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On Friday, 16 December, a special event is going to be held at the gallery “Roman Garden” – the first Puppetry Art and Design Museum in Liepāja will open its doors to visitors, according to Ieva Anna Avotiņa, the gallery manager.

The Museum of Puppetry Art and Design is expecting to be very active, as in addition to the main exhibition, which will feature the history of 19th and 20th century puppets, toys, and household items, it will have three exhibition halls that will show contemporary art, as well as exhibitions dedicated to design. A special feature attracting both emerging and professional artists will be the smallest exhibition space in Liepāja, called the “Cave of Art”. The first inhabitant of this Art Cave will be a unique porcelain rhinoceros created by the artist Emīlija Lielā.

The contemporary art exhibition will be represented by outstanding contemporary masters: Liepāja native Pēteris Sidars, Diāna Dimze-Dinna, Margarita Germane, Lāsma Bringina, as well as Ināra Liepa and Uldis Liepa. Each artist’s works are created in different author’s techniques, inspiring true admiration for their virtuoso skills with materials.

In 2023, professional masterclasses are expected to be organised. More information will also be available on the Gallery’s website, which will soon have a section entitled “Museum of Puppetry Art and Design”. Over time, the Museum intends to develop changing exhibitions, inviting artists from Latvia and abroad. Both artists focusing on the diversity of puppetry, and outstanding masters whose work is remarkably identifiable for their unique signature style.

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