Kalpotajs

From the 19th of May to the 10th of June, the Riga Art Space exhibition hall will display an exhibition dedicated to great Latvian artist Ilmārs Blumbergs, “Kalpotājs. Blumbergs. Kamēr…”, which will be musically enriched on the 23rd and 24th of May by seven world premieres of works inspired by Blumbergs’ art as performed by Youth Choir Kamēr… and conductor Jānis Liepiņš.

Expressive artist Ilmārs Blumbergs has left a bright, permanent legacy to Latvian culture, and his Servant figure personifies a meaningful symbol which will bring a special spiritual dimension to the unusual concert exhibition genre. Ilmārs Blumbergs’ art, just like Kamēr…’s music, contains no compromises - immersion, attention, piety and service dominate. The artist was a collaborator of Youth Choir Kamēr… from its beginnings, and it was Blumbergs who created the choir’s visual identity, logo, and designs for albums and concert posters.

In celebration of Latvia’s Centenary and in honour of Ilmārs Blumbergs’ contribution, performing among works imbued with the Servant theme, Youth Choir Kamēr… will present seven world premieres as part of a specially created concert programme taking inspiration from the motifs of Blumbergs’ art and life. The pieces have been created by loyal friends of the choir - composers Georgs Pelēcis, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Pēteris Vasks, Juris Karlsons, Gabriel Jackson, Dobrinka Tabakova and Vytautas Miškinis. With Blumbergs’ works and Kamēr… together in the exhibition hall under the leadership of artistic director Jānis Liepiņš, audience members will enjoy a unique audiovisual experience with the help of director Viesturs Kairišs, choreographer Elīna Lutce and lighting designer Egils Kupčs. The curators of the concert exhibition are Luīze Lismane and Ilmārs Blumbergs Jr.

The “Kalpotājs. Blumbergs. Kamēr…” exhibition will be open to visitors at the Riga Art Space (Kungu Street 3) in the Main Hall from the 19th of May to the 10th of June, while the Intro Hall will display an exhibition dedicated to Ilmārs Blumbergs’ collaboration with Youth Choir KKamēr…

Youth Choir Kamēr… will perform at the Riga Art Space exhibition hall on the 23rd and 24th of May at 19:00. Tickets are available in advance from Biļešu Paradīze registers and on www.bilesuparadize.lv.

Ilmārs Blumbergs (1943-2016) was a multi-faceted Latvian artist who worked in stage design, graphics and painting. In 1963 he graduated from the Riga Secondary School of Applied Arts, and in 1972 he graduated from the Department of Painting at the Art Academy of Latvia, specialising in set design. In 1995 he was awarded the Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, and in 2009 he received a Spēlmaņu Nakts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Concert exhibition organised by: the Association of Culture Institutions of Riga City Council’s Riga Art Space exhibition hall and Concert Organisation AVE SOL in collaboration with Youth Choir Kamēr…. The project is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation’s “Latvijai - 100” programme and co-financed by the Education, Culture and Sports Department of Riga City Council.