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23.05.2017

Two exhibitions taking place in Riga

Exhibition "European Cultural Lifestyle in Ceramics from Baroque until Today"

European Cultural Lifestyle in Ceramics from Baroque until Today” is a travelling international exhibition devoted to the development of ceramics in Europe from the 17th century to the present day, focussing on the social aspects of this broad, diverse phenomenon i.e. how everyday life and habits were directly affected by changes in Europe over five centuries, and how these shifts were indirectly reflected in the artistry and production of majolica, ceramics, faience, and porcelain.

From 2015 to 2017 the exhibition “European Cultural Lifestyle in Ceramics from Baroque until Today” was on show in Serbia, Germany, Spain, Italy, the UK, and Estonia. Riga, Latvia, is its final destination, coordinated by the Riga Porcelain museum. In addition to The Riga Porcelain Museum objects that are featured in the exhibition, visitors will be able to see treasures from Rundale and Palace Museum, Latvia – “Courland décor” is the designation given to the design of the porcelain service ordered from Berlin’s Royal Porcelain Factory around 1787 by Duke Peter von Biron, the son of Duke of Courland Ernst Johann von Biron, for his newly acquired Friedrichsfelde Palace. With some variations, “Courland décor” is still being made today, for example in 2003 a “Courland décor” service was given by the Burgomaster of Berlin to Latvia’s then President Vaira Vīķe Freiberga. This and other numerous examples throughout the exhibition testify that the overall experience in the European cultural space is not a construct of this show – it is a history which over the centuries has connected a number of European states and societies.

At the start of the exhibition’s journey an English-language catalogue titled “European Cultural Lifestyle in Ceramics from Baroque until Today” was published (MIC Faenza, 2015). The Riga exhibition is accompanied by an issue in Latvian language (Association of Culture Institutions of Riga City Council, 2017).

The exhibition takes place in the exhibition hall „Riga Art Space“, Kungu street 3, Riga, Latvia from 7 April until 18 June 2017.

 

Exhibition "The Collection | Latvia international ceramics biennale"

The exhibition “The Collection | Latvia international ceramics biennale” displays contemporary ceramics collection in cooperation with the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center. With works from 118 different contemporary ceramics artists from Latvia and around the world, the exhibition is organised at the Riga Art Space's main hall, in a unique scenographic presentation. Curators: Māris Čačka, Valentīns Petjko.

The exhibition takes place in the exhibition hall „Riga Art Space“, Kungu street 3, Riga, Latvia from 7 April until 30 July 2017.