In spite of everything


Every European country is proud of its heritage of naïve art, assembling and popularizing its collections. Naïve art in Latvia has flourished in the period spanning the decades from 1950s to 1990s when this development was indirectly spurred by WWII and the occupation of Latvia, which followed. The exhibition will reflect the impact on our history of art of creative personalities whose lives relate to or involved the consequences of occupation, deportation and simple artistic impulse to resist an inhuman regime. Exhibition is curated by: Māra Ādiņa, Arno Jundze, Valters Māziņš, Guna Millersone, Astrīda Rogule, Alise Tīfentāle, Dzintars Zilgalvis, Valdis Poikāns, Aivars Leitis, Kate Zilgalve and Laima Āze. 

Opening hours: Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Tuesday, Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

One ticket to all exhibitions costs EUR 5, EUR 2 for pensioners, schoolchildren and students.
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) is EUR 10. Free of charge for the politically persecuted persons, national resistance movement members, persons with disabilities, children up to 7. Tickets are available at the box office in the Corner House's backyard.

Thematic division: Freedom Street

Begins : 30.04.2014 21:00

Ends: 18.10.2014 21:00


  • Corner House on Brīvības street

Form of event:

  • Exhibition

Category of event:

  • Visual arts
  • History

Audience of event:

  • Youth
  • Adults

Project description:

During the fifty years of the occupation of Latvia by the Soviet Union, the KGB headquarters in Riga, also known as the Corner House, became a prominent symbol of totalitarian power that, in the 21st century Riga, still stands to bear testimony to total war, mass persecutions and genocide. 2014 is the right time to change the destiny of the Corner House, to open the doors and face the experience and fates concealed therein in order to profoundly understand and recreate them. The Corner House will be open to the public from the 1st of May to the 19th of October, presenting the Occupation Museum's exhibition (admission free of charge), guided tours "In the KGB Basements", and five more exhibitions - "(Re)construction of Friendship", "A Latvian's Suitcase", "In Spite of All”, "Ten Objects' Stories of Person and Power” and "The Museum of Fateful Objects”, which present different interpretations of the relationship between the individual and the power in the past that still affects the people of the present day.

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