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”.

Several screenings of virtual reality movie „Clouds over Sidra”, performance by artist Hu-Be „Scribblitti” and photography exhibition by journalist Marko Risović will be presented by festival partners at French Institute in collaboration with The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).


On Sunday, September 11th between 12PM and 5.30PM at the new building of Art Academy of Latvia SQR friends will give talks on “Conservatism and Liberalism: Appearances in contemporary culture”.

Director of Danish Cultural Institute Simon Drewsen
“Instrumentalization of Art or artistic instrument – empirical ruminations from a cultural operator´s point of view”
Curator Hadas Maor, Israel
“Creating interdisciplinary Museum situations. “Showtime case” study”
Art critic Adam Mazur, Poland
“Politics of Mulitiple Sclerosis. Remarks on Pawel Althamer’s co-operation with Nowolipie Group”
Artist Kim De Ruysscher, Belgium
“The art and technology behind “Inside””
Artist and curator Justin Hoover, USA
“Liberal vs Conservative: Art, public policy and the law”
Artist and curator Heiko Pfreundt from “Project Space Festival Berlin” , Germany
“All Peripheries are Centers: Project Space Festival Berlin”

Talks will be held in English. Free admission.


On Monday, September 12th festival participants will give artist talks on their works and creative process at Wagner Hall and Riga city between 4PM to 7PM. Talks in English and Latvian.

On Tuesday, September 13th at Art Academy of Latvia and Wagner Hall workshops will take place with international guests starting from 10.30 AM till 4 PM. Limited seating. Advance registration at


SQR extras will be presented by festival friends and partners. At Bank M2M Europe, Antonijas Street 3 a pop-up exhibition „The First Crew” by Denis Prasolov will be on view for three days – Tuesday, September 13 – 12PM-2PM, Wednesday, September 14 – 12PM-4PM and Thursday, September 15 – 4PM-8PM. Festival artists Jacob Jessen and Kim de Ruysscher are also featured in satellite exhibition “Terra Incognita: Familiar Infinity” curated by festival’s co-curator Kirke Kangro at KUMU Art Museum in Tallinn. Exhibition runs till September 12th. Starting from September 20th British artist James Prevett will show at Raja gallery in Tallinn. Valentijn Goethals and Tomas Lootens will present a project at Latvian Museum of Architecture from September 16th to October 7.



Together with State Culture Capital Foundation (VKKF); Riga City Council; Culture Forum “White Night”; Riga City Council’s Education, Culture and Sports Department; Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia; Goethe-Institute; French Institute in Latvia; Art Academy of Latvia; “Pro Helvetia” Foundation, Lithuanian  Council for Culture; Embassy of Lithuania in Riga; The Ministry of Culture of Estonia; Cultural Endowment of Estonia; Embassy of Israel in Riga, Danish Arts Foundation; FRAME (Finnish Fund for Art Exchange); Flanders State of the Art; UNHCR; Bank M2M Europe; Embassy of Switzerland in Latvia; The Embassy of Sweden in Latvia; The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia; Veto Magazine; Ir Magazine; Punctum Magazine; Satori Magazine; art and culture website  Arterritory; visual arts magazine Studija; contemporary arts online magazine Echo Gone Wrong; Art Museum “Riga Bourse”; Coffee Inn; Ltd “INT General”; Birzī, Durbes veltes, Birojnīca, Pusku Pusku.