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Winner of the 6th Purvītis Prize to be announced on April 12, 2019 0

[prepared in Riga, 14.09.2018]

The dates for the Purvītis Prize 2019 exhibition, the composition of the prize’s international jury, and a list of special events related to the exhibition were announced on September 14, 2018, during the press briefing for Daudzskanis, a large-format sound sculpture by Anna Salmane, Krišs Salmanis and Kristaps Pētersons, in the Cupola Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art.

The winner of the Purvītis Prize 2019 will be announced on April 12, 2019, in a special ceremony at the Zuzeum Art Centre. An exhibition of work by the candidates for the prize will take place in the Great Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art from March 23 until June 9, 2019. The public will also be able to vote for their favourite work of art in the weeks leading up to April 12, with the winner of this popular vote being announced during the Purvītis Prize 2019 ceremony.

Candidates for the Purvītis Prize 2019 will be announced in January 2019. The jury will meet in Riga on April 11, 2019.

As usual, the winner of the prize will be chosen by an international jury consisting of seven professionals. Currently, the following experts have confirmed their participation in the jury:

- Udo Kittelmann, director of the Nationalgalerie (Berlin, Germany)
- Milena Orlova, editor-in-chief of The Art Newspaper Russia (Moscow, Russia)  
- Galila Barzilai Hollander, art collector (Brussels, Belgium)
- Ursula Krinzinger, director and owner of the Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna, Austria)
- Imants Tillers, an Australian artist of Latvian heritage (Cooma, Australia)
- Māra Lāce, director of the Latvian National Museum of Art
- Jānis Zuzāns, patron of the Purvītis Prize and chairman of the board at SIA Alfor

With the goal of introducing the public to the members of the Purvītis Prize 2019 jury, the art portal and the “Indie” cultural projects agency in collaboration with the Latvian National Museum of Art will host a special exhibition from April 10 until May 12. It will feature a part of Galila Barzilai Hollander’s collection of chairs made by artists and will be on show in the 3rd-floor vestibule of the Latvian National Museum of Art. This is one of more than 20 different thematic and conceptual branches of Hollander’s art collection.

The starting point for the exhibition is the ceremonial yet many-sided character of the chair, which has again and again led artists to turn their attention to this seemingly simple and ordinary object. “There is something very basic about the chair; it embodies the idea of coming together. As soon as you enter a room, there’s this invitation: please, sit down! The feeling that you are welcome. The chair is linked very closely with communication,” says Hollander. “The chairs in my collection are absolutely creative objects. Each of them is different and has its own, personal story.” 


The Purvītis Prize is awarded once every two years to an artist or group of artists representing Latvia with an outstanding work of art that is deeply connected with its era and contains a link between contemporary life, spiritual ideals and absolute values. A commission of professional experts nominates candidates for the prize, and the winner is selected by an international jury. The winner of the prize receives EUR 28,500 (incl. taxes). The Purvītis Prize is Latvia’s largest award in the field of visual art.

The Purvītis Prize visual arts competition is organised by the Latvian National Museum of Art in cooperation with museum patron SIA Alfor and the “Indie” cultural projects agency. Also involved in the implementation of the Purvītis Prize are the “Mākslas platforma” association and the “P.R.A.E. Sabiedriskās attiecības” agency.