the Art Station “Dubulti”, which acquired a very grotesque mood during the post-pandemic.
“The exhibition shows not only the augmented reality application project” San “created by the artist in recent years, which is already available in many places in Latvia, but also video work and digital prints, supplemented by music by composer Platon Buravick,” said the expert.
Also, the work of Rasa and Wright Schmidt “Atmospheric Forest” in the exhibition “Critical Zones – Earth Policy Observatories” organized by the Art and Media Center “ZKM” in Karlsruhe was nominated for the Purvītis Award 2021.
Andris Teikmanis, Professor and Vice-Rector of Studies and Research at the Latvian Academy of Arts (LAA), has emphasized that the artwork of Rasa Šmite and Raita Šmita is simply the best known example of contemporary landscape art created by virtual technologies. It is aesthetically enriching, meditative, allows you to regain lost harmony, balance and peace.
In total, experts nominated eight art events during this period, including Aigars Bikše’s sculptures “Doctors for the World”, Roman Korovin’s exhibition “The Road between the Pine and the Bush”, Ieva Kraule Kuna’s and Anna Bernarde’s exhibition “Greetings on March 8”, Francesca Kirke’s exhibition “fragility / fragile”, Skuja Braden exhibition “Samsara”.
From January 1, 2019 to the end of December 2020, the Purvītis Prize expert working group includes the exhibition curator of the LNMM Exhibition Hall “Arsenāls”, the director of the Creative Workshop Līna Birzaka-Priekule, art historian, editor-in-chief of the publishing house “Neputns” Laima Slava, Latvian Art Academy Professor and Vice-Rector for Studies and Research Andris Teikmanis, philosopher Kārlis Vērpe and founder and director of the gallery “Careva” Alise Careva.
From July 1, 2019, curator Elīna Sproģe has started working in the team of experts. She replaced the curator, art theorist Kaspars Vanags. From January 1, 2020, Solvita Krese, a curator, art historian and head of the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, has started working in the team of experts. She replaced art scientist, curator Ieva Kalniņš.
The Purvītis Award was founded at the beginning of 2008 and is presented every two years. Katrīna Neiburga received the first Purvītis Award in 2009 for the video work “Solitude”. The artist Kristaps Ģelzis became the winner of the second Purvītis Prize in 2011 as a solo exhibition “Maybe”. The third Purvītis Prize was won by Andris Eglītis in February 2013 for the solo exhibition “Earthworks”, the fourth Purvītis Prize in 2015 was presented to Miķelis Fišers for the solo exhibition “Injustice”, while the fifth Purvītis Prize was awarded in February 2017 by Krišs Salmanis, Anna for the work “Song”. In April 2019, Ieva Epnere received the sixth Purvītis Prize for her work “Sea of Living Memories”.