CONCEPTS AND RECORDS OF PERFORMANCE GROUPS AT THE PEDVALE OPEN AIR ART MUSEUM (1991-2009) (Performancu grupu koncepcijas un hronika Pedvales Brivdabas makslas muzeja (1991-2009)
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In the Latvian art-historical context, Pedvale Open Air Art Museum (POAM) is regarded as a continuation of the sculpture park near Bierini in Riga that began life in the 1980s. Sculptor Ojars Feldbergs set about realising his idea of an open-air art park in 1991. Processes in the Museum are regulated by a concept that envisages the integration of the natural landscape, agricultural landscape, cultural heritage and art in a unified environment; the aim is to create a place where the creative idea could both mature and be embodied in harmony with the landscaped environment and finally become part of that environment. POAM for Feldbergs is part of his creative work in which he envisages something and directs its further realisation, performing in the process as an artist or actor. Thus each artefact created in the Museum is not to be detached from the sculptor's personality and assessment of the artwork, functioning as the main criterion of selection and subjective critique of contemporary processes. Feldbergs' performances can be divided into three categories: 1. Performance as an element complementing the event; 2. Performance ending up in the form of an installation; 3. Performance that is created using a previously prepared sculptural work. Performances at POAM can be classified in four categories: 1. Ritual-type performances close to the Baltic traditions and forms of festivities; 2. Artworks based on modern dance; 3. Artworks synthesised with the open-air objects, installations or sculptures on view at the permanent exposition, thus interacting with the form and location of the artwork; 4. Performance as a pure form of visual art in which the human body plays the leading role.
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