On the 10th of September 2020 doors have opened a new art center in Riga – Zuzeum. This is great news for Riga for few reasons, one is that we still don`t have a permanent Latvian Contemporary art museum.. It is also a place of largest private Latvian art collection in the world, all in one place. Where does this interesting name comes from? This generates from the surname of founders – Dina and Jānis Zuzāni.
The aim of Zuzeum is to popularize Latvian art in an international context, creating a place for negotiations and cultural exchange. The new premises and exhibition halls will make the ever-growing Zuzāni collection available to the general public.
All the art is gathered in a very interesting building, actually a factory, built in 1910 according to the design of the Baltic-German architect and engineer Edmund von Trompovsky. Zuzeum Art Centre is spread over three levels of a renovated building in the complex, with 3000 m² of space dedicated to exhibitions and public programmes.
At the moment up until 8th of November – Exhibition – We Aim to Live. Contemporary Art from the Zuzāns Collection – tickets cost 5 eur
This exhibition features – All the works on display made after 2000, and their authors are 43 artists with different backgrounds and experiences from Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain, Cameroon, South Africa, India, Mexico and the USA.
The exhibition features large-scale works of art – paintings, sculptures and decorative arts – on topics important to modern man and society: identity, technology, aliens, false news, border crossing, nature, roots, escapism, death, loneliness, self-knowledge, hope, salvation.
Here is the web site of Zuzeum for more information.