On the August 29th, at 6:00 PM the grand opening of “Sculpture Quadrennial Riga 2008 – Dictatorship of the Majority” will take place in the experimental lab “Pink House” (in “Spīķeri”). A small and peculiar traffic buss will take off on 4:00 PM from “Pink House”, carrying in it Latvian and foreign artists, attorneys of jury, the main organizers of quadrennial – Kristaps Gulbis and Aigars Bikše together with attorney of mass media. They will take a small, offhand tour to look at all the objects that are installed in Rigaenvironment within the framework of this project.


At the exhibition of Sculpture Quadrennial Riga 2008 in Riga public space, mainly in suburb of Latgale (one of districts in Riga) will be viewable 15 artworks, which are chosen from 302 works (submitted in spring) by the jury. Jury this time consists from ordinary people not from professionals – Kristaps Ezeriņš, Ļubova Fintjugova, Aiga Freimane, Jānis Hadkevics, Eva Ikstena, Jānis Kārlis Krievs, Andrejs Ļebedevs, Viktors Runtulis, Remigijus Skersis and Vita Šmite.

In Quadrennial with their own works are participating such foreign artists as Agata Erlacher (Lithuania), Bartlomiej Struzik (Poland), Daan Roosegaarde (Netherlands), Kai Schiemenz (Germany), Lenka Klodova (The Czech Republic), Ludwika Ogorzelec (Poland/France), Maarten Vanden Eynde (Netherlands), Marc Schmitz(Germany), Maria Rebecca Ballestra (Italy), Mark Claire (Ireland), Rita Beiks and Norman G. Spence(Canada) and Sven Kalden(Germany). Latvian artists are Kirils Panteļejevs, Egons Peršēvics and Kārlis Īle.

All artworks will be viewable until October 10 in Riga public space – Turgeņeva and Prāgas street cross (Maria Rebecca Ballestra, Kisses from China!), Mazā Krasta and Maskavas cross (Agata Erlacher, Blue Roof), Speķa street (Lenka Klodov?, Love Bins),by the city canal between Krasta and Maskavas street (Maarten Vanden Eynde, Oil Peak), Klusajā dārzā/Silent garden (Bartlomiej Struzik, Only Five Project), Spīķeri (Sven Kalden, free admission for rendition, Mark Clare, Splendid Isolation), Zirgu street 9 (Ludwika Ogorzelec, from cycle Space Crystallization), Hey market – Mazā Kalna, Jersikas and Maskavas street cross (Kai Schiemenz, Total Theater – Communual Theatre), Lazdonas and Daugavpils cross (Rita Beiks, Norman G. Spence, Time Piece), Old Israel cemetery (Marc Schmitz Ser-Od, Spaces for Riga (the one and the crowd)), in Ķengaraga park, Maskavas street 324 (Kārlis Īle, Lietus ļautiņi), Turgeņeva and Gogoļa cross across the street from Latvian Academy of Science (Egons Peršēvics, Tautas sapulce), Maskavas street 9 (Kirils Panteļejevs Jaunās dzīvības formas) and in the tunnel under Krasta street (Daan Roosegaarde, Dune).

Sculpture Quadrennial RIGA 2008 activities are directed to actualize marginal zones, directed to encourage periphery and centre cooperation, researching historical inertia of peripheral zones and centre aspiration following culture variety in the New Europe culture space.

Sculpture Quadrennial RIGA 2008 is organized by Art Management and Information Centre (MMIC) in cooperation with Ministry of Culture (Republic Latvia), Riga City Council and with the executive services of Riga Latgale suburb. Project funding – European Union programme “Culture”. SCCF – State Culture Capital Foundation also maintains this project.