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The 110-Year-Old Latvian National Museum of Art
Gets a Facelift
Nestled among the trees of Riga, Latvia´s capital city, lies a building that holds just as much cultural and historical significance as the thousands of works of art that it houses. The Latvian National Museum of Art (LNMA) is an architectural landmark, and is once again open to the public after a three-year restoration process.
The LNMA was the first building in the Baltics specifically designed as a museum, and standing in front of the imposing façade, it’s easy to forget that it was constructed during the year of the 1905 revolution. German Architect Wilhelm Neumann, who would become the museum’s first director, designed a majestic building with towering columns, high ceilings, and undulating forms. In what might be an acknowledgement of the changing times, the façade has elements of both baroque and classical architecture, while the interiors hint at an art nouveau aesthetic.
“The Latvian National Museum has played a very interesting and important role in Latvia’s last 100 years,” said Graham Nicolas George Russell, Country Director for CEMEX in Latvia. “The opportunity to work on this project was like playing a part in the country’s history, and we are honored to have been entrusted with that responsibility.”