Gallery: Old Factory becomes Latvian Contemporary Art Museum

Contemporary Art Museum of Latvia

The former soviet states are littered with half-finished buildings and projects cut short by the collapse of the Soviet Union. High schools, factories, apartment complexes: some of the buildings stand abandoned for years, stripped of their valuables and left bare to the elements. In some scenarios, they at least become playgrounds for explorers and artists. But occasionally, a lucky building will be reborn as a center for culture. In Latvia there are several examples of this: Karosta, an abandoned naval port which now includes a movie hall and artist training ground, The Dream Factory, which is well known as an alternative performance and party space, and most recently, a proposal for the new Contemporary Art Museum of Latvia.

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  1. jgrzinich June 13, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Last August we held a sound workshop in Riga dealing with in-situ recording activities in six different locations. One of the locations was the power station at Andrejsala that will become the Contemporary Art Museum. We were able to enter the power station twice with special permission and work for several hours in the different halls. The whole urban landscape is changing dramatically. All of the locations we visited have been destroyed or transformed in the past year.

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