The exhibition of the Zuzāns collection “TOP in formation” will be on view at the main building of the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga (Jaņa Rozentāla laukums 1) from 29 July to 17 September 2017. The exhibition presents an overview of Latvian art in an unusual interpretation, highlighting that a private collection is always in formation.
The title of the exhibition can be interpreted in two ways. On the one hand, the word “TOP” denotes a hierarchical order determined through a variety of assessment criteria. On the other hand, “in formation” characterises a process en route to fulfilment, one which requires assessment of that which has already been acquired, a search for missing pieces, and possible additions.
The exposition is organised into three blocks: TOP, TOP-TOP and top. The main section features a curatorial selection of ten TOPs in contrast to customary art assessments. In the next, interactive block visitors create their own expositions from sculptures and light projectors. Finally, the last section explores the formation of the collection, including future projects and bold dreams.
TOP in formation encourages viewers to form a personal connection with art, to think about assessment criteria, and create their own selection of art gems.
The initiators of the idea and curators are Diāna Barčevska, Sniedze Kāle, Līga Lindenbauma, and Valts Miķelsons, in close collaboration with exhibition designer – artist and scenographer Reinis Suhanovs.