The Latvian Museum of Naïve Art first opened to public in May 2006. It singled itself out in 2007 by becoming the first privately owned Latvian museum to receive an official national accreditation. The museum is popular among Rīgans and visitors, accessible to a wide range of viewers and at the same time creates an ingenious and sophisticated new attraction in Andrejsala, the district known as the modern arts and culture hub near the centre of the Latvian capital.
The Museum's objective is to explain and popularise the processes of naïve art, the meaning and the distinguishing features of the genre within the broader cultural context, thus increasing awareness and recognition of naïve art among Latvians and foreign visitors alike. By exhibiting original artwork, the museum also seeks to educate general public about the unique facets and core values of the genre and the ways it is expressed in Latvia.
The museum's team considers it important to preserve the Latvian naïve works of art for the future and already uses it to widen the scope of arts available to viewers. For that reason, the Museum has been working actively toward collecting, researching, preserving and promoting not just modern-day naïve artwork but also older pieces, some dating back even to the 18th century. In practical terms, the museum's activity consists of meticulous investigation, conservation and exhibiting, at its headquarters in Andrejsala, of contemporary Latvian naïve art ranging from paintings and sculptures to several other sub-genres. The material gathered and systematised by the experts allows the Museum to formulate and spread ample and accurate information about the Latvian naïvist artwork both domestically and abroad.
Opening hours of the museum: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon till 7:00 pm.
Contact:Dzintars Zilgalvis, GSM +371 29474401; Alise Vetrova, collection expert, GSM +371 26348218.