The exhibition through the testimonies of material culture will tell about Latvian society in several stages of history. How was Latvian painting what was the role in design? How have different times been discussed about beauty and contemporaries, the limits of design and art? How does the design change with welfare fluctuations? What trends do new design directions have?
Design strives to be contemporary – ideas offered by designers often come in response to a functional problem, the need or desire of consumers.
A successful design solution is inevitably linked to the technology of the moment and the aesthetic ideas, thus incorporating the values and everyday life of society. Once, both Ansis Cīrulis and Julijs Madernieks with textile and furniture assemblages, as well as the Baltars workshop and the most remarkable examples of book publications ("Golden Apple"), "Minox", "VEF Spīdola", the design the Riga Porcelain Factory in the 1960s, the Riga Poster School, Zaigas and Māra Gaiļu "Furniture for Young People".
The "DIRECT TIME" exhibition "Design Stories about Latvia" will return 100 years after the establishment of Latvia, when the project gradually became an independent discipline, separating itself from art, architecture, crafts and industry.
This exhibition will not be a chronological story of the achievements of an ancient century – the episodes in the history of design will be simplified, looking for common themes and starting points for the activities of different generations of designers.
With design objects, the exhibition includes videos, photos and other testimonies that will reveal the contexts in which these objects were created and used. The project is at the forefront of the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, the National Archives of Latvia, the Latvian State Archives of Film Documents, the Latvian National Library and other memory institutions.
The exhibition will be complemented by a collection of articles in which you will be able to familiarize yourself with research articles on important pages of Latvian design history, such as the legacy of Julia Madernieka, the Army's economic store as the most modern Baltic in the 1930s , the plywood plane built by Karlis Irbitis, the graphic identity of the VEF factory, artistic projects, etc.
The second part of the catalog will be interviewed to document witness stories about important deadlines from the age of 30 to the present.
In parallel with the exhibition, the Museum of Decorative Art and Design prepares an extensive program of events: a scientific conference, creative workshops, meetings, excursions and other activities.