Japanese decorative art dazzles Rīga

A Japanese contemporary decorative art exhibit is on show at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design from January 13 to February 7, reported Latvian Television (LTV) Tuesday.

The exhibit shows how clay, porcelain, metal and wood are used by Japanese masters to create elegant decorative art objects.

According to LSM's Russian-language service, the exhibit consists of a total of 64 objects made from 1984 and onwards, representing Constructivist, Art Deco, pop art and other styles/movements.

"We see in the exhibit the vitality of the Japanese culture in the 21st century, and despite the modern technologies, [we see] traditions that are still very strong," said Inese Baranovska, saying that the individuality of each artist is very prominent in the exhibition.

Masahiro Maeda, an artist whose porcelain tray is on show in the exhibit, talked to LTV:

"I hope that I am still developing and searching for new ways of expression. In the work on show here I wanted to enliven the Japanese love for natural forms, flowers and trees," he said.

The exhibit is accompanied by events ranging from lectures, meetings with the artists, talks with experts, creative workshops, and even a poetry night.

LSM's Ludmila Meteļska (Людмила Метельская) visited the exhibit and came back with a number of beautiful pictures.

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