Express Exhibition dedicated to Architect Makss Šervinskis' 160th Birth Anniversary


The exhibition dedicated to architect Makss Šervinskis' 160th birth anniversary was opened on November 1, 2019. It features Riga 700th anniversary exhibition’s souvenirs and architect’s memorabilia. Max Scherwinsky (1859–1909) was an architect, a designer, also an artist. In 1899 together with the architect Alfred Aschenkampf Scherwinsky participated in the reconstruction of the house of book publisher Alexander Grosset at 7 Audēju Street – thus one of the first Art Nouveau buildings in Riga was built. In 1900 Scherwinsky won the contest for providing the architectonic solution for Riga 700th anniversary exhibition: he was entrusted with the task of planning the layout of the exhibition and producing building projects. Since 1888 he was the director of Riga School for Crafts. Among his students were painters Janis Rozentāls and Vilhelms Purvītis, as well as many future Latvian construction entrepreneurs, cabinetmakers and master craftsmen of other fields of applied art.