THE LAU MUSEUM OPEN COLLECTION HAS BEEN OPEN FOR PUBLIC VIEWING SINCE APRIL 2004. THE CONCEPT OF THE OPEN COLLECTION IS THE PERIODIC CHANGE OR SUPPLEMENTATION OF THE WORKS ON VIEW ACCORDING TO THE LAU MUSEUM'S ANNUAL THEME FOR PUBLIC ACTIVITIES. THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE EXPOSITION ENSURES THE POSSIBILITY OF OBTAINING DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE ART OF LATVIA BETWEEN 1945 AND 1991. IT OFFERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE EXAMINATION OF THE OPEN COLLECTION AND GIVES VIEWERS THE POSSIBILITY OF CHOOSING FOR THEMSELVES THE ACCENTS OF THE EXPOSITION THEY ARE INTERESTED IN. THE MOVING WALLS ENABLE THE SIMULTANEOUS EXPOSITION OF 400 PAINTINGS AND UP TO 150 ARTWORKS OF VARIOUS TYPES ON PAPER. SMALL SCALE SCULPTURAL WORKS, POSTERS AND STAGE DESIGNS ARE ALSO ON VIEW. THERE ARE PLANS TO EXHIBIT DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHS AND DOCUMENTS. THE OPEN COLLECTION OF THE LAU MUSEUM OFFERS REGULAR MEETINGS WITH ARTISTS AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES ON THE ART OF LATVIA DURING SOVIET TIMES. INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION MAY USE THE OPEN COLLECTION TO ILLUSTRATE THEIR COURSES AND FOR RESEARCH. ON THE OTHER HAND, PUPILS AT SCHOOLS OF GENERAL EDUCATION AND AT SCHOOLS SPECIALISING IN ART CAN TAKE PART IN THE LAU MUSEUM EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES AND COMPETITIONS.