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MO Museum (formerly known as Modern Art Center) was established in 2009 by Danguolė and Viktoras Butkus as a public institution and a "museum without walls". Our mission is to assemble a collection of modern and contemporary Lithuanian visual art that is accessible to both Lithuanian and foreign art lovers. The MO collection spans works created from 1960 to the present day.
 
The Collection. The MO collection is already one of the largest private art collections in Lithuania, consisting of over 4,000 works of art curated by Professor Raminta Jurėnaitė. It is our hope that the collection will become the core of a new modern and contemporary art museum. The MO collection currently includes works by nearly 200 artists.
 
Presentation. The entire collection can be viewed on the newly designed MO internet website’s “Collection” page. Accompanying audio guides allow viewers to learn more about each work. In addition, 60 brief video interviews with contributing artists are also accessible on the site.
 
The Museum. The future permanent home of the MO collection, now being designed for construction on the site of the former “Lietuva” Cinema, will become a new cultural space for the city of Vilnius. Construction completion is expected in 2018.
 
Education. MO Museum has published 26 books for the education of both children and adults. Publications can be purchased online at the MO electronic bookshop or at our main offices in Vilnius. In addition, MO has sponsored a traveling Educational Gallery and Photography Exhibition that is currently touring Lithuanian schools. MO has also organized more than 30 art exhibitions.
 
"Literatų (Writers’) Street Wall". In collaboration with curator Eglė Vertelkaitė, the Literatų (Writers’) Street Wall project came to life with the help of more than 100 artists. Over 200 tiles and commemorative plaques adorn a wall on Literatų Street in the Vilnius Old Town, presenting a broad overview of the history of Lithuanian literature. The biographies of the writers commemorated on the wall is described in detail in a specially prepared guide by Milda Ivanauskienė and published by MO.
 
Vilnius Sculpture Walks. MO Museum published the bilingual cultural guide Vilnius Sculpture Walks by Jolanta Macišauskytė-Jurašienė. The guide invites readers on 21 walking tours through Vilnius to explore the rich collection of public sculptures and statutes in the Lithuanian capital.
 
Vilnius Talking Statues. With the support of MO Museum, 15 statues around Vilnius have now been given the gift of speech, coming to life and interacting with visitors in multiple languages by a simple telephone call to a smart phone.
 
A History of Lithuanian Culture. The Museum is also active in the field of cultural history research. Art doesn’t exist in a vacuum, after all — it is an integral part of the context of the times. With this in mind, the MO is engaged in compiling an accessible and broad overview of Lithuanian cultural history from the end of World War II to the present day. You can begin your exploration of Lithuanian cultural history by visiting the “Cultural History” page of the MO website, where you can also share your own experiences and interaction with Lithuanian cultural history.
 
Our mission is to create a home for Lithuanian art, expand the circle of art lovers, and contribute to the growth of our society’s happiness index.
 

The story of MO Museum

 
Often we hear the question: how did the idea arise to build another museum in Vilnius? When this idea was born in 2007 - 2008, we celebrated the cultural life of Vilnius and we saw that it is quite lively: an abundance of concerts, prominent stage productions presented by world-renowned Lithuanian directors, significant music and modern dance festivals taking place, a wealth of literature being published in the Lithuanian language – making it difficult to describe it all.
 
In that time of economic and cultural prosperity the life of the art world appeared somewhat gloomy. We had to take a look at what was happening outside the country in Europe, as well as in other parts of the world, it was often surprising to see museum halls full of visitors and new exhibitions opening up new spaces for art appreciation. Unwittingly we compared and asked ourselves: why are most of our museums empty, appearing neglected and lifeless?
 
With changing circumstances and new financial opportunities, we became determined to take a step into a field that was relatively unknown to us. Experience in the business world, where a timely appreciation of innovations and good global practices are often transferred to other settings, encouraged us to believe that this was also possible in the field of art museums. We were encouraged to establish the same lively spaces, teeming with people and children interested in art, here in Lithuania.
 
We continue to learn and, through our activities, to try to create opportunities for the broader public, which may not have an artistic education, to make inroads into the world of art appreciation and a richer life, and to find new access to our cultural treasures. We are trying to promote a more tolerant point of view, one that breaks down the barriers between modernists and post-modernists, between traditionalists and conceptualists. We seek to make access to art, and culture in general, truly democratic, so that is accessible to the widest possible circle of people, so that culture would once again begin to rebuild our crumbling, deconstructed conscious- ness, and repair our fractured and splintered Lithuanian identity that continues to fail to find stability.
 
 
MO Museum founders Danguolė ir Viktoras Butkus
(From the book: Vieno muziejaus istorija. I dalis)

The story of MO Museum

 
Often we hear the question: how did the idea arise to build another museum in Vilnius? When this idea was born in 2007 - 2008, we celebrated the cultural life of Vilnius and we saw that it is quite lively: an abundance of concerts, prominent stage productions presented by world-renowned Lithuanian directors, significant music and modern dance festivals taking place, a wealth of literature being published in the Lithuanian language – making it difficult to describe it all.
 
In that time of economic and cultural prosperity the life of the art world appeared somewhat gloomy. We had to take a look at what was happening outside the country in Europe, as well as in other parts of the world, it was often surprising to see museum halls full of visitors and new exhibitions opening up new spaces for art appreciation. Unwittingly we compared and asked ourselves: why are most of our museums empty, appearing neglected and lifeless?
 
With changing circumstances and new financial opportunities, we became determined to take a step into a field that was relatively unknown to us. Experience in the business world, where a timely appreciation of innovations and good global practices are often transferred to other settings, encouraged us to believe that this was also possible in the field of art museums. We were encouraged to establish the same lively spaces, teeming with people and children interested in art, here in Lithuania.
 
We continue to learn and, through our activities, to try to create opportunities for the broader public, which may not have an artistic education, to make inroads into the world of art appreciation and a richer life, and to find new access to our cultural treasures. We are trying to promote a more tolerant point of view, one that breaks down the barriers between modernists and post-modernists, between traditionalists and conceptualists. We seek to make access to art, and culture in general, truly democratic, so that is accessible to the widest possible circle of people, so that culture would once again begin to rebuild our crumbling, deconstructed conscious- ness, and repair our fractured and splintered Lithuanian identity that continues to fail to find stability.
 
 
MO Museum founders Danguolė ir Viktoras Butkus
Modern Art Center
Literatų St. 8, 01125 Vilnius
Open:
I–V 10:00–17:00
Closed:
VI–VII & public holidays
info@mmcentras.lt
+ 370 655 66008
+ 370 5 231 2350
 
 
MO Museum
Literatu St. 8, LT-01125 Vilnius, Lithuania
+370 5 231 2350
 
Open:
I–V 10:00–18:00
Closed:
VI–VII & public holidays
 
Code 302325629
VAT code 100006626218
Bank account LT21 7300 0101 2578 1421
 
 

Team

Milda Ivanauskienė
Acting head
Milda Ivanauskienė
+370 699 75870
Danguolė Butkienė
MO Museum founder, board member
Danguolė Butkienė
Dr. Raminta Jurėnaitė
Collection curator
Dr. Raminta Jurėnaitė
Daina Narbutienė
Publishing project manager
Daina Narbutienė
+370 686 75897
Miglė Survilaitė
Program Coordinator
Miglė Survilaitė
+370 616 59337
Ieva Stasevičiūtė
Project manager
Ieva Stasevičiūtė
+370 614 04240
Ugnė Paberžytė
Program Coordinator
Ugnė Paberžytė
+370 695 16537
Mindaugas Morkūnas
Head of Development
Mindaugas Morkūnas
Dr. Monika Saukaitė
Project manager (on maternity leave)
Dr. Monika Saukaitė

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