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The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design invites to the international scientific conference

RIGA – On Tuesday, 11 December 2018, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga (Skārņu iela 10) will hold the international scientific conference Just on Time. Current Trends in Design Research in the Baltic Sea Region, where the invited art historians from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland will present papers about current themes related to the research of design history. Beginning at 10.00 am.

From 22 November 2018 to 27 January 2019, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design (MDAD) is showing the exhibition JUST ON TIME. Design Stories About Latvia as well as its satellite project Exhibition “Form. Colour. Dynamics” – 40 (from 7 December 2018 to 17 February 2019), which display the main trends of development and the variety of Latvian design in a very intense and complex historical period, foremostly, the 20th century, when Latvia gained its national independence, underwent several occupations and has regained the status of a sovereign state. The material environment reflects all these epochal transformations and at the same time characterises the public demand and the understanding of utility, aesthetic ideals and many other questions related to material culture. Nevertheless – as both exhibitions demonstrate – the preservation of Latvian identity has remained unchangingly relevant both by preserving links with the heritage of traditional art, initially in the spirit of National Romanticism, as well as by creatively interpreting the tradition according to the latest trends of modern art and successfully making use of the possibilities offered by the latest technologies.

An international scientific conference Just on Time. Current Trends in Design Research in the Baltic Sea Region, organized by the Latvian National Museum of Art, will be an excellent opportunity for us to assess the evolution of design in the 20th century or certain separate phenomena not in the framework of a single national school, but in a broader culture-historical and regional context.

Working languages of the conference: Latvian and English, without translation.

All interested persons are invited to join the meeting!

Free entry, prior registration is not required.

The project has been realised as part of Latvia’s Centenary Programme.

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