Exhibition | Aspazija and Rainis: the rebel and the humanist - Story of two Latvian poets

When :

from Monday 20 April, 2015
to Saturday 25 April, 2015

Type of event :


Where :

UNESCO Headquarters / Siège de l'UNESCO, Salle Pas Perdus, 125, avenue de Suffren, 75007, Paris, France

Contact :

dl.latvia@unesco-delegations.org, 01 45 68 26 40

2015 marks the celebration of the 150th anniversary of birth of two most prominent Latvian literates¬- Rainis (Jānis Pliekšāns, 1865–1929) and Aspazija (Johanna Emīlija Lizete Rozenberga, 1865–1943).

Aspazija – a rebellious, extravagant, fearless woman, ready to bring changes to old-fashioned 19th century society. Rainis – an ambitious idealist, dreaming of a new type of human, and of an independent Latvian nation. Both are poets, both are fighters, both are different, but united by love.
The works of Rainis and Aspazija laid the foundations for Latvian self-confidence and culture, and helped to strenghten the common nations’s sense of belonging. Rainis' plays and philosophical poetry and Aspazija's rebellious, temperamental and often feminist plays embody many contemporary ideas leaving indeniable mark on the philosophy, political culture and everyday language.