National Museum of Decorative Arts
June 16/September 5 2021
Curators: Velta Raudzepa e María Ortega
The exhibition Tradition and Modernity – Latvian Textile Art commemorates the centenary anniversary of diplomatic relations between Latvia and Spain, established on April 9, 1921.
This is the first monographic exhibit of Latvian textile art in Madrid. The exhibition highlights the characteristics and evolution of Latvian textile art by offering a complete overview of the history, traditions, and current innovations.
The exhibition’s core comes from the collections of the Latvian Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, The Latvian National Museum of Art, and private collections. In addition, there are significant works by prominent contemporary artists. In total, Latvian textile art is represented by 48 artworks created by 29 artists.
The exhibition focuses on two areas of textile art; historic (or traditional) and contemporary textiles. The exhibition discourse of contemporary textile art is represented through the work of Latvian creator Edīte Pauls-Vīgnere. The exhibition includes outstanding artworks from her career, such as “Corrida,” “Pasos,” and “Coronas.” These are tributes to the famous Spanish artist Juan Miró. Although the artist has never been to Spain, she has always had a special love for Spanish art and culture.
The exhibition is organized by the Latvian National Museum of Art in cooperation with the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid and the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Spain. The exhibit was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and the State Capital of the Latvian Art Foundation.