Parallel Chronologies. Invisible History of Exhibitions

Exhibition, 18 May – 4 June 2011
Opening: 17 May, 6:30 pm
Riga City Art Space, Intro Hall, Kungu street 3, Old Town, Riga, Latvia

The exhibition investigates exhibitions as a cultural phenomenon and a genre in its own right, focusing on the period determined by the state socialisms of the Eastern European region. The exhibition will offer insight into significant but now less known events in Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, displaying parallels and differences between them.

The research project Parallel Chronologies, launched by the contemporary art initiative, is dealing with post-war Eastern European art exhibitions and events between the 1960s and 1980s. Mapping, studying and generating curatorial and artistic practices and methodologies, the project presents an international network of professional relationships, documents of exhibitions, events, and art spaces instead of the mere display of artworks from the period. Parallel Chronologies has been presented so far as an exhibition in Budapest in 2009, and in Karlsruhe in 2010.

In Riga Parallel Chronologies will present five expositions; from Hungary these are How Art Becomes Public (curators Dora Hegyi and Zsuzsa Laszlo) and Other Revolutionary Traditions (curator Sandor Hornyik). From Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia it will present archive material about selected exhibitions, performances, happenings and other activities that affected common understanding of art and exhibition as a medium (curators Ieva Astahovska, Dovile Tumpytė, Mari Laanemets).

The exhibition is part of the international cooperation project Recuperating the Invisible Past, which was coordinated by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art and focuses on the ‘revision’ of the Socialist period in the arts and culture legacy of the former Eastern Europe from a contemporary perspective. The international partners of the project are: in Budapest, the Art History Institute at the Tallinn Art Academy, the Vilnius National Art Gallery and the Art Institute Wyspa in Gdansk.

For more information on the exhibition, click here.

Organized by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA)
Co-produced by: Riga Art Space

Perspectives and ways of dealing with the complexity of art history of the 1960s–1980s in Eastern Europe
Conference, 17 & 18 May 2011, 9 am – 5:30 pm
Goethe Institute, Torna street 1A (entrance Klostera street), Old Town, Riga

The conference Recuperating the Invisible Past will focus on the most recent understanding and approaches of writing and translating modernist and neo-avant-garde art from the 1960s – 1980s in Eastern Europe. It will introduce contemporary interpretations of parallel histories of East and West European art and will present case studies where canonized narratives of art will be challenged. Among the speakers: Dora Hegyi, Vit Havranek and Piotr Piotrowski. The detailed programme of the conference can be found here.

ERSTE Foundation is the main partner of tranzit.