Art gallery director overwhelmed by public interest

The open house at the newly reconstructed Latvian National Museum of Art (LNMA) for five days from December 12 proved to be an unexpected sensation, stoking up anticipation of the official re-opening of the gallery next spring. 

LNMA Director Mara Lace told the LETa news agency people "came with sincere interest and a positive attitude."

Lace also commented on the estimated number of persons who passed through the building - 125,000: "We thought it might be crazy, but we had no clue it would be like this! We mobilized our entire staff, except for accountants.

"It was almost as if the public was worried that this building would never open again, that this was the final chance. People want to see after all - how and where the money was spent - and they were satisfied with what they saw."

As for the 'positive attitude' Lace mentioned, she had this to say: "It was simply unbelievable! Our staff said that the kind words uttered by visitors were enough to last a lifetime."

The public will now have to wait for the next sensation - the Grand Opening for LNMA - May 4, 2016, after the renovation and remodeling of the interior is completed.

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