Museum of Decorative Arts Exhibits Historic and Contemporary Light Objects
From February 15 through April 1, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design is showcasing a selection of various light objects created from the early 20th century up to today.
The exhibition aims at showing the differences of light perception in our minds and life in the flow of time and revealing the stylistic peculiarities and aesthetic ideals of each period separately. It also deals with experimentations in the field of lighting and application of materials.
Along with functional light objects for daily use, splendid objects of decorative art, unique artworks and excellent products of industrial design, displayed are paintings, photos and works in textile materials, accentuating the dominant of light.
One of the most interesting objects in the show is the big size lamp The Great 1, which is a creative transformation of the classical table lamp L-1, created way back in the year 1927 by the company Luxo. Numerous viewers of the exhibition will, probably, recall it as the Big Lamp and the Small Lamp from the short films produced by the film studio Pixar.
Also on display are efforts by young Latvian designers: Gints Zilbalodis, Armands Vecvanags, Ilze Začeste, Marta Ģibiete, the Esetti design studio, Kanvas Ltd., Mammalampa Ltd., and others. A special guest to the exhibition is Lithuanian artist Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė who loves innovations and experiments with crude industrially produced elements executed in textile handicraft techniques.
The creation of the historical survey of the exhibition - our path, beginning from the light objects characteristic to Art Nouveau, leading to the stylish lamps of Art Deco, and next going to the light objects designed during the Soviet period - was possible thanks to the collections of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Rīga History and Navigation Museum, and Latvian National Museum of History.