International Exhibition “Surprising Lace”

International Exhibition “Surprising Lace”
Publicity photo . Paper lace by Lithuanian artist Odeta Bražėnienė
The “Riga 2014” exhibition “Surprising Lace” will open in St. Peter’s Church on the 11th of November, presenting works by artists, designers and craftsmen inspired by themes and motifs in traditional and folk art. The broad range of the exhibits includes old, new, authentic, intricate and not so intricate designs, including ones inspired by other cultures.

Artists, designers, experts from traditional applied art studios, craftsmen from twelve countries will participate in the exhibition, including 25 international artists representing Finland, Germany, Norway, Bulgaria, England, France, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Ireland, Georgia, as well as 81 artists from Latvia. The exhibition will be on show until the 18th of January, 2015.

Nothing exists on its own in culture. It starts in every one of us, from very simple things to such complex concepts as family, work, the environment we live in, relationships, striving for knowledge and art – everything that is integral part of our lives. The international exhibition “Unusual Lace” follows up on this principle, focussing on us, the people, our skills and inexhaustible creativity in various arts, design, architecture and crafts.

The exhibition explores several themes: ethnography, crafts and traditional arts, art and design, classical lace, architecture and urban environment, fashion design and lace, and nature. The curator and author of the artistic concept of the exhibition is Dagmāra Prīberga, Dr. sc. ing. (idea, content, management). The exhibition’s creative goup, headed by Mārtiņš Heimrāts, Mg. art. (exhibition design), includes Deputy Director of St. Peter’s Church Una Jansone (technical matters and organisational environment), artist Katrīna Neiburga, Mg. art. (installations, multimedia), artists Baiba Vaivare, Mg. art., Dace Pudāne, Mg. art., Juris Leitāns, Mg. art., Aiva Bumbure, Mg. art. and Gita Prīberga, Mg. sc. ing.

Exhibition “New Art and Interdisciplinary Co-operation in Arts and Crafts” will be held from the 19th to 21st of November as part of the exhibition. The experience of interdisciplinary collaborations differs from one country to another. The main themes at the conference will deal with examples of good practice of interdisciplinary co-operation in Latvia and Europe, preconditions for viable and mutually advantageous co-operation between specialists in various arts.

The European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga is prepared and run by the foundation “Riga 2014” in collaboration with state, municipal and non-governmental cultural organisations and creative associations. The Programme is financed by the Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture and the European Commission, and offered to the public in partnership with “Lattelecom”, which also provides technical support for the Programme.

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