The Year of Hardijs Lediņš
To commemorate and assess the contributions of multi-media artist Hardijs Lediņš (1955–2004) to Latvian culture, LCCA declared 2015 to be the Year of Hardijs Lediņš. In marking the 60th anniversary of the birth of this classic of Latvian avant-garde music and art, the LCCA was collaborating with artists from various creative fields as well as contemporaries of Hardijs Lediņš, organising a number of cultural events throughout the year that accentuated the most imporant stages in the multi-faceted work of this legendary artist.
Called the “patriarch of multi-media”, Hardijs Lediņš was an extraordinary person, who came onto the Latvian art scene at the end of the 1970s. He shaped and greatly inspired a broad field of alternative culture, following processes of world culture that were relevant at the time and integrating them in the artistic environment of Latvia in an original way. Together with his like-minded contemporaries, Hardijs Lediņš made musical recordings, performances, actions and interventions, which revealed a language that was innovative for the time and had not been expressed. Among his most important works, one could mention the work of NSRD (Nebijušu sajūtu restaurācijas darbnīcas)(Workshop for the Restoration of Unfelt Sensations) and the already legendary Walks to Bolderāja, the exhibition “Vējš vītolos” (Wind in the Willows), the performance “Dr. Enesera binokulāro deju kursi” (Dr. Enesers’s Binocular Dance Courses) in the Botanical Garden of Salaspils, the Aptuvenās mākslas (Approximate Art) exhibitions, as well as the “Tranzwelt Telefon Konzert”, in which music was played simultaneously from six cities around around the world, and the opera “Rolstein on the Beach”, among others.
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