Open-Air Art Museum at Pedvale
Pedvale, Abavas pagasts
Contact: Ojars Feldbergs, Director
Tel: +371 7622 335
Fax:+ 371 7228 808
Pedvale is situated in the ancient valley of the Abava river,
near the small country town of Sabile, about 120 km from Riga, the capital
Pedvale as a settlement has been mentioned in the chronicles
as early as 1230. During the following centuries two country estates-
Firkspedvale and Brinkpedvale were established there by the ruling German
barons. After the Second World War, when Russia occupied Latvia, these
estates were abandoned and partially destroyed. In 1993, after Latvia
had regained independence, Latvian sculptor Ojars Feldbergs established
an Open Air Art Museum there, starting a new era in the history of Pedvale.
His idea was to reorganize and reshape the old estates and the surrounding
territory (130 ha) into a center for arts and culture.
Today in the permanent collection of this privately-owned
museum there are more than 150 works by local and foreign artists. Ongoing
exhibitions, conferences, symposiums, workshops and pleinairs are important
elements of the museum activities.
The Museum welcomes creative professionals working in various
media including sculptors, painters, printmakers, installation and performance
artists. The requirement for participating individuals is for them to
incorporate their artwork into the unique settings of the natural environment,
filled with ravines, slopes,meadows and brooks. Artists are encouraged
to draw their inspiration from nature and to use locally found materials.
It is possible for 15 artists to live and work there concurrently. The
ongoing restoration process limits the available studio space.
Admission: Adult-$2; Child $1, tour guide- $14 (in English)
$10 (in Latvian). Hours: 9am - 6pm everyday. April through October.
The rustic setting includes a small hotel, restaurant, conference
hall, and picnic areas.
Free parking available, e-mail for driving instructions.
Individual and group tours are available.
Hotel, Conference hall, restaurant, restrooms and gift shop.
Guided tours are available.