From February 2 till April 4 the National Library of Latvia at its Conference Centre (Level -1) will host an exhibition – Independence (curator Yoram E. Shamir) reflecting the creative work of Latvian born Shamir brothers. Free admission.
In 1935 brothers Gabriel and Maxim Sheftelowitz moved their studio from Alberta street in Riga, Latvia to Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, Israel and called it the Shamir Brothers Studio. At first, they were involved in the marketing activities of commercial and industrial companies, but during the Second World War they worked for national institutions.
The designs of the Shamir brothers reflect the elements that created Israel's independence: symbols of sovereignty, immigration absorption, security economic development, language and national culture. These are also the subjects of the exhibition Independence. The most famous design of the Shamir brothers is an official emblem of the State of Israel. The Shamir brothers' works can also be viewed in Latvia, for example, a monument dedicated to the Jewish soldiers who fell in the Latvian War of Independence, is located at the New Jewish Cemetery in Riga (the sketch was created in 1934).
In 1974 the brothers decided on a friendly dissolution of the studio. They continued working each separately for nearly 20 more years.
In Israel the Shamir brothers were called National Designers but, in fact, they were very international. In addition to their work in Latvia and Israel, they also worked for 18 other countries.
The exhibition in Riga is organized by the Embassy of Israel to Latvia in cooperation with the National Library of Latvia. Curator and editor of the exhibition is Yoram E. Shamir. The exhibition was produced with a significant support of the Keren Hayesod Fund. Sources – the Israel State Archives, Zionist Central Archives, Academic Library of the University of Latvia, Eretz Israel Museum and private collections.
Afterwards the exhibition will be opened in Liepaja and Daugavpils. The Shamir brothers' works can be viewed at www.shamir-brothers.com and also in the book Shamir Brothers – Designers Who Became Icons.
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