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Stasys Jurađka. Kűgis. Medis, h 55. 2000


The National Gallery – A Hope for the Survival of Culture

For almost two decades the theme of a national gallery has been discussed in artists’ gatherings; many requirements have been raised and statements written. However, nothing has changed in all that time, and the situation is becoming more and more critical: museum stocks and depositories are filled beyond capacity, artists sell their best works to local and foreign private collectors. Art scholars are particularly concerned about the heritage of the last decade of the 20th century and the state policy of buying works of art. The idea of the national gallery was explicitly formulated in the congress of Lithuanian artists in 1987. The approaching 1000th anniversary of Lithuania’s name raised a hope of putting into life the long-cherished idea, as one of the objects included in the programme of commemoration was the National Gallery. Here are several excerpts from one of the numerous discussions of the National Gallery that took place at the Lithuanian Artists’ Union: “The assigned premises on the right bank of the Neris can be the basis for the future National Gallery of the 20th Century Art. The Art Museum has consulted foreign architects having a rich experience in designing art galleries. In their opinion, this location is suitable for a gallery”, stated the director of the Lithuanian Art Museum R. Budrys. In the opinion of A. Lukđas, “if we want to start to design a building and then build it, we first need to formulate a task and approve a conception.” “Works of the professors and students of the 200-year-old Art Academy could constitute an interesting section of the National Gallery”, suggested the rector of the Art Academy A. Đaltenis. The artist B. Leonavičius quoted the Law of the Museums: “The Museum Department of the Ministry of Culture is responsible for the policy of museums. It has a subsidiary – the Board of Expert Museum Workers, whose conclusions are essential for the Ministry in taking decisions of founding, reorganizing or liquidating a museum.” Generalizing the thoughts expressed during the discussion, the chairman of the Lithuanian Artists’ Union said: “The differences in thoughts and conceptions obstruct the common goal and decrease the power of taking decisions. In the opinion of the Council of the Lithuanian Artists’ Union, the right bank of the Neris is the most suitable place for the National Gallery. The most important thing is to raise the funding for the design works in order to expand and adjust the existing building.”

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