Messe Wien , Hall A, Messeplatz 1, 1020, Vienna | Austria
Stand Number: A1802
Leonards Laganovskis (1955), one of most
visible and consequential Latvian contemporary art representative, his creative
actions started in beginning of 80ies when he brightly introduce himself
together with Hardijs Lediņš and Imants Žodžiks in avantgarde group.
participated in legendary art exhibition in 1984. „Nature.
Environment. Man” at St. Peter’s Church (Riga / Latvia) and in first Latvian art important
exhibitions in the west „Riga – Lettische avantgarde” in Berlin 1988.
Artist’s most popular works from 80ies
– 90ies are based on language of socart using recognizable cliché from soviet
life (McLenin (1992), End of Movie etc.)
At paintings, prints, photographic and
objects which are created at late 80ies mark themes, motives and conceptual
developments whose are characterize artist’s creations till nowadays.
Criticizing authority mechanisms Leonards Laganovskis
with help of framing text or image and overstatement fragments ironical
paraphrase authority symbols and languages cliché in what he discover absurdity
In the early 90ies Leonards Laganovskis mostly worked at Berlin. Participating in Germany’s art life, organizing solo exhibitions as
well as taking part in the international group exhibitions and cooperate which
Germanys premier art Galleries and art institutions, artist has taken wide
international experience and is grand holder of several grants.
After returning in
Latvia with new verities and new experience Leonards
Laganovskis very bright confirms himself in International
12th Tallinn Print triennial (2001) to getting 1st Prize for his work in which
in one page were assemble all texts from Holy Bible.
L.Laganovskis benefit Latvian Art Union Prize of Year for the best solo
exhibition “Right to Desire” hold at Riga Gallery.
Play with measures, concept and language
is brand and trade mark of Leonards Laganovskis.
His eternal theme - technologies of authority which are look through political,
social and commercial prism.
Works by Leonards
Laganovskis represented Latvian contemporary art in important
exhibitions like "Bouquet" at RussianStateContemporaryArtCenter (2008, Moscow/
Russia) and international
art fairs like ART MOSCOW (2005, 2006, 2009, Moscow/
At 2009 in major solo exhibition “Normal” at Art Museum Arsenāls (Riga
metre of conceptual art confirms his reputation brightly.
At solo project in Vienna will be demonstrated selected works
from Leonards Laganovskis series
Vodka, Lecterns, Fashion and 90ies series Food.
Works in selected collections: Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia
Collection of The Contemporary Art
Museum of Latvia, Riga / Latvia
Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin / Germany Kupferstich Kabinett, Berlin / Germany Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New
York / USA Estonia Art Museum, Tallinn / Estonia Eestipank, Tallinn / Estonia
Europe, Russia etc.