Press conference: Synergy. Contemporary Tendencies in Metal Art and Design
14.12.2017 12:00
To mark the opening of the exhibition “Synergy. Contemporary Tendencies in Metal Art and Design” at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga (10/20 Skārņu Street), from 15 December to 28 January 2018, we cordially invite media representatives to attend the press conference and preview of the exhibition on Thursday, 14 December 2017, at 12.00. Registration: 11.30–12.00

Exhibition traces the current trends in the field, the artists’ working directions and creative endeavours for experimental and classical forms in jewellery art, objects and design, aiming to highlight peculiarities and specifics in synergy with the material, which can reveal itself in form, structure, rhythm, colour, light, visual, spatial and psychological perception of the object as well as the synthesis of various senses.


The realisation of the project was motivated by the fact that there has been a lack of exhibitions that would popularise contemporary trends in metal art and provide a broader overview of the work of a group of artists engaged in this sphere. Therefore, one of the goals of the exposition is to draw attention to metal art as a field of art, to see similarities and search for differences in the dialogue among the artists.


Metal art is an active phenomenon in Latvian history of culture with developed traditions – beginning from the goldsmiths’ guilds in Riga and the smiths in forges all the way to forging and casts in the Soviet ideological climate and contemporary authors, whose expressions vary from individual search for form in the context of art to the fulfilling of standard commercial orders merging into the field of contemporary design and entrepreneurship.



Latvian National Museum of Art, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design



State Culture Capital Foundation (Latvia)



Andra Silapētere, art historian, researcher,

Curator and Project Manager, the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art



Iliāna Veinberga, art historian

Kristians Brekte, artist, scenographer

Jānis Dzirnieks, artist, designer



Ieva Zvejniece, Curator of Design and Decorative Woodworking Art Collection,

Museum of Decorative Arts and Design / Latvian National Museum of Art,

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