The aim of Narva Museum Art Gallery’s permanent exhibition Life or Karma? Stories of Narva is to showcase our rich art collection. The question in the title, which paraphrases the chorus of a pop song about Narva, echoed in my mind throughout the process of compiling the exhibition. How is it possible that there is so much diverse art in our collection of nearly 1,700 works? Is it a coincidence, the way things just “happen” in life? Or is it the sum of the right choices and decisions made by Narva city officials and museum staff in challenging times?