100 music and art schools in Latvia receive a DVD-format film „I WILL NOT DIE”

News - May 21, 2014

This week, a DVD-format film „I WILL NOT DIE” will be made available to 100 music and art schools in Latvia. Dedicated to Ilmars Blumberg, the film was initiated by a patron of arts Valeri Belokon and sponsored by Baltic International Bank.

PictureIn autumn 2013, Blumberg’s solo exhibition titled „I will Not Die” was held at the Arsenals Exhibition Hall (the Latvian National Museum of Art) to celebrate the artist’s 70-year jubilee. The event also showcased the eponymously-named book about Blumberg’s life and art. During the opening of the exhibition, the patron of arts Valeri Belokon, Ilmars Blumberg and Anita Vanaga (an art historian, the exhibition overseer) arrived at the idea of making the film to immortalize the artist’s story, narrated first-hand, about his exhibition and the creation of his artworks. Due to the creative efforts of the film directors Janis Redlikh and Maya Smildzina, the premiere of the film was held on 27 February 2014.  

The film „I Will Not Die” tells us about the author and the principle of the creation. The film focuses on Blumberg’s stream of consciousness where the times, real-life events and different layers of culture are interacting. The artist delivers his monologue during his solo exhibition held at the Arsenal Exhibition Hall.  „Everything is speaking to you. The form brings together the most unimaginable places. As if snowflakes are melting on the surface of a bright yellow object-glass. This is one of the greatest games where no bluff is even expected. The Human Being and the God. The Life and the Death. The Man and the Woman. And you yourself standing vis-à-vis”, says Ilmars Blumberg in the film.

Picture„The works created by Grandmaster Blumberg are not perceived as art only. The great works remind us about the life which stretches beyond the limits of measurable time,” says the patron of arts and the Chairperson of the Council of Baltic International Bank Valeri Belokon. „It is impossible therefore to say that the idea to make the film is the brainchild of a single person because everyone who immerses himself in Blumberg’s art wishes to immortalize it. We’re happy to be side by side with the Grandmaster throughout his artistic advancement. Let this film be a source of inspiration for everyone in their artistic growth!”

The film signifies a continuance of the partnership with a famous Latvian artist Ilmars Blumberg. Originally, fundamentals of the partnership were laid down by the Chairperson of the Council and the principal shareholder of Baltic International Bank Valeri Belokon in 2009. At that time, Bank sponsored a triumphant return of Verdi’s epic AIDA to Latvian National Opera’s repertoire, and Ilmars Blumberg presented a splendid visual interpretation of the performance. In autumn 2013, the artist celebrated his 70-year jubilee. Baltic International Bank sponsored Blumberg’s solo exhibition titled „I Will Not Die”, and the edition of the eponymously-named book about the artist’s life and art.

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