This is the only modern art space in Europe that is located in a functioning railway station. The Dubulti Art Station is an excellent example of how to combine transport, cultural and public administration resources to make a unique art platform accessible to everyone. The Dubulti Station was built in 1977, and, according to the idea of its architect Igor Javein, it created associations with the rolling sea. In 2015, the station was fully renovated, which also made it possible to create a professionally-managed art gallery here.
The exhibition showcases the works of interior designer Līvija Brigita Pavlovska and the painter and puppet animation scenographer Gedimins Kotello. With MODERN MOVEMENTS Art Station Dubulti is featuring Latvian art from the 1970s and the 1980s implementing the will of creating a modern social space under the Soviet circumstances. The exhibition curator is Inga Šteimane.
The urge to modernise and humanise the environment of socialism in the 70s and 80s not only expressed itself in interior design and city planning field but also in public discussions about the human nature. The vision of the modern society created under Socialistic circumstances was “the re-education of humans”. Art and films, among them puppet animation films, were used as a platform for these efforts.
LĪVIJA BRIGITA PAVLOVSKA (1939) – at that time Līvija Māldere – is one of the graduates of Art Academy of Latvia of the year 1970, who proudly are called “our first generation of interior designers with a specialist degree” (first interior designer graduated from Art Academy of Latvia in 1965). Artist and critic, the course-mate of Līvija, Jānis Borgs defined the responsibility of interior designers as follows: “create an interior, which is anticipated”.1 The monotonous Soviet mass housing and their impersonal utilitarian architecture, provoked the truly human needs and longings for an individualised environment.
MODERN MOVEMENTS highlights several episodes of Pavlovska’s creative work, like interior designs for State Priekuļi Plant Breeding Institute (today Priekuļi research center of the Institute of Agroresources and Economics; 1973), interior designs for the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow (today Peoples' Friendship University of Russia; 1977-1978), interior and environment design for the railway station “Majori” (1987-1990), as well as interior decoration for Riga Polytechnic Institute‘s new buildings in Ķīpsala Campus (today Riga Technical University; 1975-1981), interior decoration for the Riga Agricultural machinery factory Rigaseļmaš (1971), shop interior for the Jūrmala Society of Horticulture and Beekeeping (1980) and others. Most of the interiors are changed or lost, so the exhibition will construct the artist's original vision from sketches, photographs and reconstrucions.
GEDIMINS KOTELLO (1946), as a young graduate from the Art Academy of Latvia (1970), joined the puppet animation studio at the Riga Film Studio in 1974, where he worked as a scenographer and designer until 1990. Under the guidance of legendary founder of Latvian puppet animation, Arnolds Burovs, and in collaboration with other directors – Arvīds Noriņš, Jānis Cimermanis, Gunārs Treibergs –, Kotello created images of more than twenty films that win international awards and popularity. He also worked for many Latvia Puppet Theatre performances (1978-2003).
The exhibition MODERN MOVEMENTS offers a diversity of original drawings, puppet sculptures and films with the common story theme about ethics, responsibility and rights and wrongs. Gedimins Kotello creates visually narrative heroes and environments, by drawing his characters perfectly and highly detailed and giving them predominant biographies, which easily draws the audiences in. The artist can greatly support the director, in times of censorship and didactics, and Gedimins Kotello does exactly that.
Series about inspector Caps, who is re-educating rascals (1976-1981, director Arvīds Noriņš), the opus about the inconsiderate action, presenting puppies and kittens to children on every birthday (“Ko tagad darīt” – “What to do now”, 1978, director J. Bergmanis), romantic waste saga (“Vecā sētnieka piedzīvojumi” – “The Adventures of the Old Janitor”, 1985, director A.Burovs), fierce story about drinking habbits (“Papiņš” – “Daddy”, 1986, director A. Burovs) and other didactic but witty films. Gedimins Kotello has also worked on Arnolds Burov’s most famous animation, the romantic “Bimini” with the libretto of Heinrich Heine (1981). There is a special outdoor blackboard for children's creative entertainment – for drawings and photo sessions with Inspector Caps.
The biographies of both artists have a connection with Jūrmala. Līvija Brigita Pavlovska had the position of the Head Artist at the Jūrmala Municipality from 1978 to 1986 and she lives in Jūrmala. Gedimins Kotello was born in Jūrmala and spent his childhood summers there. The exhibition is in the program of the Biennale “Marīna 2019”, it’s on view till October 20, 2019.
The Art Station Dubulti has been founded as an innovative cultural platform in 2015. It is located in the functioning railway station, in the building of 1977 which is a striking example of Soviet modern architecture. Art Station Dubulti creates its own program to show the works of Latvian artists in current contexts and interpretations. Projects are implemented with the support of Jūrmala City Council and support from the State Culture Capital Foundation. The creator and curator of the Art Station Dubulti is Inga Šteimane.
The September and October program will be announced in August
1 J. Borgs. Par interjeru, kuru gaida . Rakstu krājums “Arhitektūra un Dizains” [Compendium “Architecture and Design”, Rīga, “Avots”, 1985, 67.–71.pp. In latvian with a russian summery.Close