aka Pilena between Riga and Paris

Art as playground


I am very happy whenever an exhibition is built around the interests of our youngest generation, still most of them try to keep us at an arms length. While the art shown in National museums are more for the eyes, modern spaces who exhibit works of contemporary artists can be quite exciting for little girls and boys. I recently found several artists who will definitely be on my “Must see” list whenever they will be shown in Riga or cities round the globe I travel to as they create art as a playground – TOUCH, SEE and FEEL.

"Madness is part of life" by Ernesto Neto, Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

ERNESTO NETO – is a Brazilian, contemporary visual artist known for creating vast sculptures out of white stocking-like material that he fills with various items, such as Styrofoam or scented spices. His inspiration comes from the Brazilian Neoconcretism movement that was prevalent in the late 1950s, and his installations often fill the entire exhibition area.



TOMAS SARACENO – Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno is known for his fantastic sculptures and installations that merge art, architecture, and science. Saraceno’s work draws on his training as an architect, exploring materials, man-made and natural structures, and the potential for a space. His spectacular works are dreamy and experimental, compelling viewers to re-imagine the world and its possibilities.



SOPHIA CHANG –  is an American architectural designer whose work occupies the zone between art, media, and architecture, producing designs which are not objects to be looked at, but experiences to be seen or lived through.



TOSHIKO HORIUCHI MCADAM – is a Japanese textile artist based in Canada. She is best known for her work with large-scale textile structures, especially “textile playgrounds” for children, brightly-colored net-like structures of crocheted and knotted nylon.



NUMEN/FOR USE – a collectiove working in the field of conceptual art, scenography, industrial and spatial design.

Whenever you hear there is an interactive art exhibition, installation in your city – don’t miss it as it can be a lot of fun! I remember last time more or less similar experience was last fall, when me and my kids Andreys and Maya visited Survival Kit, and really enjoyed work of art by Katrina Neiburga and Andris Eglitis ARMPIT. They will be shown in Venice Art Biennale starting May 9th, 2015. Don’t miss if you are in VENICE, ITALY.