15.11. - 03.12.2013. ROZA / PINK

15.11.2013. - 03.12.2013.

Galerija "Māksla XO"

Elizabetes iela 14, Rīga, LV 1010

Iveta Laure "Pink Addict" 2013


Maksla XO gallery 15.11 – 03.12.2013

“La vie en rose” – to celebrate the gallery’s 14th anniversary, “Māksla XO” is opening the exhibition PINK.

The eccentric idea for a pink exhibition came from the book by Barbara Nemitz “Pink – The Exposed Color in Contemporary Art and Culture” (2006).

The qualities we associate with the pastel colour pink are quite diverse. Virtually no other spectrum of neighboring shades covers a comparable range of culturally encoded qualities, from the delicate, sweet and sublime to the romantic and erotic, and even the vulgar and obscene. The color is at home in both “high” and “low” culture. Pink is one of those colours that clearly influence our behavior.

Pink is fleeting, not only as a colour that symbolises both the beginning and the end of the day. This quality is evident in nature too, wherever pink appears as the colour of blossoms. The processes of blooming and withering pass as quickly as the change of day. Through its associations with the transient nature of life, pink relates to the themes of Romantic art.

Pink makes everything look more beautiful. That is the phenomenon of the colour pink. In this aspect the slogan “Think Pink” arose in United States in the fifties. Pink also represents emancipation from the burdens of reality and traditional norms.

Thinking about the unified colouring in Latvian art, pink isn’t that characteristic. However, since the beginning of the 20th century, stylistic and fashion trends have also influenced Latvian artists.  Pink comes into the works of V. Purvītis, J. Rozentāls and J. Valters; it became an indispensable part of the paintings by J. Grosvalds, Ģ. Eliass, A. Beļcova, K. Ubāns, R. Pinnis and L. Mauriņš. Pink also plays a significant role in the work of contempory Latvian artists, as can be seen in the 23 artworks on show in the exhibition PINK - Anna Heinrihsone, Džemma Skulme, Frančeska Kirke, Ginters Krumholcs, Ģirts Muižnieks, Helēna Heinrihsone, Ivars Heinrihsons, Ieva Iltnere, Ilze Avotiņa, Iveta Laure, Kaspars Zariņš, Kristaps Zariņš, Kristaps Ģelzis, Kirils Panteļejevs, Kristīna Keire, Michel Castaigne, Otto Zitmanis, Paula Zariņa, Pius Fox, Tatjana Krivenkova, Vineta Kaulača, Vija Zariņa, Zane Iltnere.