Latvian Art Museum makes biggest purchase of artwork in 30 years

The Latvian National Museum of Art (LNMM) has acquired an impressive amount of new artwork to add to the collection, Latvian Television reported February 23.

The procurement consists of approximately 300 artworks, of which 160 have been added to the LNMM painting collection. The procurement has been carried out on State budget resources intended to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the cultural sector.

160 new paintings are gradually being sorted out and labeled. The museum hasn't experienced such valuable purchases for more than 30 years. Ilze Putniņa, the curator of the painting collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art, said that in selecting works, it was important to consider the views of artists on which pieces should be in the museum's collection.

This is the most ambitious procurement since the recovery of independence and will serve as a valuable resource for the future exhibitions.

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