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INSTITUTE OF ART HISTORY OF THE ART ACADEMY OF LATVIA

Institute of Art History of the Art Academy of Latvia is the only institution working on fundamental studies of Latvian and Latvia-related visual art and architecture as well as on the improvement of theoretical and methodological basis of art-historical research. The Institute’s strategic aim is to study, interpret and promote the phenomena of early and recent Latvian visual art, using both traditional forms of publications (collected articles, magazines, dissertations, reports in scientific conferences) and possibilities opened up by the latest technologies (the Internet, digital resources); results of research are used for study programs at the Art Academy of Latvia and collaboration with other institutions of research and education in Latvia and abroad.

Directions of research
One of the most important directions – the long-term collective project of Latvian art history on the Internet in Latvian and English.

Organising annual Boris Vipper (Boris Vipers, 1888–1967) Memorial Readings followed by editions of collected articles from the series "Materials for Latvian Art History".

Publication of the scientific magazine "Art History and Theory" (since 2003) aimed to introduce the latest achievements in art history and theory to the specialists of the field and other interested people in Latvia and abroad. Articles are available for the international audience in Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL). The magazine is indexed at the Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (CEJSH) and Kunstbibliotheken-Fachverbund Florenz-München-Rom (Kubikat).

Publications aimed at cultural education and scientific tourism in the form of guidebooks (the series "Monuments of Art and Architecture in Riga") and digital resources.

Pedagogical work at the Art Academy of Latvia – courses of lectures for BA and MA programs (Iconography, Latest Developments in Latvian Art History), supervising, reviewing and publication of PhD dissertations, participation in the Doctoral Committee.

Individual research projects of Institute’s employees. Gathering of materials in archives and libraries, study of monuments of architecture and art in situ. Interpretation of findings and preparation of publications, perfection of skills in related institutions abroad.

Systematisation and archiving of visual materials entered into the ongoing project of visual database.

More information at www.lma-mvi.lv.

Selected recent publications:
"Pirmais Rīgas pilsētas arhitekts Johans Daniels Felsko (1813-1902)"
(The First Riga City Architect Johann Daniel Felsko (1813–1902))
Author: Daina Lāce
Riga: Institute of Art History of the Art Academy of Latvia, Art History Research Support Foundation, 2012
384 pp., 174 images
Series: Dissertations of the Latvian Academy of Art Institute of Art History III

Johann Daniel Felsko (1813–1902) is the first Master Builder of Riga who received academic training and held the title of City Architect. Daina Lāce’s monograph is based on her PhD dissertation that was defended at the Art Academy of Latvia in 2010, and its publication celebrates the 200th anniversary of the architect’s birth.
"Personība mākslas procesos"
(Personality in the Processes of Art)
Editor: Kristiāna Ābele
Designer: Juris Petraškevičs   
Riga: Neputns; Riga: Mākslas vēstures pētījumu atbalsta fonds, 2012.
296 pp.

Part of the series "Materials for Latvian Art History".

"City Architect of Riga JOHANN DANIEL FELSKO 1813-1902"
Author: Daina Lāce
Editor: Zanda Redberga
Photographer: Aivars Siliņš
Designers: Ingūna Elere, Tatjana Raičiņeca
Riga, 2011
40 pp. with colour illustrations

The brochure, which is published also in Latvian, is available at the Municipal Agency "Riga City Architect‘s Office" on 60a-21 Dzirnavu Street, Riga. To receive the brochure, please register your interest in advance by calling +371 67105941.
"Latvijas vizuālās mākslas Eiropas kontekstā"
(Latvian Visual Arts in the European Context)
Editor: Elita Grosmane
Riga: Institute of Art History of the Art Academy of Latvia, Art History Research Support Foundation, 2011
144 pp.

A collection of papers presented at the Joint 3rd World Congress of Latvian Scientists and 4th Letonika Congress.
"The Building of the Latvian Academy of Art"
Guide
Author: Daina Lāce
Designer: Aivars Sprūdžs
Riga: Institute of Art History of the Art Academy of Latvia, Art History Research Support Foundation, 2011
24 pp.

Part of the series "Monuments of Art and Architecture in Riga".

The guide is published also in Latvian.
"Latvian Academy of Sciences Building"
Guide
Author: Maija Rudovska
Designer: Ivo Simsons 
Riga: Institute of Art History of the Art Academy of Latvia, 2009
22 pp.

Part of the series "Monuments of Art and Architecture in Riga".

The book is published also in Latvian.
"Senā Jelgava" (Ancient Jelgava)
Editor: Elita Grosmane
Designer: Juris Petraškevičs
Riga: Neputns, 2010
336 pp., 359 ill.
The idea of collected articles titled "Senā Jelgava" (Ancient Jelgava) emerged from the rising interest in the history of Latvian towns. Jelgava (former Mitau) together with Königsberg (present Kaliningrad) and Narva belong to the Eastern Baltic cities most damaged during World War II. It is largely impossible to restore the lost cultural values but this edition, rich in both substance and visual images will help to remind of the active and rich cultural life in Jelgava and processes in architecture and art.

The book is published only in Latvian.
"Art History and Theory" 2011/14
Magazine of the Institute of Art History, Art Academy of Latvia
Editor-in-chief: Elita Grosmane
Designer: Ieva Vīriņa
"Art History and Theory" 2010/13
Magazine of the Institute of Art History, Art Academy of Latvia
Editor-in-chief: Elita Grosmane
Designer: Ieva Vīriņa
"Art History and Theory" 2009/12
Magazine of the Institute of Art History, Art Academy of Latvia
Editor-in-chief: Elita Grosmane
Designer: Ieva Vīriņa
"Johans Valters"
Author: Kristiāna Ābele
Riga: Neputns, 2009
400 pp., 417 ill.
Summary in German.
The painter Johann Walter (1869-1932) contributed to the rise of modern painting in Latvia at the turn of the 20th century. In 1906, however, the painter left his native Jelgava to Germany. For many years, he was "the most mysterious key figure of Latvian art". Since the late 1990s, numerous discoveries help to fill the previous gaps of knowledge and reconstruct the story of the artist's life.

The book is published only in Latvian.