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House of Artist Jānis Kuga

House of Artist Jānis Kuga
Address J. Kugas Street 11, Ikšķile
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GPS [56.8274, 24.4985]

The painter Jānis Kuga was a founder of Latvian stage design. He was born in Ikšķile Municipality on 12th December 1878. The artist painted landscapes, portraits, still life, altarpieces, and stage designs. He is the author of the altarpiece in Ikšķile Church (1933), and the plafond in Riga Castle. The stage design in honour of the act of independence proclamation of Latvia at the National Theatre of Latvia on 18th November 1918 was also designed by Jānis Kuga. He has received several awards from the Cultural Fondation, and was also the recipient of with the biggest prize – diploma Grand Prix – in an exhibition of Latvian art in Paris. In 1954, he was presented with an award of honours from the American Latvian Association Cultural Foundation, and in 1960, Kuga received the National Exile Award. The house of the painter and scenographist Jānis Kuga was designed by himself. On 2nd July 1989, a memorial plaque was placed outside the building, which was a present to the artist, who was also a rector in the Art Academy of Latvia for many years, from the Sculptural faculty of the academy. 

Date: 28 / 01 / 2022
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