Berlin's artistic couple Eva and Adele visiting ‘Ornamentalism’. Photo: Katrīna Ģelze

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The Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale – la Biennale diVenezia
Ornamentalism. The Purvītis Prize. Latvian Contemporary Art
Arsenale, Tesa 99
May 9 - November 22, 2015

Part of the public diplomacy and culture programme of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the ‘Ornamentalism. Purvītis Prize. Latvian Contemporary Art’ exhibition is featured at the 56th Venice Biennale. This is the first time that a Latvian project has been included in the official Collateral Events Programme of the Venice International Art Exhibition.

The exhibition is based on eight years’ worth of records of the contemporary art process initiated and organised by the Purvītis Prize, the most prestigious of contemporary art awards in Latvia. The curator of the exhibition, the internationally acclaimed art theorist Viktor Misiano has chosen eight of the artists nominated for the Purvītis Prize during the history of the award – the ones who, to him, are the most representative of the trends of thinking and expression in contemporary Latvian art. The exhibition features works by the winners of the Purvītis Prize – Katrīna Neiburga, Kristaps Ģelzis, Andris Eglītis and Miķelis Fišers, as well as by Ieva Epnere, Ģirts Muižnieks, Rimans Korovins and the Orbita group of artists who have all been nominated for the award.

Viktor Misiano (Curator of the Exhibition) and Dace Melbārde (Minister for Culture of the Republic of Latvia)

Daiga Rudzāte (Commissioner of the Exhibition)

Una Meistere (Director of and Agnese Čivle (English Editor of

Ilze Žeivate and Zane Iltnere (Gallery ‘Māksla XO’) and Odrija Fišere (Latvian Editor of