Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art


One of the aims of the LCCA is the research of contemporary art, which results in exhibitions, publications, discussions, seminars and educational programmes. LCCA is the largest repository of information in Latvia about local and international contemporary art processes and provides access to a broad range of archival materials and literature. Since 1993, it gathers information about artists, exhibitions and events, including – reproductions of artworks, photographs, videos, publications, etc. LCCA regularly expands a unique collection of visual and informative materials about contemporary art and its processes in Latvia and abroad from the 1960s to the present. LCCA Research Centre consists of a reading room, a digital collection and an extensive database of research materials.

Research / Publications

LCCA publishes art catalogues and exhibition booklets, theoretical anthologies and original thematic publications – studies on Latvian contemporary art in Latvian and English, as well as series of translations into Latvian of important writings in contemporary art theory. LCCA publications are available at bookshops in Latvia and LCCA Online Shop. 

Research / Reading Room

LCCA Reading Room provides access to information about the projects organised by the art centre, events in Latvian art since the 1960s, Latvian and international publications on current art processes, catalogues of the most significant art exhibitions, books, as well as leading periodicals devoted to contemporary art and criticism: KDiena, Rīgas Laiks, Kunst.ee, Artforum, Art Margins, Frieze, Mousse, October, Parkett, Texte zur Kunst and others.

The Reading Room is open on weekdays from 12-18

Address: Alberta iela 13, Floor 7
Riga, LV-1010

Visitors are invited to make a prior appointment:
+ 371 67039282

Research / Artists Database

LCCA Reading Room provides extensive information about Latvian artists, including documentation of artworks, photographs, manuscripts, sketches, press publications, video and audio recordings, posters and artefacts, constructing a complex account of the recent past. LCCA offers consultations to researchers, curators and other interested parties. LCCA also holds private archives of several authors, making an important contribution to the history of Latvian contemporary art through their research. The result of the research of the archives of multimedia pioneers Hardijs Lediņš (1955–2004) and Juris Boiko (1954–2002) is the anthology NSRD. Juris Boiko and Hardijs Lediņš (2016). The archive of art curator Valdis Āboliņš' (1939–1984) correspondence serves as the basis for a publication Valdis Āboliņš. The avant-garde, mailart, the New Left and cultural relations during the Cold War (2019).

Research / Digital Collection

The collections of the LCCA include an extensive repository of digitized reproductions of works of art and other materials, which is part of the European database for cultural heritage Europeana. The digital collection contains the materials gathered in the art centre database and archive – typescripts, manuscripts, transparencies, reproductions of paintings and original works on paper, encompassing disparate processes of contemporary art in Latvia.

NB! In case of reproduction of the materials reference to the collection of the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art is mandatory! For larger resolution images please write to mara@lcca.lv or call + 371 67039282

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