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only when you are interested in museums 1. Occupation museum 2. Fine Arts 3. Cars

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1. The Occupation Museum

All those visits to the City, never visited the museum. So this time felt obliged to walk in....


I will not comment too much because it is such as serious matter and very sensitive to the Latvians.
They have been annexed a few times by Russia and the Germans during WW2.
In a sense it is a lot like the Flemish nationalist feeling, from 19 hundreds, through the war till end 60's and the Leuven reaction....

Herewith copy three titles of some display boards;
Breakdown and Sovietisation of Latvia's Economy.
Destruction of Cultural and Social life of Latvia
Political Terror against the population of Latvia.

Clear language - and there is lots more. If you are in town, just go in and suck it in. Not necessarily a happy visit but kind of a must if you want to understand the country.

2. Fine Arts

Nothing wrong with some finer things in life. Besides the fact that it is warm and a beautiful building.
I refrained myself for a few pages from mentioning each time the European Community funding, but it keeps coming back (as on the trams previous page and the roads to Ventspils, next page. And technical school Ventspils, and music school) Ok, enough (for now?).

Whilst I enjoyed the building and change during the day, it is not the collection itself that wow-ed.
All Latvian art (nothing wrong with that by itself..).

A modern section that is as strange as anywhere else in the world - not my cup of tea anywhere.
Just a few impressions.
Quite liked the socialist realism in the picture with the fishermen. But that is taste for you.
Also quite a few pictures of snow landscapes - at least a place to enjoy the wintery scenery.


3. Car museum

On the outskirt of town there is new building that holds the Lativan car museum. Nice trip to change from the walks.
Not huge but some damn pretty cars in a very pleasant environment.
Particularly nice to see quite some old Russian stuff next to the usual international brands.

Here we go;

Tatra 87 (Czech) yr 1949 and Selve (German), forgot to write down the exact year but twenties for sure
1943 BMW R35 and Bentley MkVI from 1949
Russian Zis 101 yr 1939 and TMZ Tula yr 1959
overview and Horch 853 yr 1936
BMW 327 yr 1938 and (forgot to write down)
Zis 115 of 1949 and Renault 10CV, 1928

Good show.
Enjoyed all three.


Posted by moustache17 10:00 Archived in Latvia

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