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With the support of Signet Bank, from 7 February to 31 May 2020, the Latvian National Museum of Art hosts the solo exhibition “Family” of the Latvian younger generation painter Ēriks Apaļais. The exhibition is a survey of the artist’s works to date and is split up into five chapters – from early compositions to new paintings, revealing the author’s highly distinctive, recognisable style – one that combines conceptualism, symbolism, abstraction, and figuration, while the collective history flows into personalised memories.
The curator of the exhibition, Katerina Gregos, who is included in the ArtNet’s list of “The 100 Most Powerful Women in Contemporary Art”, says about the work of Ēriks Apaļais:
As a student of English Philology, Ēriks Apaļais began to be interested in language as an abstract system of symbols. In painting, he finds speech-like forms of articulation, translating his memories and cognitive processes into an abstract reality of painting – a landscape of signs and symbols. His works evolve as a system of symbols, soaring between readability and uncertainty within the framework of the philosophy of perception, time and memory.
There are two paintings by Ēriks Apaļais in our collection. The exhibition features one of them – a painting of 2016 that embodies the metaphysical mood. We are proud that for the first time a work from our collection has been deposited to one of the largest and most significant art museums in Latvia.