Museum “Riga Art Noveau Centre” in collaboration with the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Riga invites to attend the exhibition of the fine jewellery by Slovak artists Jana Machatova and Peter Machata, “Dialogues with the past”. Contemporary jewellry, inspired by nature and history, has been shown in numerous European countries, but in Latvia – for the first time.
Jana Machatova (born in 1972) is one of the first Slovak fine artists who completed the study of jewellery at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (under Cepka and Weisslechner). In her art, J.Machatova is inspired by the story of her life and historical experience, creating art with interconnected layers, rich in visuality and information. Thus, the accent on personal, family or fantasy memory traces developed in the form of medallions in laminated photography or in carved silver sheets alternates by tuning in to a wider context. Another theme, which she revisits with intermissions, is connected to the narrative provided by old postcards and newspapers, in her latest series focusing on, but not exclusively, the history of women’s crafts.
Peter Machata (born in 1971. g.) perceives jewellery as small sculptures, and thus consistently and consequently builds the syntax of his jewellery based on the principles of relief, plastic formation and box. His jewellery reflects subtle overlaps of jewellery and sculpture methods. For many years he worked mainly in silver, but today plastic/corian, which allows him to do sophisticated experiments by using a CNC milling machine and scanner, plays a substantial role in his work.
The work of both artists are highly evaluated, they are laureats of the most prestigious Slovak award “Kristalove Kridlo” („Crystal Wing”) in the category „Art” of the year 2020.
The exhibition will be held in the museum “Riga Art Noveau Centre” from the 20th of January until 27th of February, 2022. Museum is opened daily, except Mondays, from 10.00 to 18.00. Entrance to the museum requires valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
Museum of the association of culture institutions
of Riga Municipality
“Riga Art Noveau Centre”