The exhibition will be held in Riga Porcelain museum from 1 October to 14 November 2021
The theme of the 2021 exhibition is “Plants.” The artists were invited to explore the relationships between humans, plants and nature in general. Living in the city, it is easy to ignore plants or view them merely as decorative elements. However, their impact on our lives and the importance of the relationships between them is far greater than we might imagine. Finding ourselves in nature, we can shed the stereotype that we are slaves to it, and instead realise that we are inescapably dependant on each other. The constant rejuvenation process which plants undergo may be a source of terror or inspiration. The constant cycles of life remind us that we can’t just stay in the same place, hold back the inevitable or speed up the natural order of things.
A total of 47 applications were received from 17 countries, from which works by 27 artists were selected for the exhibition. The full list of artists you can read HERE!
The artists have addressed the theme of plants in a range of ways, through using the aesthetic qualities of and associations inspired by natural forms, as well as exploring biomechanical and ecological themes in an appraising or socio-critical manner. Although the works are small, they concentrate the thoughts and worldview of the specific artist and demonstrate various porcelain processing techniques.
Riga Porcelain Museum has been hosting international small form porcelain exhibitions since 2006, and in 2014 the museum added a new aspect to the events by setting a specific theme. This year the permitted maximum size of the works has been raised from 15 cm to 21 cm. The jury comprised staff members of Riga Porcelain Museum and an invited expert, artist Dainis Pundurs.
During the exhibition, an exposition of Dainis’ Pundurs works titled “For the Dismantling of Construction” are on display in the museum’s windows.
In the photo: Anca Niculina Mihăilă (Rumania) “Ascension” 2021