On July 2 the director of the Latvian Institute Karina Pētersone participated in the opening of an extension to the said gallery together with the distinguished musicians Gidons Krēmers and Inese Galante, as well as the Deputy Mayor of Rīga Andris Ameriks and the chairwoman of the board of SIA “Rīgas Nami” Vineta Verika. Portraits of singers Inese Galante, Elīna Garanča, akkordeonist Ksenija Sidorova and violinist Baiba Skride were added to the gallery.
The concept of a symbolic wall of fame for the Rīga city natives famous worldwide was put forward by SIA “Rīgas Nami” in cooperation with the Latvian Institute already in 2011, when the first part of the gallery was opened. It includes celebrities such as the chemist Vilhelms Ostvalds, engineer Frīdrihs Canders, film director Sergejs Eizenšteins, sculptor Vera Muhina, philosopher Isaiah Berlin, chess master Mihails Tāls, hockey player Kārlis Skrastiņš, ballet dancer Mihails Barišņikovs, composer Raimonds Pauls and others. All of the large format portaits are complemented by interactive screens containing biography of the celebrities in question.