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The collectors Dina and Jānis Zuzāns own the biggest private collection of Latvian art in the world, encompassing over 5000 pieces. Each piece has a story. Here’s eight of them.

What would an early-20th-century Riga resident have been afraid of?

A
Falling from the new railway viaducts in Torņakalns
B
Losing face with Europe for having too few modernist buildings in otherwise-modern Riga
C
The plague

Why does this painting depict World War II partisan Imants Sudmalis?

A
The artist admired communism
B
The artist admired René Magritte and Edward Hopper
C
Moscow eagerly supported artists who utilised the list of recommended themes for works of art

Which French painting did Kristaps Ģelzis parody in his drawing?

A
Édouard Manet’s painting Olympia (1863)
B
Édouard Manet’s painting Déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863)
C
Edgar Degas’s painting The Ballet Class (1871—1874)

In which artistic style unknown in Latvia at the time did Ģederts Eliass paint this work?

A
Cubism
B
Fauvism
C
Impressionism

At which festival did photographer Inta Ruka represent Latvia for the first time in 1999?

A
The 48th Venice Biennale
B
The 52nd Cannes Film Festival
C
The 49th Berlin International Film Festival

Which famous work of art does this piece by Andris Breže reference?

A
Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square
B
Kazimir Malevich’s Red Square
C
Kazimir Malevich’s Black Rectangle

How did Miervaldis Polis acquire the image with the view of Venice?

A
Found it on Instagram
B
Painted it from memory
C
Bought a book about Venice at a second-hand bookshop

When did a large portion of Vilhelms Purvītis’s works disappear?

A
During a robbery at the Latvian National Museum of Art in 1944
B
When the artist was fleeing from Latvia to Germany at the end of World War II
C
During flooding in Riga in 1944