Latvian Decorative Arts and Design: from 1970s to present

The display is being renewed. We will welcome you in December 2021.


The display continues on the third floor with decorative art and design work created after 1970. The 1970s and 80s saw a creative blossoming in all branches of decorative art. This was a time of outstanding personalities when works were dominated by individual style and not the concrete characteristics of an age. Textile art and ceramics became the leading art forms in this period. Many artists received international recognition (Pēteris Martinsons, Silvija Šmidkena, Leons Lukšo, Juta Rindina, Edīte Pauls-Vīgnere, Pēteris Sidars, Zaiga Putrāma).

In order to reflect the development processes of textile art, the display accents works that make use new non-traditional materials and innovative techniques. The display also includes the other branches of decorative art with an accent on the continuity of artistic creativity from the 1970s to the present day: leather art, metal and jewellery design, decorative glass. The display is regularly supplemented with new acquisitions form recent years.


The museum’s design collection has been systematically formed since 2005 when, in line with the demands of the age, the name of the museum was also changed (formerly the Museum of Decorative Applied Art). After the renewal of the permanent display in 2012, the design collection is also regularly on show. We are the only museum in Latvia and the world that preserves and researches professional Latvian design. The design collection strategy focuses on both unique works of design and examples of industrial design. Because of limited space, the numerically modest design display accents success stories of Latvian design from recent decades revealing the designers’ innovative approach, socially responsible thinking as well as the continuity of folk craft traditions and the ethnographic heritage. This part of the display is also regularly supplemented with the latest acquisitions.

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