Contemporary sculpture and installation festival Sculpture Quadrennial Riga „Conservatism and Liberalism” will run from September 10th to October 28th. Festival is about to discover fragile border between conservatism and liberalism through events taking place in Riga city and Wagner hall.
Festival will launch on September 10th with the opening of the main exhibition „Being Good” in the historical building of Wagner Hall at 7PM whereas objects in the city will be on view starting from 3PM till the end of the festival in October. The outdoor exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Forum of Contemporary Culture “White Night”.
Covering urban areas and exhibition venues 12th “Sculpture Quadrennial Riga” will open its program on September 10th
“Sculpture Quadrennial Riga” (SQR) is an international contemporary festival focusing on sculpture and installation. Since its founding on 1972 event brings together artists from different countries and backgrounds to reflect on and foster the understanding of globally important topics. SQR will be opened on September 10th and will include two exhibitions, several outdoor installations, conference, networking events and a comprehensive catalogue.
Sustainability and future space (within the context of the tension between conservatism and liberalism)
As one of the largest festivals of contemporary art in the Baltic States and Northern Europe, the Sculpture Quadrennial continues to follow its original concept, namely, to encourage inter cultural communication by shedding light on various cultural barriers and, now in 2016, focusing also on the clash between conservatism and liberalism in both the private and public spheres. The quadrennial creates a platform for looking at ideas from both sides and allows them to exhibit themselves, thereby promoting understanding of the fundamental values that form each side’s identity.
Installation is created in cooperation of Japanese artist Hayashi Yasuhiko and Latvian artist Aigars Bikse. "Interactive installation ONSEN" is based on traditional Japanese hot spring model. "Onsen" in Japanese means hot spring. In Japan hot springs are an important part of culture tradition. Hot springs are warmed and enriched with minerals deep underground. This Japanese tradition is similar to Latvian tradition of sauna. Person immersed in the hot spring water cleanses his physical body and mind. Onsen is gender devided, it means that women and men have seperate hours.