The Museum of Fateful Objects


‘The Museum of Fateful Objects’ will invite the public to propose objects to an exposition relating their life stories to the new museum connected to these objects, which may have changed their lives and – remained within the reach. A new museum of the objects of personal history will open in 2014, assembled by inhabitants of Riga. The new form of interactive social communication will take the observer into world of material objects, forming exposition palpably linked to human lives. Video versions of their personal stories will also be added to the design. A book about objects with their own stories to tell will be published, bringing together the most vivid texts and requisites. The author of the project is director and journalist Ilona Brūvere; the author of the design – artist Artis Rutks. 

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:

  • Presentation
  • Workshop
  • Action
  • Exhibition
  • TV/Radio

Category of event:

  • Music
  • Literature
  • Visual arts
  • Photography
  • Design
  • Participation of the public
  • Education
  • History
  • Multimedia
  • Tradition

Audience of event:

  • Children
  • 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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