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Latvian National Museum of Art

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Latvian National Museum of Art

A majestic stairway leads to the heavy doors of an elegant exemplar of Historicist architecture: the Latvian National Museum of Art, the first structure built for the express purpose of exhibiting art in what were then the Russian Baltic provinces.

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The museum's collection follows the development of professional art in Latvia and the Baltic States from the early 18th century onward. The collection consists of more than 52,000 holdings, including a fantastic collection of Russian art from the 18th century to the 1920s. Among the more unusual but well-represented artists are the avant-garde Constructivist Gustav Klutsis.

Foto: Latvian National Museum of Art


The Baltic German architect and art collector Wilhelm Neumann designed the museum and served at its first director. However, it was the great Latvian painter and educator Vilhelms Purvītis who began a goal-oriented collection of Latvian works as the museum's director from the 1920s until the early 1940s.

Foto: Latvian National Museum of Art

Since 2016, a new underground addition designed by Processoffice and Andrius Skiezgelas Architecture, lighted by an atrium, expands the museum's exhibition space and even allows passersby to look into the museum from the outside.

Opening hours
M. Closed
T. 10.00 – 18.00
W. 10.00 – 18.00
TH. 10.00 – 18.00
F. 10.00 – 20.00
S, SUN.10.00 – 17.00

Jaņa Rozentāla laukums 1
T.: +371 67324461 
www.lnmm.lv

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