Latvian Pavilion
Venice Art Biennale
Venice Architecture Biennale

  • 2019/ 58. Venice Art biennale
    Exhibition: Saules Suns


    Daiga Grantina has been selected to represent Latvia at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia with a major solo exhibition of new work.

    “Grantina’s deconstructed sculptural objects, through their materialization of light and emptiness, form a conceptually sensual language,” notes the art critic Santa Hirša, a member of the jury for the latvian pavilion 2019. “Their aesthetic could be described as that of an exploded landscape in which the plastic everyday has been divided and atomized. The artist’s extraordinary sense of materiality and volume promises an exhibition of great aesthetic potential at the Biennale.”

    The curators of the latvian pavilion, Valentinas Klimašauskas and Inga Lāce, were excited to work with Daiga Grantina, an artist they admire for her ability to combine materials in unexpected ways. By bringing together the synthetic and the organic in arrangements reminiscent of life forms and molecular structures, she develops sculptural installations that read like three-dimensional scores for imagined vibrational patterns, their scattered elements radiating colours.

    Daiga Grantina (b. 1985, Riga, Latvia) lives and works in Paris, France. Shortly before participating in Venice she has had solo exhibitions at institutions including the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2018), Kunstverein Hamburg (2017) and Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2016). Grantina has also participated in the Baltic Triennial (2018), Vienna Biennale (2017) and Bergen Assembly (2016), as well as in group exhibitions at Musée d’Orsay, Paris (2018), Villa Vassilieff, Paris (2018), Latvian National Museum of Art (2018), La Panacée, Montpellier (2018), Platform-L, Seoul (2018), Kunsthalle Mainz (2017) She studied at HFBK in Hamburg and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Daiga Grantina is represented by Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris.


    • Curators: Valentinas Klimašauskas, Inga Lāce
    • Deputy commissioner: Alexey Koshkin
    • Architect: Dagnija Smilga (ĒTER)
    • Daiga Grantina Studio manager:Lorraine Châteaux
    • Graphic designer: Toan Vu-Huu (Baldinger Vu-Huu Studio)
    • Head of communication & PR: Megija Mīlberga
    • Production assistant: Francisca Wuerz
    • Project implementation supervisor: Ieva Hlevicka (The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia)
    • Artist’s assistant: Inès Malfaisan
    • Opening event’s coordinator: Elīna Drāke
    • Project coordinator in Venice: arch. Alessandro Zorzetto (Precarious Architecture)
    • Technical crew: Lorraine Châteaux, Marie Lancelin
    • Lightning designer: Anna Lalko (Krassky)


    Main supporters: The Ministry of Cultue of the Republic of Latvia, Jānis Zuzāns (Alfor Ltd), “Joseph Tang” gallery

    Pavilion supporters: Magnetic Latvia, Delfi, Arctic Paper, Krassky, Magnum NT, Mousse, Pēteris Viņķelis


    Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Suzannah Henty, Austė Zdančiūtė, Ieva Hlevicka, Kitija Vasiļjeva, Sabīne Šnē, Annija Vanaga, Agnese Karlsone, Alīse Vorobeja, Laura Veremeja, Ketrisa Petkēviča, Solvita Āboltiņa, Agnese Pundiņa

    (Photo: Toan Vu-Huu)