EXHIBITION: Evalds Dajevskis: Place, Art and Identity

  • 26 Jan 2013
  • 1:00 PM
  • 02 Feb 2013
  • 6:00 PM
  • The Latvian Society

Exhibit poster / Izstāde plakāts

Evalds Dajevskis: Place, Art and Identity / Ēvalds Dajevskis: Vieta, Māksla un Identitāte opens at the Latvian Society of Philadelphia’s exhibition space on Saturday, January 26 at 1:00 PM. Developed by Peter Dajevskis, the artist’s son, the retrospective exhibit explores Evalds Dajevskis’ artistic roots in the ancient traditions and folkways of Latvians, which informed his work as a painter and scenographer in his native Latvia, postwar Germany and on Broadway in the United States. The exhibit explores the places he called home over his lifetime, and their impact on shaping his identity. The exhibit examines the artist's experience as a displaced person after World War II. Evalds Dajevskis created a traveling theater that performed throughout western Germany at hundreds of displaced persons (DP) camps, while he was living in a DP camp himself. His personal challenges and the Latvian émigré experience during the Cold War-era are reflected in his art.

The exhibit offers a mobile application ( that gives visitors a very personal account of the artist's works and life. Narrated by the artist's son, the app looks at the stories behind the 35 works of art on display. As part of the opening reception on January 26, Peter Dajevskis will present a tour of the show describing his personal journey of discovery as he sought the stories and places where his father lived and worked over the course of the 20th century. The exhibit was inspired in part by a New York Times article ( featuring an anonymous Latvian artist, who Peter Dajevskis, a Times subscriber, recognized as his father.

On February 2 at 2:00 PM a discussion of Evalds Dajevskis’ legacy as an artist and scenographer will be held at the Latvian Society. Eleonora Sturms, an art historian and critic, will look back at Evalds Dajevskis' contributions as a painter. A question and answer session with the curator and Ms. Sturms will follow.

The retrospective is part of a "farewell tour" of Dajevskis’ work before it becomes a part of the permanent collection of the Liepaja City Museum in Liepaja, Latvia. The previous venue for the exhibit was the Latvian Embassy in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2012. The exhibit was reviewed in the Washington Diplomat (

In May of 2014, a major retrospective exhibition including 75 works and an archive of the artist’s personal documents will be presented at the Liepaja City Museum as part of a commemoration of the artist's 100th birthday.

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