At the beginning of a new school year, the Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine is continuing its tradition of presenting a new and timely exhibition. The exhibition "Look With Both of Them!" will open at 4:00 PM on September 12 at the museum.
The title can be interpreted in two ways. First of all, it speaks to the need for all of us to think about the hygiene of our eyes so as to protect our vision, be responsible toward our health and that of others, and to think about simple and useful ways of ensuring preventive care for one's eyes on an everyday basis - selecting appropriate lighting levels, for instance, and thinking about appropriate nutrition and personal hygiene.
Second, visitors who keep both eyes open will, as always, be able to learn new, interesting and useful things that they will be able to use on an everyday basis.
Visitors will be able to examine unique museum exhibits, learn about the simplest eye exercises such as "20x20x20," and try to view three-dimensional images. The exhibition will also feature art that has been produced by people with vision impairments, along with useful information for forming contacts with the blind. Optical illusions in images and artworks will test the viewer's patient. Visitors will see Rabkin's polychromatic tables, learn about seeing colours, examine copies of the monthly magazine Rosme, check out Braille writings, and deal with projects related to smelling and hearing.
The exhibition is related in thematic terms to several of the subjects that relate to the museum's permanent exhibition. This includes an historical review of ophthalmology, as well as a series of artworks from students at the Practical Aesthetical School of the Artistic Creativity Centre. These artworks are being presented under the title "Eyes," and they will be presented at the museum.
The target audience for the exhibition is schoolchildren of various age groups, but it will also be interesting for families with small children (the curators of the exhibition have thought carefully about them). Really, the exhibition will be interesting to just about everyone.
During our age of rapid development of technologies, the curators of the exhibition encourage all people to keep both eyes open so as to be healthy, to protect their vision, and to be far-sighted.
Exhibition on view from 12.09.2013 till 02.11.2013
The exhibition is included in the museum ticket price.