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21.09. - 16.10.2018. LEONARDS LAGANOVSKIS "The near and the distant"

21.09. - 16.10.2018

Galerija "Māksla XO"

Elizabetes iela 14, Rīga, LV 1010


The near and the distant

Leonards Laganovskis is one of the most visible conceptual artists in Latvia. His works are riddles for the mind that are based on science, literature, memories and associations. Leonards Laganovskis works in different fields of art, like stage design, graphic art, painting, drawing, photography, objects, etc.
In various series of works, the artist has “studied” the influence of the state of stars on significant events in the world. The power of magical thinking is, firstly, in its created conviction that it is possible to simply explain the reasons behind the entire world processes; secondly, in the spirit of this thinking, we are able to explain these processes and sometimes even predict them...

Leonards Laganovskis has studied at the Department of Interior Design and graduated from the Department of Set Design (1979) at the Art Academy of Latvia. The artist has wide international experience and reputation. From 1988 to 1994, he was a resident in Berlin, participating in the local art life, organizing solo exhibitions, as well as taking part in the group exhibitions. He has received various grants and scholarships in Germany, such as Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (1991, Berlin), Culture Senate Berlin (1995) and others.
Leonards Laganovskis works are in the following pubic art collections: Latvia National Museum of Art (Riga, Latvia), Latvian Contemporary Art Museum Collection (Riga, Latvia), Neue Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin, Germany), Kupferstich Kabinett (Bremen, Germany), Kunsthalle Bremen (Bremen, Germany), Reha-Klinik Lubben (Brandenburg, Germany), Artphilein Foundation(Vaduz, Liechtenstein), Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA), Art Museum of Estonia (Tallinn, Estonia), Eesti Pank (Tallinn, Estonia), National Centre for Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia), S.P.Diaghilev Museum of Contemporary Arts (St. Petersburg, Russia).
Leonards Laganovskis lives and works in Riga, Latvia.