The permanent exhibition in the main building of the Latvian National Museum of Art shows the richness of the museum's collection, the history of its formation as well as the most outstanding achievements of national art from the end of the 18th century to the end of the 20th century.
World War I brought difficult challenges for the Latvian people, which inspired a strong wave of national self-consciousness in artists. Jāzeps Grosvalds was the first to take up the pressing subject of refugees and riflemen in painting. Jēkabs Kazaks, who was significantly influenced by contemporary French painting, also turned to depiction of the dramatic historical events.
During World War I, many Latvian artists ended up in Russia, but most returned to Latvia following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Latvian artists – Gustavs Klucis, Kārlis Johansons and Aleksandrs Drēviņš – chose to stay in Soviet Russia and to take part in the formation of Russian avant-garde art.
Exhibition, Dismantling the Wall. Latvian Art 1985–1991, is on display in the left wing halls of the 2nd floor of the main building of the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga (Jaņa Rozentāla laukums 1), which tells about the processes in Latvian contemporary art during the period of socio-political change.
From 19 February 2022, the new permanent exhibition 12 Photographers / 125 Photographs / 10 Series is open to the public in four small cabinets in the right wing of the 2nd floor of the main building of the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga (Jaņa Rozentāla laukums 1).
Latvian National Museum of Art offers the easiest way to explore classic highlights, and discover fresh perspectives on the permanent collection and discover the museum's unique architecture of the building.
The museum and its exhibition is an exciting world full of noteworthy events and individuals! In this activity, school students will learn about different historical artistic processes in Latvia and the most important masterpieces, highlighting each period's most significant, most outstanding phenomena and artists as well as their innovations.
The museum's exhibition of classical art (19th century – mid-20th century) presents a variety of themes and diversity of artistic language which has changed over the course of time. Nevertheless, several basic categories have remained. This activity in the permanent exhibition will foster a better understanding of the basic principles that underpin the work of our old masters as well as modernists.
For a large part of society, life in the 21st-century is characterized by digital events and content consumption in the digital environment, as well as regular anxiety, exhaustion, homogenous sensory experience, or routine. The Route of Wellbeing is an invitation to explore the art museum in a more personal way, enjoy time alone in the peaceful environment of art, and experience an alternative adventure of the senses, promoting mindfulness and mental well-being.
Museum's life as well as the movement of works in permanent and temporary exhibition halls is dynamic. The activities of the museum's art studio Me and Art also take place in ceaseless creative movement, every week taking on a new theme and assignment.
The museum's art studio Me and Art invites children of preschool and primary school age to get to know works of art from different periods and to become better familiar with the language of art. During the activity works of art presented in the museum become an object of study and a theme for drawing assignments. Through looking, thinking and creating, it is possible to learn about the process of making art, different art forms, artists' personalities and history.
Creative activity for a work collective or a group of friends The Latvian National Museum of Art offers to complement and diversify the team experience through an inspiring adventure in the museum. The environment of the art museum will be a great place to take a break from the daily routine and create an opportunity to discover new personal and collective resources.
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