Permanent exhibition "Book in Latvia"

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Permanent exhibition "Book in Latvia"
Permanent exhibition "Book in Latvia"
Photo: Māris Lapiņš
Photo: Māris Lapiņš
Photo: Māris Lapiņš
Photo: Māris Lapiņš
Photo: Māris Lapiņš
Photo: Māris Lapiņš
Photo: Māris Lapiņš
Photo: Māris Lapiņš

The National Library of Latvia permanent exhibition "Book in Latvia" is a story of the history of Latvian book in a global context, inspired by the new image of the library.

At the centre of the permanent exhibition "Book in Latvia" is the book – both as a material object and as a social and spiritual phenomenon that has changed and is still changing society at large as well as individual lives and minds.  

The exhibition consists of four parts, which reveal the book from different angles. The section dedicated to the history of book shows those books printed in Latvia and in the Latvian language, which have had a crucial impact on our nation's culture and identity.  The micro exhibit "Senses" explores the bodily experience of a reader in his or her encounter with a book. Through different interactive activities one can feel, hear, see and even taste the book. "Power" looks at the book as an instrument of just that – both making the visitor an object of political manipulation and recalling the feelings readers must have had at least once, yielding to the power of a fascinating text.  The section "Spirit" not only explores the book as a medium of religious and secular spirituality but, with the help of an installation of a "live" book, transports one into the world of fantasy. 

The connection between historical contents and the present day, contemporary design and interactive solutions are among the reasons why "Book in Latvia" will be of interest to different audiences.


Gustavs Strenga, Andris Vilks

Artistic concept
GAISS, Associates, Partners et Sons

Main curator
Gustavs Strenga

Pauls Bankovskis, Maija Uzula-Petrovska

Ināra Klekere-Krekele, Lilija Limane, Viesturs Zanders

Project managers
National Library of Latvia – Inga Surgunte
Associates, Partners et SonsMārtiņš Rungainis

GAISS – Arnita Melzoba, Kārlis Melzobs

Graphic design
Associates, Partners et Sons – Una Bergmane, Ainis Permins, Daniela Treija, Edgars Zvirgzdiņš


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