Antony Gormleys: Standing Matter. Kivik Art Centre. Photo: Gerry Johansson

Art in Public Spaces. The Responsibility of the Curator and the Collector 0

On February 20, 2015, at 11.00 AM, in the Conference Hall of the Art Museum Riga Bourse (address: Doma laukums 6, Old Town; 3rd floor), in connection with the “Purvītis Prize 2015”, the organizers of the Purvītis Prize and the internet website invite all interested parties to listen to a series of lectures on the theme of “Art in Public Spaces. The Responsibility of the Curator and the Collector”, and to participate in the public discussion afterwards.

The core subject of this event is the role of art in creating the image of a public space, and how this combination influences public perception and quality of life. As one of the event's participants, Sune Nordgren, stated in an interview with “Art has an essential role in our survival.”

The scheduled speakers at the event are recognized environmental art professionals from Scandinavia, the Baltics, and Russia:

Sune Nordgren (Sweden/Norway) – former director of the National Museum for Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway; founding director of the influential BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, UK); curator of the art collections found in the design hotels (e.g., Oslo's The Thief) of businessman and art collector Petter Stordalen; longterm and persistent promoter of the Kivik Art Centre's art and architecture park in Sweden. Read in Archive: An Interview with Sune Nordgren

Kęstutis Kuizinas (Lithuania) – Director and curator of the Vilnius Contemporary Art Center (CAC), the largest contemporary art space in the Baltics; Kuizins will speak about how he and his colleagues expand their art space beyond the already-impressive 2400 m2 of indoor space belonging to CAC. Read in Archive: An Interview with Kęstutis Kuizinas

Olesya Turkina (Russia) – a leading instructor of long-standing at the School for Young Artists in St. Petersburg; Turkina will speak on the curator's role in promoting art and educating the public.

Indrek Kasela (Estonia) –  Businessman, supporter of culture, art collector and co-owner of Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn's most active and ambitious art gallery. Kasela's lecture is titled “Corporative Social Responsibility and Art Collecting from an Institutional Viewpoint”.

The event “Art in Public Spaces” will be emceed by Kaspars Vanags – art-and-culture theoretician and curator; Vanags will be curating Latvia's exhibit, “Icons”, at this year's 56th Venice Biennale.

Entrance to the event is free of charge. All lectures will be given in English.

Due to limited space, we request that you inform us of your attendance by sending an e-mail to

We would like to remind you that the winner of the Purvītis Prize 2015 will be announced on February 20, at 6:00 PM, during the opening of the exhibition featuring the eight nominees, to be held at the “Arsenāls” exhibition hall of Latvia's National Museum of Art.

This event is taking place thanks to support from “Alfor” Ltd. and the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) program.