2013

Event series CHRISTMAS IN ART NOUVEAU STYLE , 27.11.2013


Ambassador Andris Razāns Opens Exhibition “Rīga and Washington: Comparing Art Nouveau and Spanish Style in Private Homes” , 17.09.2013


Exhibition of Henry Clemens Van de Velde, 04.06.2013


Riga Art Nouveau Museum presents an exposition – THE NEWLY GAINED OBJECT – that exhibits a collection of items donated in 2012., 11.03.2013


Exhibition of Henry Clemens Van de Velde

On 3 April 2013 the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Clemens Van de Velde was celebrated. In 1910, when he was 47, he was invited to enter an architectural competition for the creation of a St. Peter’s Church parsonage and inclusive housing in Riga. At that time Van de Velde, who was then working at the school in Weimar that later became the renowned Bauhaus School of Architecture, was experiencing a swing in his approach of architecture. The Riga project would have remained a minor occurrence, if it had not popped up twice in the myth surrounding Van de Velde. It is these two instances that have inspired this exhibition.
The first time the Riga project appears is in a most famous photo showing the master at work in his Weimar studio while he is designing the plans of the parsonage.
The second reference can be found in his Geschichte meines Lebens where he describes his trips to Riga as a typical example of an experience of cultural confrontation which has not yet lost its topical interest. The photos by Alnis Stakle on view in this exhibition try to illustrate this controversial story of ‘honest’ beauty which Van de Velde appealed to.

The building was built in 1912 on Valnu street 22 in Riga, during Second World War the building was destroyed.
In occation of this exhibition the model of the building was made.
In cooperation with the H.M. Mr Frank Arnauts - Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Latvia, Mr. Koen Haverbeke, Representative of the Flemish Government, and University of Gente, VG Kvadra Pak,Jaga, Deltalight, Vandersanden group,Flanders Road Service, Institute of Goethe in Latvia, The State Culture Capital Foundation, The National Library of Latvia, The Library of the University of Latvia, the exhibition is created by Sampling, curator Manten Devriendt, photographer Alnis Stakle, work group: Liene Jākobsone, Kārlis Narkēvičs, Jonas Apers, Prof. dr. Maarten Van Den Driessche, Prof. dr. Dirk De Meyer, Riga Art Nouveau Centre.
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