The new Museum of Contemporary Art in Vilnius opened its doors last week. The project was developed by Daniel Libeskind's studio in collaboration with Lithuanian designers from DO architects and Baltic Engineers
24 October 2018
The museum building with an area of about 3100 sq. m is located a stone's throw from the old town of Vilnius, which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “For us, it was extremely important to combine the present, past and future in the project,” says museum director Milda Ivanauskienė. “The new complex will introduce visitors to local art and explore its links to the global art scene. These works, hidden from the public for a long time behind the Iron Curtain, will finally receive their platform and international recognition. =”/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/aba58d32f7060b5398545e11a6afeb95.jpg” width=”728″ height=”377″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-0571743d=”1″ alt=”Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind in Vilnius (photo 2)” />
The architecture of Vilnius is represented by a variety of styles from baroque to gothic and Soviet brutalism. The city has changed more in the last five years than in the previous twenty, and will change even more, according to museum designer and author Daniel Libeskind. “As someone who sincerely appreciates the history and beauty of Vilnius, I think this building will be a great place to enjoy the art and spirit of the city,” he adds.
The structure has a fairly simple and straightforward façade lined with white plaster. Most of the houses in the city are covered with this material. An expressive wide staircase crosses the building through: it directs visitors to the halls of the museum and at the top goes to a stepped roof with a terrace, which serves as a place for public speaking and friendly conversations.
Inside the museum there are many open-plan galleries, flooded with light from giant windows in the entire five-meter wall. The halls will feature both permanent and temporary exhibitions. There is also a cafe, a bookstore and a classroom for visitors. The museum is open to the public at Pylimo g. 17, Vilnius 01141, Lithuania from 10:00 to 20:00.