The exhibition will be on view at the Museum of Liepaja from January 18 to February 24.
The UPB art collection, being a collection of contemporary art, expresses the primary aspiration of giving a personal insight into that realm of artistic values which is developing right here, in our presence. It is a new collection, little more than a decade old, going back to late 2002, when regular exhibitions commenced at the UPB offices in Liepāja, and when the first works were purchased. UPB Chairman of the Board Uldis Pīlēns reminds us in the introduction to the catalogue: “We’re not collectors of the classic kind. This means that we’re not putting together our collection on the basis of very precise, consciously developed principles, but the emotional component is very important in forming this collection. Essentially, this collection is an extension of our own hearts, how we subjectively view the world, how we perceive the values around us, created by our own contemporaries. How we line them up. It’s not always the largest tree in the forest that’s the most beautiful one.” Following the exhibitions in Liepāja, Ilze Freimane initiated exhibitions in the UPB “Wine Studio” on Elizabetes iela, and later in the establishment on Stabu iela as well. Nowadays it constitutes a significant contemporary art collection, representing active artists from various generations.