From 24 January to 15 March 2020 at the Riga Porcelain Museum
Levons Agadžanjans (1940-1999) was an artist of Armenian origin whose creative life was closely linked to Latvia. His works made from porcelain, faience, clay and other materials adorn the collections of Latvia’s most important art museums and expositions as well as the crockery cabinets of many Latvian households.
Levons Agadžanjans arrived in Latvia in the mid-20th century. In 1961, after completing his tertiary art education as a ceramicist in Russia, in a typical scenario for the USSR he was sent to work at the Riga Porcelain and Faience Factory.
Levons Agadžanjans worked as a form maker for both porcelain and faience products. He achieved his ambition of working unrestrictedly as an artist by becoming a member of the Latvian SSR Union of Artists and joining the creative artists’ association “Logs” (“The Window”). In the 1970s and 1980s, in addition to making designs for mass produced products for the Riga Porcelain and Faience Factory, he also made many unique items and artworks of different format in clay, chamotte and stoneware, as well as doing original porcelain painting.
The exhibition comprises not only Levons Agadžanjans’ unique artworks, but also consumer products such as tea, coffee and lunch services, as well as designs not accepted for production and factory-made artworks whose elements transformed from one-of-a-kinds to items suited for mass production. Objects from the Riga Porcelain Museum’s collection form the core of the exposition. Levons Agadžanjans’ family and the Union of Latvian Artists have loaned exhibits to the exhibition.