Mstislav Dobuzhinsky. Vilnius. Mėsinių street. 1906–1907

 

Modern and contemporary art in the collections of the Lithuanian Art Museum

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View of the permanent exhibition

The permanent display at the National Gallery of Art presents the most important items in the collection of the Lithuanian Art Museum: works by prominent Lithuanian artists of the modern period. The display progresses chronologically, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. Each hall has a theme, offering a glimpse of Lithuanian art from a different period and from a different point of view, and highlighting important historical facts and events, and typical styles. The story is not only about art and artists, but also about the development of modern Lithuanian society, historical challenges, and the corresponding cultural diversity.

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Antanas Sutkus. Jean-Paul Sartre in Nida. 1965

In 2003-2006 the Lithuanian Art Museum collection of 20th - 21st century art acquired over 2,400 new exhibits. Most of them were donated by Lithuanian artists and their families and transferred by various institutions. The museum purchased over 120 works with the funds received from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.

When preparing for the opening of the National Gallery of Art, Lithuanian Art Museum is trying to enrich its collection with significant works by Lithuanian artists from the first half of the 20th century, also experimental, innovative works by artists of the second half of the 20th century who developed individual tendencies that did not suit the official Soviet art scene as well as works by artists from the 1990-2000 period, an evidence to the dynamic developments in Lithuanian culture and art after the restoration of independence and the rising international prestige of Lithianain contemporary art.

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