For the second time in a row, Riga's “Māksla XO” (Art XO) gallery was invited to participate in Berlin's contemporary art fair, PREVIEW BERLIN 2011 – THE EMERGING ART FAIR, which is held annually at the historic Templehof airport (1923); this year it took place from 9-11 September.
PREVIEW BERLIN was established in 2005 with the goal of showing the international public the trends and happenings going on in current European art. After all of the invitations and applications have been confirmed, PREVIEW BERLIN – The Emerging Art Fair annually exhibits the works of about 60 artists from 10 countries. This year, however, there were galleries from 19 countries – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA.
In 2010, the gallery “Māksla XO” participated in the PREVIEW BERLIN fair with Kristaps Ģelzis' solo show, “Manufactured Peace II”, which, after its presentation in Riga, was nominated for the 2011 Purvītis Award. The exposition was also highly regarded by REVIEW BERLIN exhibition curators and art critics and was even highlighted in the press.
“Māksla XO's ” exposition at PREVIEW BERLIN 2011 consisted of a collection of works on paper by selected artists, revealing various points of view in Latvia's contemporary art scene through the mediums of graphic arts, photography, video and installations (Guntars Sietiņš, Kaspars Podnieks, Tatjana Krivenkova and Kristaps Ģelzis).
A look at the “Māksla XO” gallery's stand and its set-up: