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MAIJA TABAKA

MAIJA NORA TABAKA

Born on 1939 in Jelgava / Latvia.
1957–1959 Department of Graphics, Latvian Academy of Art.
1959–1961 Department of Painting.
1965–1969 Eduards Kalniņš’ Studio.
1977–1978 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) grant, West Berlin / Germany.
Field of activity: figural painting, book illustrations.

Selected solo exhibitions:
2007, 2003, 1999, 1996, 1994 - Riga Gallery, Riga / Latvia.
2004, 1992, 1980 - State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
2009, 2005 -Jurmalas Museum of Art, Jurmala / Latvia.
1994
- Unibank of Latvia, Āgenskalns Branch Exhibition Hall, Riga / Latvia.
1993 - “Maija Tabaka’s Paintings from the Artists’ Union of Latvia Art Collection”, Artists’ Union of Latvia Gallery, Riga / Latvia.
1987 - Galerie Basmadjian, Paris / France.
1985 - Latvian Academy of Music, Riga / Latvia.
1984 - Central House of Artists, Moscow / Russia.
1983 - Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock / Germany.
Bengt Hernberg Gallery AE, Göteborg / Sweden.
Ģederts Eliass Jelgava History and Art Museum, Jelgava / Latvia.
1980 - Republican House of Knowledge, Riga / Latvia.
1979 - Künstlerhaus Bethanien, West Berlin / Germany.

Selected group exhibitions:
2009 - “Artist. Portrait. Self-portrait”, Art Museum Arsenāls, Riga / Latvia
2002
- “Witnesses of an Age”, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
            “Latvian Art. 20th Century”, Zvolle City Museum, Zvolle / Netherlands.
             “Baltics. Non-conformism and Modernist Art in the Soviet Period”, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick / New Jersey / USA.
2000 - “Baltic Art. Contemporary Painting and Sculpture”, National Art Club, New York; International Monetary Foundation Gallery, Washington; Chicago; Los Angeles ; Houston / USA.
            “Latvian Painting 1945–1985 Plus”, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
1999 - “Joy pf Being”, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
1998, 1990 - 1st , 2nd All-Latvian Art Exhibition, Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia.
1996 - “The Baltic States. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania”, UNESCO Exhibition Hall, Paris / France.
1995 - 15th International Art Exhibition, Chicago / USA.
1993 - “Latvian Painters of the 20th Century”, Paris; Bordeaux; Strasbourg / France.
1991 - “Contemporary Latvian Painting”, Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia.
1989 - “Contemporary Soviet Painters from Riga”, Eduard Nakhamkin’s Fine Art Gallery, New York / USA.
1988 - “Riga – Lettische Avantgarde”, Staatliche Kunsthalle, West Berlin / Germany.
             Gallery International Images, Pittsburgh / USA.
             Valdis Āboliņš Memorial Exhibition, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
1987 - Fine art exhibition of Soviet Latvia, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution (1940s–1970s), State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
            Fine art exhibition “Soviet Country”, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia.
            Competitive exhibition of painting for the 7th Vilnius Painting Triennial, Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia.
            7th Vilnius Painting Triennial, Lithuanian Art Museum, Vilnius / Lithuania.
1986 - Exhibition of Soviet Latvian painting, Central House of Artists, Moscow / Russia
1985 - 40th International Venice Biennial, Venice / Italy.
            Art Biennial of Baltic Sea Region, Rauma / Finland.
            “Youth of the Land”, retrospective exposition from museum’s collections dedicated to the 12th World-Wide Youth and Students’ Festival, Central House of Artists, Moscow / Russia.
             International art exhibition, EXPO–85, Tokyo / Japan.
            “Soviet Latvian Painting”, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
             Fine art exhibition, dedicated to the 40th anniversary of LSSR Art Foundation, Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia.
             Art exhibition dedicated to Krišjānis Barons’ 150th anniversary, Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia.
             Republican fine art exhibition dedicated to the 27th Congress of Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia.
             Art Days exhibition dedicated to the 40th anniversary since the Great Victory, Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia.
             Exhibition of Soviet Latvian painting from the collection of the LSSR State Museum of Art, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
             “Latvian Textile and Maija Tabaka’s Paintings”, culture festival of Baltic Sea region, Kalmar / Sweden.
1984 - “Nature. Environment. Man”, St. Peter’s Church, Riga / Latvia.
            “Art of Soviet Latvia”, Central House of Artists, Moscow / Russia.*
            Republican fine art exhibition “Land and People”, Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia.
1983 - “Art of Soviet Latvia”, Artists’ Union Central Exhibition Hall, Leningrad (present St. Petersburg) / Russia.
1982 - Painting exhibition dedicated to the 10th Congress of LSSR Artists’ Union, Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia.
            All-Soviet Union art exhibition “USSR – Our Native Country”, Central House of Artists, Moscow / Russia.
1981 - All-Soviet Union art exhibition “We build Communism”, Central House of Artists, Moscow / Russia.
            Fine art exhibition “For Peace and Disarmament”, Central House of Artists, Moscow / Russia.
1980 - “Artists’ Portraits and Self-portraits”, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
             Fine Art Exhibition “We build Communism”, dedicated to the 40th anniversary since restoration of Soviet power in Latvia, Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia.
             Exhibition dedicated to the 75th anniversary of LSSR Art Museum, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.*
1979 - Exhibition of Soviet Latvian painting, Museum of Local Studies Exhibition Palace, Panevėžys / Lithuania.
1978,1977 – 8th, 7th Freie Berlinische Kunstausstellung, Berlin City Exhibition Hall, West Berlin / Germany.
1978, 1975 - 3rd, 4th Baltic Painting Triennial, Lithuanian Art Museum, Vilnius / Lithuania.
1978 - Rostock, Riga and Szczecin art exhibition, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock / Germany.
1977 - Fine art exhibition “Under October Flag”, dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
            Exhibition dedicated to the 9th congress of the Latvian SSR Artists’ Union, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
1976 - “Self-portrait in Russian and Soviet Artists’ Works”, State Tretyakov Gallery Moscow / Russia.
           Fine art exhibition dedicated to the 25th Congress of Communist Party of the Soviet Union, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
1975 -  Gunta Liepiņa’s , Maija Tabaka’s, Leonīds Mauriņš’ and Bruno Vasiļevskis’ works, Dzintari Exhibition Hall, Dzintari / Latvia.
           Fine art exhibition “Glory to the Work”, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
           Painting exhibition “Female Image in Soviet Latvian Art” dedicated to the    International Women’s Year, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
           All-Soviet Union art exhibition “Glory to the Work”, Central Exhibition Hall Manezh, Moscow / Russia.
1974 - All-Soviet Union portrait exhibition “Friendship”, Lithuanian Art Museum, Vilnius / Lithuania; Belarus Artists’ Union Art Palace, Minsk / Belarus.
            Travelling fine art and applied art exhibition of Baltic Republics, Neue Berliner Galerie im Alten Museum, Berlin / Germany; Rostock Kunsthalle, Rostock / Germany; National Museum, Gdansk / Poland; Szolnoki Galeria*, Budapest / Hungary; Bratislava / Slovakia; Prague / Czech Republic; Warsaw / Poland; Belgrade / Yugoslavia.
            ”New Acquisitions in 1972–1973. Painting. Exhibition from Latvian SSR Art  Museum Collections”, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.*
Since 1974Republican fine art exhibition “Art Days”, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia (1974–1978); Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia (1981, 1986, 1988).
1973 - “20 Realists from the Soviet Union”, 3rd International Art Exhibition, Düsseldorf / Germany.
            Fine art exhibition dedicated to the 50th anniversary of USSR and 100th anniversary of LSSR Folksong Festivals, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
Since 1973 annual autumn exhibitions: Liepāja History and Art Museum, Liepāja / Latvia; State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia (1976, 1979); Museum of Foreign Art, Riga / Latvia (1977–1978); Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia (1980–1984, 1986–1987); State Museum of Art Exhibition Hall Arsenāls (1990, 2002)

Awards:
2008 - Ministry of Culture Republic of Latvia Award for lifetime contribution to national culture care
2004
- Freeman of the Jurmala city
2000 - Three-Star Orden of the Republic of Latvia
1984 - Artist of Outstanding Public Service of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic

Selected Public collections:
State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.
Artists’ Union of Latvia Museum, Riga / Latvia.
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow / Russia.
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / Germany.
Ludwig Museum, Cologne / Germany.
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick / New Jersey / USA.

Greatest  Private collections:
Ainārs Gulbis’ private collection, Riga / Latvia.

Artist catalogue:
MAIJA TABAKA.Solo exhibition in the State Museum of Art. Riga: Riga Gallery, 2004
MAIJA TABAKA. PAINTINGS. Riga: LIESMA, 1983

Selected Editions:
100 Latvijas sievietes kultūrā un politikā. Riga: Latvijas Universitāte, 2008
Art of teh Baltics: The Struggle for Freedom of Artistic Expression under the Soviet, 1945-1991.Ed. by Alla Rosenfeld, Norton T.Dodge. London: Rutgers Iniversity Press, 2002
Latvijas Glezniecība: 1945-1985 Plus [catalogue]. Ilze Konstante. Riga: Doma, 2000
The Joy of Being [catalogue]. Riga: Valsts Mākslas muzejs, 2000
Baltic Art: Contemporary Paintings and Sculptures: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania [catalogue]. Washington, USA:World Premiere Baltic Art Exhibition, 2000
Nonconformist Art. The Soviet experience, 1956-1986. The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection.Ed. by Alla Rosenfeld, Norton T.Dodge. London: Themes and Hudson. 1995
Nodieva Aija. Latviešu jaunākā glezniecība. Riga: LIESMA, 1981
Rīga – latviešu avangards [catalogue]. Berlin: 1988. — 80.
MAIJA TABAKA. REGINA



MAIJA TABAKA. THE COLOSSEUM



MAIJA TABAKA. FLIGHT



MAIJA TABAKA. HOUSE ON THE HILLTOP



MAIJA TABAKA. MARBLE MOUNTAINS



MAIJA TABAKA. THE FRAGILE GROUND



MAIJA TABAKA. NIGHT



MAIJA TABAKA. STORM



MAIJA TABAKA. REGĪNA BY THE TABLE



MAIJA TABAKA. AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD



MAIJA TABAKA. PERFORMANCE



MAIJA TABAKA. DANCE



MAIJA TABAKA. Girl and the Sea



MAIJA TABAKA. Dance



MAIJA TABAKA. Blooming Swamp



MAIJA TABAKA. Mountain Lake



MAIJA TABAKA. Ņina and Sando



MAIJA TABAKA. Pyramid



MAIJA TABAKA. City Madonna.



MAIJA TABAKA. Army of terracotta



MAIJA TABAKA. Legend



MAIJA TABAKA. OPERA



MAIJA TABAKA. SKY AND THE SEA



MAIJA TABAKA. BROKEN TREE



MAIJA TABAKA. KALEIDOSCOPE



MAIJA TABAKA. PALACE GARDEN



MAIJA TABAKA. RITUAL



MAIJA TABAKA. IRLAND'S BEAUTY



MAIJA TABAKA. BRIDGES



MAIJA TABAKA. FLORENCE IN WINTER



MAIJA TABAKA. PALACE GARDEN