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End & Beginning

A solo exhibition “END & BEGINNING” by Ieva Jurjāne will be on view at the Latvian National Museum of Art (Jaņa Rozentāla laukums 1, Rīga) from 10 November 2018 – 3 February 2019. The exhibition is included in Latvia’s centenary programme.

While the cult of eternal youth creates an illusion of time standing stil, the awareness of every thinking person is periodically shaken when reminded of the relentless marching of time. People as individuals and personalities are fixed to their own particular span of time. The continual cyclic renewal of nature accompanies a person’s life like a parallel existence, which one can see in the birth of a bud or the death of a bird. This exhibition is a considered meeting place for that which is departing and that which is arriving.

The people of Latvia’s first centenary – those who are witnesses to the last 90 to 100 years – exist amongst us, but are practically invisible. However, it often turns out that these centenarians are real personalities, whose vitality and energy seem to supercede the boundaries defined by matter. It is possible that the nature and lives of these people have some secret that could be discovered by spending time with them. Individuality and uniqueness interest Ieva Jurjane as undying, universal and enduring values.

Life-size portraits of elderly people have been painted from life as large-format watercolour paintings. The work process involved intense interaction which encouraged an air of mutual trust. Excerpts of audio interviews recorded during the sittings can be heard in the exhibition, wherein the subjects of the portraits share important episodes in their personal lives. These people have been inevitably shaped by the significant and complicated events of this historical period.

In obvious contrast, life-size portraits of babies, only a few months old, are displayed in parallel. The tiny contours of their bodies attest to the fragility of life, simultaneously the intensity of expression of each individual demonstrates the presence of a personality in the making, which in the future will fill the space of their name and time with content.

Nature often helps a person make attempts at comprehension. The thinker notices the potential hidden in a bud and the eternity arrested in a fallen bird. A painter paints an idea.

The title of the exhibition is a direct reference to the anthology by Rainis “The End and the Beginning”. Reflecting on the introduction “Coming to One’s Senses” he comments: “A person comes to one’s senses:, he becomes aware of the necessity to search for the meaning of his own existence.”END & BEGINNING is located in continual collaboration with interrupted infinity.

Ieva Jurjāne

Ieva Jurjāne is a painter, illustrator, set designer for opera and theatre, a costume designer and film artist. Jurjāne has worked in these fields in parallel since graduating from the Art Academy of Latvia (Master of Fine Arts 1996).

Most significant recent works: solo exhibitions – “Nature is Silent” (2016, gallery “Alma”), “Toy’s Story” (2012, Latvian National Museum of Art exhibition hall ARSENĀLS), “I See Them” (2008, Latvian National Museum of Art exhibition hall ARSENĀLS); operas – A. Maskats “Valentīna” (2014, dir. V. Kairišs, Latvian National Opera), K.M.Weber “Freischütz (2014, dir. V. Kairišs, Opera Cologne), B.Britten “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, (2013, dir. V. Kairišs, Komische Oper Berlin), R. Wagner “Götterdämmerung” (2011, dir. V. Kairišs, Latvijas National Opera); cinema – “Chronicles of Melanie” (2016, dir. V. Kairišs, 120 min); animation – “Once God...” (2009, dir. M. Liniņa).