The Art Nouveau period featured particular interest in the unity of strength and beauty, the contrast of the strong and fragile and its reflection in art and sport. This is the reason why the museum “Riga Art Nouveau Centre” invites visitors to the exhibition “Musclemen Legends”, which boasts a unique private collection – the medals of the beginning of the 20th century and expressive photos of musclemen. The exhibition has been created to mark the first golden medal in Greco-Roman wrestling won by the outstanding Latvian wrestler Jānis Polis in the Pan-Russian Olympic Games in 1913. The exhibition will be open until June 10.
The “Musclemen Legends” is the second exhibition created in co-operation with the long-term friend of the museum Vladimirs Resetovs and collector and athlete Aleksejs Kostirevs. The first time when Riga Art Nouveau Centre introduced visitors to wrestling and heavy athletics in the Art Nouveau age was in 2012 when the museum together with Vladimirs Rešetovs and Aleksejs Kostirevs as well as the Sports Museum of Latvia organized the first exhibition – the Age of Musclemen”. It provided insights into the development of wrestling and heavy athletics at the beginning of 1900s and showed various sport devices and photos featuring the Art Nouveau style.
This time the museum will present the photos from the musclemen at the beginning of 1900s as well as competition advertisements, programmes and unique medals and awards that have been won in innumerable wrestling arenas. Latvian musclemen used to be popular participants in tournaments and won competitions in different countries. On the verge of the 19th and 20th century sport clubs and associations were founded in the territory of Latvia and the musclemen movement had a particular place in the society. The sports had a particular role in the physical education of young people and created a strong image of the man.
At the beginnings of 1900s in Riga and other places of Latvia wrestling and heavy athletics societies and clubs were created and developed. The wrestlers appeared in advertisements, postcards were published with the portraits of the musclemen and moments from fights which were arranged at photo studios. The strongest men in Latvia – Jānis Polis, Jānis Krauze, Jānis Burgmeistars (participated in competitions under the name of Ivans Romanovs), Jānis Leskinovičs and others – were recognized in public and respected, their strength and athletic built featured in postcards and competition programmes. Musclemen tournaments were very special events followed by dances and informal parties. These fights, however, were not just a privilege of men, there were also women whose photos will also be shown in the exhibition.
The museum “Riga Art Nouveau Centre” invites the visitors to enjoy the interaction of strength and beauty in the exhibition “Musclemen Legends” from April 13 – June 10. The museum is open from10.00 to 18.00 every day, except Mondays.
“Concerto Piccolo” gives the opportunity to relish one of the most splendid and valuable historical organ in the outstanding acoustics of Riga Dome.
The organ of Riga Dome is one of the greatest achievements of the art of organ building in the late Romantic Period, making it also an outstanding monument of music history. It has been closely linked with the most prominent Latvian organ players and composers in the last 120 years and has influenced the development of organ music in Latvia more than any other instrument.
All the organ players who have ever performed on the organ
of Riga Dome have not only acknowledged the unique opportunity, but have also
immersed into mastering the extraordinary qualities of the organ so that they
can convey the beauty, variety, and stylistic uniqueness of its sound further
“Concerto Piccolo” gives you approximately 20 minutes of
taking pleasure from the great acoustics of Riga Dome by listening to
well-known and loved music.
Concerts from May till September take place every day
12:00—12:20 (except for Sundays).
In October, November and December concerts take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:00 -12:20.
Tickets can be purchased at the Riga Dome box office from Monday to Saturday 10:00—17:00
When trees blossom out and meadow flowers start to bloom, the Open-Air Museum opens the summer season. The museum becomes full of trills and birdsongs. After the winter season, houses and farms open their doors to guests, and craftsmen delight visitors with demonstration of various handicraft skills.
From 1 may all interior expositions of homesteads will be opened for visitors.
On 5th-6th August from 10.00-17.00 in Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum will take place the Contemporary arts festival of Latvia.
The Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation has 70 different collections. Among them, there is the collection of timepieces numbering more than 500 items and their accessories. This collection covers the period from the 17th century to the present day. It represents different clock types: hourglasses and sundials, table clocks, mantelpiece clocks and tall clocks, pocket- and wristwatches. They were manufactured by well-known watchmakers and well-established companies in Europe, America, and Russia. The collection includes XVIII-XX century Latvian-made watches. Some of the timepieces have been handed down along with a legend as they had belonged to prominent public figures.
The exhibition showcases clocks and watches that are not part of the permanent exhibition, thus providing an opportunity for the visitors to gain a comprehensive picture of the whole collection.
Thanks to the professionalism and time-consuming contribution of the Museum restorers, in the run-up to the exhibition some of the timepieces have been restored and are running now so that the visitors can get acquainted with the different clock types as well as listen in to the "time music".
"Time Music" is performed without notation, without a conductor to direct the performance. It does not depend on our consent or desire. We just need to listen carefully to the message of this extraordinary orchestra: this time has one advantage over all the others – it is given to us.
Exhibition will be open until December 30, 2017.
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