Until 9 September one of the Level-one exhibition rooms on is currently featuring the Ubāns’ Pārdaugava exhibition. This is dedicated to master of 20th century Latvian tonal painting, outstanding landscape painter and long-standing teacher at the Latvian Academy of Art, Konrāds Ubāns (1893-1981).
The Ubāns’ Pārdaugava exhibition is based around four stories about the dreams and ideals of a young painter: the construction of the artist’s studio and accompanying aspirations, giving an insight into the cultural milieu during Latvia’s first period of independence; his love of nature and respect for beauty; lives devastated and works of art lost when Latvia is dragged into the Second World War; how an artist, respected by critics and loved by the public, loves to work. These stories are like taking a walk through nearby Pārdaugava and our recent past, allowing us to see familiar and lost landscapes through the eyes of painter Konrāds Ubāns.
The master lived the greatest part of his life in Pārdaugava, where he built a house for his family and, on the site which is now home to the NLL, he began to erect his studio. The Second World War destroyed not only the artist's unfinished studio, but also divided his family – his wife Elīna and their three sons went into exile. When land was purchased for the construction of the new library building in Mūkusalas iela, the artist’s heirs were among the first to relinquish their ownership rights. Honouring the memory of the artist, the Art Reading Room of the library’s Art and Music Centre is named after Konrāds Ubāns.