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Riga Porcelain Museum
Porcelain is an exquisite, delicate and incredibly diverse material that can take various forms in artists’ hands. The Riga Porcelain Museum provides an insight into the fascinating world of porcelain, the history of porcelain manufacturing and the evolution of design traditions from the middle of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century, as well as contemporary porcelain art.
At the Riga Porcelain Museum
- Learn more about the history of porcelain manufacturing in Riga and products.
- See the museum’s main collection of porcelain and faience produced at the Kuznetsov and Jessen factories, and in later times – at the Riga Porcelain Factory.
- Find out about the input of various Riga porcelain artists in the creation of the unique artistic style of the Riga Porcelain Factory.
- Learn about the historical and artistic value of the porcelain industry’s heritage.
- See articles of mass production and unique works by famous porcelain artists and decorators.
- Admire various forms of porcelain articles and diversity of decoration.
- Take part in porcelain making and painting workshops.
- View the animated film Porcelain.
- Take part in events within the educational program How is Porcelain Made.
The oldest porcelain articles at the museum have been made before World War I. A large part of the museum’s collection represents the Riga Porcelain Factory’s products from the 1950s to the 1990s, giving a broad insight into industrial porcelain design of that time. A separate exhibition hall contains an exposition of Soviet-era art, with various decorative pieces – vases, plates and small articles dedicated to important events in accordance with the ideology of those times. Over time, endowments by private owners and artists have been added to the museum collection, gradually creating a contemporary porcelain art collection. Events and exhibitions of contemporary porcelain artists are held at the museum on a regular basis.
History of the museum
The Riga Porcelain Museum opened to the public in 2001. The former collection of the Riga Porcelain Factory constitutes the main part of the museum’s collection, ensuring its preservation and research.