Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts (Riga)

Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts (Riga)


Skārņu iela 10

Tel. 722 78 33

Open: 11am- 5pm

Closed: Mondays


Description of Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design is a museum in Riga, Skārņu Street 10. Its exposition reflects the work of the leading decorative art and design artists of Latvia, as well as introduces the dominant directions and styles in design and decorative art in the period from the end of the 19th century to the present day.

History of the museum
The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design was opened on July 6, 1989 in the former St. George's Church in Riga (this building, which is the oldest preserved masonry building in Riga, is an architectural monument of national importance).

Latvian professional decorative art, which inspired the period of national revival, is based on folk craft traditions. In the first half of the 20th century, Latvia sought its national identity in the field of arts and crafts. Prominent masters Jūlijs Madernieks (1870-1955), Jūlijs Straume (1874-1970), Ansis Cīrulis (1883-1942), Jēkabs Bīne (1895-1955), Arvīds Dzērvītis (1847-1942) and others were involved in this search.

Textile, ceramic, porcelain, metal, wood, glass and leather products are exhibited in the museum. Since 2006, a design collection has also been displayed here.

The museum houses the largest collection of works by Roman Suta (1896-1944), Aleksandra Beļcova (1892-1981) and Sigismund Vidberga (1890-1970), the founders of Latvian modernism, the artists of the porcelain painting workshop "Baltars", inspired by futurism, cubism and Art Deco. abstraction of shapes, decorativeness of colors and shapes and graphic sophistication.

The works of foreign artists are also exhibited, some of which the museum received as gifts.

In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum systematically organizes both Latvian and foreign decorative art and design exhibitions. The museum also has various creative workshops - fabric printing, wool rolling and wooden stamp workshop, which allows everyone to express their creative imagination.

From October 19 to December 2, 2018, the project "Just in Time. Design stories about Latvia" second satellite exhibition "Quality standard", which presents Latvian coins dedicated to outstanding events and cultural personalities.

Collaboration with fashion historian Aleksandar Vasiliev
N0 In 2009, the museum, together with the fashion historian Aleksandar Vasilijev's foundation and the ABLV bank as a supporter, held exhibitions dedicated to various periods of fashion.

2009. Victorian Fashion.
2013. From war to peace. 1940-1950 years of fashion.
2017. Children's world. 18-20 century. Exhibition from the collections of Aleksandar Vasiļjev and Latvian museums.

Art education
The museum also organizes educational events. On August 27, 2018, a seminar for teachers was held at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, the purpose of which was to update the cooperation of educators with the museum, to introduce news in the field of educational programs, as well as to present the exhibition "Tapestry Colors. In France".

In 2013, the museum hosted the opening and closing plenary sessions of the Northern Future Forum, where the prime ministers of the United Kingdom, the Nordic countries and the Baltic countries met.