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How to Establish a Museum of Modern Art

by Viktoras Liutkus

Actions that can be taken with the aim of establishing a museum of modern art in Lithuania: • The Ministry of Culture, being the founder of the museum, prepares a project of restructuring the Lithuanian Art Museum in conformity with the conditions set out in the Law of Museums and the Civil Code; the project is evaluated by an independent expert; • The Ministry (minister) of Culture takes a decision (issues a decree) on the restructuring of the Lithuanian Art Museum; by this decree the sections of the museum “national gallery” and “contemporary art information centre” are eliminated from the structure of the museum; • By the same decree the Ministry of Culture establishes a new budget institution “Museum of Modern Art” (MMM); the decree on the establishment of the museum is approved by the minister of finance (in conformity with the Law of Budget Institutions); • Preparation of a draft decision on the transferring of state property (buildings etc.) from the balance of the Lithuanian Art Museum to the balance of the MMM, and the amount of state funding; the draft of the project is approved by the ministers of culture and finance; • The minister of culture approves the staff structure of the MMM; a competition for the position of the director of the MMM and other important positions is announced; • A decision on the transferring (separating/depositing) of museum collections necessary for the MMM is issued later, after the conception of the exhibition contents of the MMM has been worked out and formulated.

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