The Latvian National Museum of Art collections of foreign art in the architectural monument of Riga Bourse that was built between 1852 and 1855 and created in Venetian Renaissance palazzo style, symbolising wealth and abundance.
With the opening of a new type of museum, 2011 marks a turning point in the cultural life of Latvia.
Although visitors will recognise the collections of the former Museum of Foreign Art in the displays, the working style has a new attitude to specialisation.
The museum is positioned as a point of cultural exchange where excellence is more important than national origin. This means that the museum doors will be open to Latvian art too. T
he museum wants to be a point of contact between East and West as well as for dialogue between the classical and the contemporary in the sense of both exhibits and form of perception.
Another aspect of the new museum is harmony between the acquisition of knowledge and recreation as well as the breaking down of barriers between various forms of culture.
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