Painters from the Baltic States at “HangART-7”, Salzburg
HangART-7, Edition 19– The Baltic Countries “Tides of Change – New Art from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania” Hangar-7, Salzburg 1 October – 15 November, 2011
On 1 October, in the Hangar -7 pavilion in Salzburg, the 19th edition of the annual group exhibition, HangART -7, was opened; this year, it is devoted to art from the Baltic States. The new generation of contemporary painters participating from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are: Andris Vītoliņš, Andris Eglītis, Daiga Krūze, and Inga Meldere (Latvia); Merike Estna and Tõnis Saadoja (Estonia); Konstantinas Bogdanas, Alina Melnikova, Andrius Zakarauskas and Eglė Ulčickaitė (Lithuania).
Andris Vītoliņš (1975, Latvia). He Moves, 2010
The title of the exhibition, Tides of Change – New Art from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, indicates the region of the Baltic States, which has always been like a secret to Western Europe, an unfamiliar territory somewhere “far away” – an impression that was deeply anchored during the 50 years that the Baltic States were occupied by the USSR and cut off from the rest of the world.
Daiga Krūze (1980, Latvia). The Sky Beyond, 2009
Simon Rees, the co-curator of the exhibition and senior curator at Vilnius' Contemporary Art Center (CAC), says that the selected new painters from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, in large part, developed their talent after the fall of the Soviet Union, when all three countries regained their independence.
Andris Eglītis (1981, Latvia). A painting from the series, “Work on the Land”, 2011
The building, Hangar-7, is a project by the billionaire owner of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz. On the other side of Salzburg's Airport, a glass edifice, reminiscent of a huge beetle, contains three of Mateschitz's favored subjects, all under one roof – fine art, the art of cooking and a passion for flying. The extravagant hangar opened its doors in 2003.
In the spring of 2005, the first HangART-7 featured a new generation of Austrian artists; already the following autumn, the 2nd issue of HangART-7 was on again, this time featuring China. The spacious glass dome at Salzburg Airport regularly holds group showings, exhibiting art from Africa, Mexico, Poland, Russia and Switzerland, as well as featuring separate cities, such as New York, Los Angeles, etc.
Inga Meldere (1979, Latvia). Executioner's Daughter, 2011
HangART-7's long-time curator of exhibition programs was the art historian, Lioba Reddeker (Germany, 1961-2011), who passed away at the end of this summer after a long battle with illness.
Merika Estna (1980, Estonia). Landscape 17, 2011
Tõnis Saadoja (1980, Estonia). Hometown Tallinn No. 62 (watercolor), 2007-2008
Konstantinas Bogdanas (1962, Lithuania). Lawrence Weiner artwork and Austrian National Flag colors mixed together, 2011
Alina Melnikova (1983, Lithuania). Family Portrait, 2011
Egle Ulčikaite (1989, Lithuania). Middle of the Day, 2011s door