The Centre for Art Management and Information (MMIC) in cooperation with VAS “Latvijas Dzelzsceļš” (LDz) presents the new catalogue opening festivity (from the exhibition “The Train hasn’t gone yet”), which will take place in the bookstore and the point of intersection – “1/4 Satori” (Lāčplēša street 31) on Thursday, December 2, at 6 P.M.

In the catalogue are all in the exhibition displayed work reproductions and in the railway stations exposed writer poses and poetry-works. The Catalogue also includes historical view on the railway section “Rīga-Dubulti” railway stations by LDz attorney Toms Altbergs and also an essay “Up to station and back” by social anthropologist Viesturs Celmiņš, in which the Author controverts about development of the train station functions and its mutations.


Deliberately for this catalogue all writers of this project dedicated small essays for eight train stations, in its turn, all the artists gave their art work conceptions, informs MMIC.

The catalogue of the exhibition called “The Train hasn’t gone yet” is constructed not just as a visual and informative material about the exhibition that already has happened – the Authors are trying to continue the discussion “in today’s culture space context – about train station social and cultural functions”.

The exhibition took place at the railway station section: Rīga –Torņakalns – Zasulauks – Imanta – Lielupe – Dzintari – Majori – Dubulti, during August 14 till November 1st. In this project participates eight Latvian artists – Kirils Panteļejevs, Voldemārs Johansons, Kristaps Gulbis, Aigars Bikše, Edgars Ošs, Izolde Cēsniece-Suipe, Ginters Krumholcs, Asnāte Bočkis and eight writers – Inga Žolude, Laima Muktupāvela, Inga Ābele, Jānis Rokpelnis, Arvis Viguls, Eduards Aivars, Uldis Bērziņš un Gundars Ignats.

Hereby starting in the 20th century with the passenger-train-transport, the railway stations fulfilled both – social and cultural functions, which were kind of centres, where people gathered around, communicated, lingered in cafés and acquainted with the latest news and announcements in daily newspapers. “Within the private motor vehicle popularity increment, the train, as mean of conveyance, were used constantly rarely, thereby the railway stations started to lapse their active social and cultural meaning. Today we can see theirs discoloured being – the technical and visual state of railway station premises are bad, unattractive and neglected, that’s why people are avoiding from dwelling there. Those hurry to occupy just some small booking-offices and dreary small shops” notifies the Organizers of this project.

With the art-project “The Train hasn’t gone jet” the Organizers want to inform the society about these railway stations and about social and cultural functions that they have fulfilled in early times. “We’re trying to upgrade the atmosphere in these historically important stops by placing into those stops especially for this project made artworks and essays, accordingly trying to overcome this big, wide breach, which has developed between most of the society and art in today’s cultural-space”, informs MMIC.