An exhibition “Nordic Saga in Glass and Porcelain. Denmark. Sweden. 19th-21st century” is open at the Museum of Foreign Arts (Pils laukums 3) in Riga until May 7, 2006.
The exhibition features applied arts’ pieces made in Denmark and Sweden during centuries 19-21, and includes exhibits from several well recognized Nordic factories: Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory and Bing & Grendal Porcelain Factory in Copenhagen, Clair Factory, Factory Aluminia, Factory P. Ibsen’s Widow, Holmegard Glass Factory, Porcelain and Faience Factory in Rärstrand and Gustavsberg, as well as Orrefors Glass Factory.
Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory, Holmegaard’s Glass Factory (Denmark), Porcelain and Faience Factory in Rärstrand, as well as Orrefors Glass Factory in Sweden, have sent their newest articles, especially for this exhibition.
A part of the exhibition is created from collections of the Museum of Foreign Arts, Rundale Palace Museum and the Museum of Riga History and Navigation. Special attention can be drawn to the collection of the Museum of Foreign Arts including pieces from exhibitions that were arranged in Riga during 20th-century thirties. A part of the exhibits was bought by the museum, others were received as gifts at that time.
However, the greatest part of the exhibition consists of pieces from the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory and Bing & Grendal Porcelain Factory in Denmark. These porcelain exhibits are in soft bluish/greyish/ greenish colours and this kind of porcelain was popular in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century.
The exhibition offers an exclusive opportunity to see a set of The Nobel Dinner Table, which was made by leading Swedish designers in 1991 for the 90th anniversary of Nobel’s Prize; a gift given by Her Majesty Queen Margrete II to Riga City Council in 1992 and two Swedish glass pieces, that were given as a present to Vaira Vike-Freiberga, the President of Latvia.
The exhibition is like a saga about Danish and Swedish porcelain and glass design development during several centuries.
This exhibition is a cooperation project between the Museum of Foreign Arts, Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia and Royal Embassy of Sweden, and it is also one of the events of the cultural program “Nordic Spring”.