On 9 June this year, diplomat Aina Nagobads-Ābola celebrated her 101st birthday. In honour of this outstanding Latvian diplomat's anniversary, President Egils Levits, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, National Library of Latvia Director Andris Vilks and former Ambassador Rolands Lappuķe announced the Gadsimta latviete (A Latvian Woman & Her Century) exhibition, which will be open to National Library of Latvia visitors from 16 June until September. Entrance is free.
The exhibition has been created with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Latvian Centenary Public Diplomacy Programme and organised by the National Library of Latvia at the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The author of the exhibition' content is the godson of Aina Nagobads-Ābola's husband Guntars Ābols, diplomat Rolands Lappuķe. The exhibition was designed by Tatjana Raičiņeca in collaboration with Oskars Platokalns and Didzis Breidaks. The exhibition has been set up in the Library's Orangery and will be open to visitors from 16 June to early September, when it will travel to the Paris suburb of Le Vésinet, where the former diplomat has lived for more than 50 years. Subsequently, it will also be on display at Latvia’s Permanent Representation to UNESCO in Paris.
The A Latvian Woman & Her Century exhibition presents the life story of Aina Nagobads-Ābola. The visual materials selected for the exhibition come from the archives of a number of institutions, Aina Nagobads-Ābola's private archive, as well as the photo albums of her contemporaries, which record everyday and historically significant events from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. The exhibition features a number of state awards received by Ms Nagobads- Ābola, such as France's Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur and Ordre national du Mérite, and Portugal’s Ordem do Mérito. Visitors will also be able to view items related to Nagobads-Ābola's day-to-day activities, but which, at the same time, are symbolic and emphasise her self-assurance and femininity. The guiding principle of Aina Nagobads-Ābola's and her husband Guntars Ābols' lives came to be Spogulija un Aizspogulija (Mirrorland and its reflection) – the homeland and exile – and their ability to cross between them in both directions. This motif is also addressed in the content and form of the exhibition.
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