Exhibition through testimonies of material culture will talk about Latvian society in several stages of history. How was latvian painting, what role was in design? How is it discussed about the different periods of beautiful and contemporary, the boundaries of design and art? How does design change with fluctuations of well-being? Which trends have new design directions?
Design seeks to be contemporary – ideas that designers often come in response to a functional problem, need or consumer lust.
A successful design solution is inevitably linked to the technology of the moment and the aesthetic ideas, thus embodying the values and everyday life of society. Suddenly, Ansis Cīrulis and Julijs Madernieks with textile and furniture ensembles, and Baltars' workshop, and the most significant examples of book publishing ("Golden apple"), "Minox", "VEF". Spīdola ", the design of Porcelain Factory in Riga in the 1960s, Riga posters school, Zaigas and Māra Gaiļu" Furniture for young people ".
The "LITIGATION TIME – Design Letters on Latvia" exhibition will look back on 100 years since the foundation of Latvia, when design gradually became an independent discipline, separating itself from art, architecture, crafts and industry.
This exhibition will not be a chronological story of the achievements of centuries old – episodes in design history will be simplified, seeking common themes and starting points for activities of different generations of designers.
Along with design objects, the exhibition includes video, photographs, and other testimonies that will reveal the contexts in which these objects are created and used. The project is the highlight of the collection of the Museum of Decorative Art and Design, the Latvian Archives of the Latvian State Archives of Films, the National Library of Latvia and other memory institutions.
The exhibition will complement the collection of articles in which you will be able to get acquainted with the research articles on important pages of history in the Latvian design, such as the legacy of Julian Madernieke, the military trade of the army as the most modern Baltic thirties, the planar plates built by Karlis Irbitis, graphic identity of the VEF factory , kinetic art projects, etc.
The second part of the catalog will be interviewed to document fathers stories about important timeframes from the age of 30 to today.
In parallel with the exhibition, the Museum of Decorative Art and Design prepares a wide range of events: a scientific conference, creative workshops, meetings, excursions and other activities.