The so-called House of Artists is a place where ideological monuments commissioned by regime authorities were also produced during the Soviet regime, said Igors Dobičins, head of the union.
“Inevitably, because it was, so to speak, a production plant. “Art” factory. It was the only place to get the job done,” Dobičins said.
Therefore, in some respects, it is even logical that today the Union of Artists has expressed its desire to deposit Soviet monuments. Beneath the ideology there is often a performance that is important for the history of art.
“Of course, ideologically, this work may not be compatible with today’s environment and today’s demands. You can separate that ideological field and look at the artwork, the quality of the performance, the compositions as they were created. This should be preserved as these qualities are hereditary,” Dobičins said.
Dismantled Soviet monuments could be stored in the creative block of the Union of Artists in Rīga, Gaujas Street. There they could serve as reference material for young sculptors and as a place of research for scientists or art historians.
One of the first municipalities to show interest in the offer of the Union of Artists is the municipality of Ropažu, which plans to dismantle several Soviet monuments.
“I’m sorry, if we took this apart, where would we put it?” Bury in the ground? Well we would pollute the earth! Therefore, this offer by the Union of Artists to make a kind of deposit by accumulating the cultural or artistic experience in a place that they know is a very good solution,” said Haralds Burkovskis, Vice-President of the City Council. of Ropažu (National Alliance).
Other municipalities, such as Smiltene, have also expressed interest. The Union of Artists is also said to be ready to deposit monumental fragments of the memorial in Uzvaras Park.
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