Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum covers 200 ha on the scenic banks of the Abava River valley. In 1992, sculptor Ojārs Arvīds Feldbergs established a museum in the vicinity of the former manor houses Firkspedvalen and Brinkpedvalen, the museum is a cultural monument of national importance and is a part of the specially protected cultural historical territory -the Abava Valley.
The permanent collection of the museum consists of more than 150 artworks, created during symposia, plein airs, and work-shops. This also includes a display of Ojārs Feldberg’s works and exhibitions of Latvian and foreign artists which is regularly expanded and renewed. The artists, participants of the museum’s creative projects, are invited to seek inspiration from the surroundings and to use natural materials found in it.
The museum’s concept is the integration of natural landscape, agricultural landscape, culture heritage, and art in a common environment. The aim is to create a site where creative thought could develop and be implemented in harmony with the scenic environment, thus becoming an integral part of this environment.
Artists and visitors are offered simple, country-style accommodation, including a small guest-house, a restaurant, a conference hall, and picnic sites. In 1996 and 1998 the World Cultural Heritage Foundation included the Abava Valley together with Pedvāle manor house complex in the List of 100 Most Endangered Culture Monuments of the World.
The museum was awarded a UNESCO award for the preservation and development of the cultural landscape.