Educational excursion to the museum of Romans Suta and Aleksandra Beļcova, exhibition hall "Arsenāls" (Arsenal) and Latvian National museum of art


          On February 22 a group of teachers and upper-classes students visited exhibitions “Portrets Latvijā. 20.gadsimts. Sejas izteiksme.” (Portrait in Latvia. 20th century. Face expression), “Portrets ar smaidu. Šarži un karikatūras Latvijā. 20.gadsimts” (Portrait with smile. Parodies and caricatures in Latvia. 20th century) in the exhibition hall "Arsenāls" (Arsenal) of Latvian Museum of art and in the museum of Romans Suta and Aleksandra Beļcova and collected strong impressions about the features in photographs, paintings and graphics in the 20th century.
              Portraits directly or indirectly document social characteristic marks of Latvian history and society, the expressions of national identity and parts of the existing ideologies. The spectrum of the exhibition included the reflection of this age from individual viewpoints of artists to generalizations, from the state orders to free interpretations, from representation to privacy.
The exhibition clearly showed the 20th century as the time when the Latvian state was created and formed, lost and again renewed. It described an age when in spite of the stereotypes and ideological demands of the society personalities invested their experience in creative expressions as powerful, intelectually productive potentional.