In Riga, in the Centre of the renovation of wooden architecture KokaRiga opened the exhibition “pictures of Waldemar Anderson — 1920-30-ies the eyes of contemporaries”. Despite the fact that the artist and photographer Anderson is a native of Riga, the organizers of this unique exhibition were from Moscow.
The fact that the fate of Waldemar Anderson literally wove Russia and Latvia. During the First World war he was in the army, in the 7th Latvian rifle regiment. And in November, 1917, the composition of the combined company of the Latvian red Riflemen began the service for the protection of the Smolny Palace in Petrograd… later, when the Soviet government moved to Moscow, the Latvians were also entrusted with security functions.
Young artists that existed among the Latvian Riflemen, organized an art workshop, led by Waldemar Anderson. By 1922 he retired from service in the Kremlin and engaged in creativity . In addition to painting, became seriously involved in photography. His pictures of everyday life in those years, a kind of visual diary, allowing to plunge into the atmosphere of the time, and presented at the exhibition opened in Riga.
Alas, the life of Waldemar Anderson ended tragically. He, the Professor of VKhUTEMAS, was shot at Butovo in 1938 for “counter-revolutionary fascist terrorist organization.”
His work, historical artifacts, a long time lying in the Lubyanka, and only after he was rehabilitated, they came to relatives, – tells the organizer of the exhibition, the head of the NP “the Link of times” and the charity Fund “the power of the spirit” Alexander Shlychkov. – Then I purchased it. We brought the collection home of Waldemar Anderson, to as many people as possible saw it. It is important for us with items to give a picture of history that is not so, as do the politicians who need to justify their actions. And look at this history through the eyes of the common man, the common man, an eyewitness of those events, contemporary. It is very important for relations between Russia and Latvia, especially Russian lives here 30%. Consider this my contribution to a kind of public diplomacy.
The exhibition was located on two floors of the old wooden building from 1876 — Museum Center renovation KokaRiga.
The Museum’s Director, historian Waldemar Eichenbaum at its opening said:
– I am very pleased that the work of Waldemar Anderson will be able to see his countrymen. For a long time we didn’t know how Russia lived in this revolutionary time. The pictures never came — even letters rarely reached, because those who corresponded with Latvia immediately seized and arrested. And I looked at these pictures with great interest. They capture, they are very expressive. For example, look at this old man — twinkle in some eyes! And another observation: before and after collectivization are very different people — their eyes, hair, facial features. Here’s the girls after the collectivization of the hair have been trimmed…
At the opening of the exhibition welcome speech said the head of the cultural projects of the Eastern Executive Directorate of the Riga city Council Aija Brade and Director of the Military Museum of Latvia Aya Playa.