From Dec 17, Riga Art Space is hosting the annual Latvian contemporary art exhibition. The curator of the exhibition, Inga Šteimane says that the exhibition is based on philosopher Karl Popper's statement that he would rather spend the rest of his life popularising intellectual modesty. The statement was made back in the 1980s, but it appears that its impact is becoming increasingly important today
Karl Popper criticises the tradition of Western universities, which teach students to make meaningful yet meaningless statements, and counters it with his theory of the Third World (world of theories) and its effect on the other worlds.
The concepts of modernism and post-modernism as the key sources of inspiration for contemporary art are well in line with Popper's theses, and the exhibition seeks no objective truth but the truth of the subject.
The exhibition shows works from many well known Latvian artists, whose works are considered to be challenging and intriguing. This is also the first attempt in LV art history when the social and economical context of LV art are also in the centre of attention, not just the art and ideas, like it usually tends to be.