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Riga’s Art Nouveau Museum marks its fifth year with unusual exhibit

06.05.2014

Photographs depicting the Art Nouveau style in the design of stairwells are the focus of this new exhibition, now open. The imaginative work of two masters of the style – Fyodor Schehtel and Lev Kekushev, are featured here.

Stairs in the building that houses the Riga Art Nouveau Museum
  • Stairs in the building that houses the Riga Art Nouveau Museum
  • Photo: Lita Krone, LETA

Schehtel was a noted Russian architect, painter, designer and graphic artist – one of the most outstanding figures of Art Nouveau in all of Europe and Russia. Equally famous was architect and educator Kekushev (Moscow), who is representative of the early period of Art Nouveau, akin to the French-Belgian schools. Their 155th anniversaries are being marked this year.  

Margarita Fedina is the exhibit’s photographer, whose main subject matter was Art Nouveau architecture. Acclaimed worldwide, Fedina’s works have been included in trade periodicals in end-19th-early 20th century.

This exhibit marks the fifth year since the Art Nouveau Museum’s founding. Ever expanding as the years have gone by, the permanent collection now counts 5,063 wholly unique items, and the Museum’s exhibits and special events gather visitors both local and foreign.

Exhibition „Kāpņu telpas”/”Stairwells”, through September 14th