The awarding of the award is related to the exhibition “Vija Celmiņa|Gerhards Richters. Double Vision” in Hamburg Art Gallery, in which, from May to August of this year, it was possible to appreciate both Vijas Celmiņas and the German painter Gerhard Richter (Gerhard Richter) jobs. In press reports, this exhibition was called a “lucky coincidence”.
The “Premium Imperiale” award in sculpture was awarded by the Japan Art Association to the artist Olafur Eliasson (Olafur EliassonIceland/Denmark), in architecture – Diebedo for Francis Caré (Diébédo Francis KéréBurkina Faso/Germany), in music – by composer Vinton Marsal (Wynton MarsalisUSA), in the theater and cinema industry – for director Robert Wilson (Robert WilsonASV).
US First Lady Jill Biden addresses those present. White House, September 12 Photo: AP/Scanpix
Vija Celmiņa was born in 1938 in Riga. At the end of the Second World War, in 1945, she fled to Germany with her parents, but in 1948 she moved to Indianapolis, USA. She studied art at Indiana University’s Heron School of Art and Design (Herron School of Art and Design), who graduated in 1962.
In 1965, Celmiņa received a Master of Arts degree (MFA) and worked as a painting teacher at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine). Her interest in pop art and hyperrealism can be felt in the works of this period.
Vija Celmiņa in Hamburg this August. Photo: Scanpix/DPA
Solo exhibitions and retrospectives of Vijas Celmiņa have been held in many museums and galleries, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (Whitney Museum of American Art1973, 1993), at the David McKee Gallery in New York (David McKee Gallery1983-2001), at the Museum of Modern Art in Los Angeles (Museum of Contemporary Art1994), at the Fondation Cartier in Paris (Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art1995), at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (Institute of Contemporary Art), at the Queen Sofia National Museum of Art in Madrid (Reina Sofia National Museum of Art) and many other places.
In 2019, the painter was awarded the 3rd class Order of the Three Stars. You can familiarize yourself with Vijas Celmiņa’s works in the attached link.
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