Renovated Art Nouveau manor renews its claim as a temple of the muses

The Art Noveau manor of Lūznava has become an important culture and education center since it underwent significant restoration works in 2015. It just revealed what's in store for visitors in 2016, LSM's Latvian-language service learned from the manager of the manor Iveta Balčūne on Thursday.

Lūznava manor, located in eastern Latvia, was built in the early 20th century as a place for art and music. It's widely heralded as an exquisite example of Art Noveau architecture, which is widely represented across the country and especially the center of Riga. 

The manor was owned by the Polish Kerbetz family and was a well-known gathering place for literary types and artists - including the famous Lithuanian artist and musician Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis.

The manor is reclaiming its name as a temple of the muses in 2016 with a huge events programme.

On January 23 a chamber music concert will be held with Ilze Grudule and musician/composer Vincents Flikigers performing the Cello and Theorbo concert. An exhibition of painter Osvalds Zvejsalnieks will be unveiled prior to that, along with the Art Noveau Posters from Budapest exhibit.

Livelihood will continue with the Riga Sax Quartet and soloist Kristīne Gailīte performing on January 30, while the Liepāja String Quartet will resound the Red Hall of the manor with romantic frequencies on February 27, playing Mendelssohn, Anton Reicha, and Louis François Dauprat. 

Events will continue throughout 2016 with Sinfonietta Rīga, Pascal Valois, Rock Zubov, Voice of Instruments, and others performing in the manor.

Zubov will be playing the restored Art Noveau grand piano of the manor on April 24. His performance will be accompanied by reproduced paintings of his grandfather Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis along with letter readings.

Along with concerts and exhibits, the Lūznava manor offers its visitors to become acquainted with the building and the park, and to have a taste of soup in the style of the former owners. 

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