Exhibition of the 6th International Symposium for Porcelain Painting
The exhibition of the 6th International Symposium for Porcelain Painting "TOGETHER 2017" will be on view at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga (Skārņu iela 10/20) from 4 August to 10 September 2017.
From 26 June to 7 July, Latvian and foreign porcelain artists, participants of the 6th International symposium TOGETHER 2017, were welcomed at Zvārtava Castle, which is the International Art and Education Centre of the Latvian Artists’ Union.
In 2007, the organization of the symposia at Zvārtava was taken over by the Chair of Ceramics Faculty of the Art Academy of Latvia, in cooperation with the Latvian Artists’ Union, and the symposium for porcelain painting is held here every second year. It is an opportunity for artists to be together, collaborate and gain new experience in an incredibly complex discipline – decoration of porcelain dishes. Artists are eager for experimentation and discoveries, and novelty in the field, so applications for participation in the symposium are numerous. The symposium has already gained international recognition by bringing together artists from different parts of the world.
This year, Eiženija Loginova, the curator of the symposium, associate professor at the Ceramics Department of the Art Academy of Latvia, alongside with Latvian artists, had invited twenty four artists, engaged in different art disciplines, coming from England, Austria, Russia, Turkey, Poland, etc.
Painting on a porcelain vase of a considerable size – this was the major theme of the 6th symposium and exhibition. Prominent Latvian artist Inese Brants has assessed this activity in a following way: “The porcelain vase embodies the philosophical categories of fragility and eternity. The artist’s painting on a vase shows his or her respect to the material. In the magic process of painting and firing endows an article with its own special aura. The painted vase at the end embodies the creative power of the personality.”
Already in 1989, at the symposium led by Inese Brants, previously located at the Dzintari Creative house, various kinds of porcelain articles were decorated. Their artistic level was so high that the best works were purchased to complement the collections of the museums and the Latvian Artists’ Union. Since then, artists have been following the tradition of presenting their works at the end of the symposiums to the collection of contemporary porcelain displayed in the interior of Zvārtava Castle.
The tradition of porcelain painting in Latvia is associated with the famous porcelain painting workshop Baltars (1924–1928). Artworks created by this group of artists in 1925 at the International exhibition in Paris gained undivided attention and the highest appreciation, making the name of our new, independent state recognizable on the world art scene.
Latvia is also proud about porcelain art today, and as we can see, judging by local and international exhibitions and the recognition received there, as well as the catalogues and publications devoted to porcelain art published recently in Latvia, interest in this art discipline exists and is still in the spotlight. Contacts, seminars, workshops and creative work during the symposium also activate integration of Latvian art into international arena.
Latvian Artists’ Union, Art Academy of Latvia, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
Eiženija Loginova, Associate Professor at the Ceramics Department of the Art Academy of Latvia
Dace Ļaviņa, Curator of the Latvian Ceramics Collection, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design / Latvian National Museum of Art