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Ex-director: Rundale Castle Museum should be managed with the same ideals as before

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the years to come Rundale Castle Museum should be managed with the same ideals as before, says the soon ex-director of the museum Imants Lancmanis, who intends to retire at the end of this year.

He says the plan to form a new team has been realized, and that he has no doubts about the museum’s future. Lancmanis explains that he was previously concerned that young people may not want to live in the countryside and that they may not have any interest in Rundale Castle or ancient history and art. Fortunately, Lancmanis believes this is no longer a problem.

Lancmanis adds that he would like candidates to continue his management style – which does not include the museum’s commercialization.

When asked if any of the museum’s existing employees may participate in the contest for the director’s post, Lancmanis said he is aware of one person who intends to become a candidate: «I would rather not speculate. I want to see the outcome of the contest. We know of one candidate, but I want to see the full picture,» said Lancmanis.

He said museum director’s work is made complicated by the wide spectrum of tasks – maintenance of a large collection of art and historic items, management of the archive and function of the documentation centre. With that, he believes the museum should focus more on research and publications in the future. Lancmanis also believes research should not be limited to the castle – it should include research of art and architecture from different historic periods.

Looking back at previous accomplishments, Lancmanis said he leaves his post with a sense of happiness, because restoration of the museum’s interior is complete and all expositions have been installed accordingly. Two new rooms in the castle were opened on 24 May. Items on display there are part of the From Gothic to Art Nouveau exhibition.

«We have done a lot and there are still interesting things left to do. We have collections left to expand and start publishing,» said Lancmanis.

The museum’s director also said the castle’s park and rose garden, which is the largest in Northern Europe, need some work, too.

With that, looking at the museum’s work, Lancmanis believes the next director will not have to focus on reforms.

Information from LETA shows that Rundale Castle Museum’s director Lancmanis had announced his plan to retire three years ago.

«This is a painful moment, but I don’t want to drag it on. I would like to retire on 31 December 2018,» he said.

Until then, he wants to form a new team that would be capable of taking over and moving forward. The new team will have to be able to resist this era’s temptations «for naïve commercialization or external tricks, preserve the castle’s sovereignty and museum’s mission».

Lancmanis believes it is not easy to predict one’s exit from a long process. Nevertheless, he has made his decision.


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