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Feelings in glass at Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design - located in the walls of the ancient St. George Church - has become a veritable glass sanctuary with dozens of brittle figures taking over the former church in Artis Nīmanis' fresh new exhibit 'Fragile', reported Latvian Radio Wednesday.

"We wanted to bring the ethereal into it all," he told Latvian Radio about the choice to eschew glass-cases in this exhibit.

"Something magical - that you can all but touch, but perhaps the luster, the cleanness will make the visitors keep their fingers away," said Nīmanis.

Artis Nīmanis has been working with glass for twenty years. He calls reflective-coated glass his signature style, making the surroundings part of the artwork.

"If the wall is pink, we have a pink work of art. If the wall is green - it's green. It's black at night while the sun gives it sparkle. It's a never-ending game," the artist said.

The head of the museum Inese Baranovska told Latvian Radio that the exhibit doesn't view glass purely as a design object but rather as a feeling - about the fragile in our relationships, in nature and the world. 

Nīmanis' works have been on show from Mexico to Japan. He started doing glass art at the Decorative Art High School and says he has never tired of using the transparent material.

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