Art Roundup – April 2014

Visvaldis Ziediņš

Daylight savings time kicked a while ago and I’m groggily looking up examples of art exhibition for this April roundup. There won’t be too many, as you can imagine…

  1. There is an exhibition of art depicting Tatar and Bashkir mythological heroes at Beloretsk’s picture gallery. The exhibition, titled Shurale, runs till May 10. Where is Beloretsk? It’s in Bashkortostan. Do visit.
  2. A few days after his nineteenth birthday, the Latvian artist Visvaldis Ziediņš (1942-2007) wrote in his diary: ‘I’ll never show anyone my pictures, and or ever take part in an exhibition‘, a resolution he stuck to throughout his life. Hardly anyone saw his paintings while he lived, and the first exhibition of his works only appeared after his death. Now the Estonian Museum of Art (KUMU) in Tallinn is where you need to go to see Ziediņš’ pictures: Rewriting Latvian Art History. The exhibition runs till June 15, 2014.
  3. The Vilnius Picture Gallery holds a continuing exhibition of the country’s national art from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
  4. The Istanbul gallery Güneş in Sisli holds an exhibition of Circassian art. This year is the 150th anniversary of the Russian expansionist wars in the Caucasus and the great dispersion of the Circassian peoples into the Ottoman empire. The exhibition runs till April 10, 2014. Hurry!

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