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A. Mončio namų-muziejaus ekspozicija. 2002, Palanga


Untraditional Spaces. A New Tradition?

by Ignas Kazakevičius

Most galleries in different towns across Lithuania are similar in the policy they pursue and the ways they target their audience and clients. The greatest similarity is typical of galleries involved in exclusively commercial type of activity. These usually fall into the category of “traditional exhibition space”. On the other hand, galleries involved in presenting projects – actions, performances and the like are perceived as “untraditional spaces”. Three new “untraditional spaces” have opened recently in Lithuania.
The Antanas Mončys’ House-museum, located in the coastal recreational town of Palanga, was founded by the Culture Ministry, Palanga municipality, and the Mončys’ Fund. The first floor of the museum holds a permanent exhibition of the work of Mončys. The ground floor is a gallery featuring contemporary art. In four years the gallery has emerged as a more or less regular circle of artists. Shows range from debuts to well-established names, from video art to traditional forms. The gallery has launched several projects, representing series of exhibitions combined with educational classes and discussions. Such efforts of the museum are instrumental in bridging the gap between cultural centers and peripheries. This July the Mončys’ House-museum will host an inter-disciplinary project to introduce the legacy of the famous Lithuanian sculptor through arts, literature and music.
Based in London, “IBID projects” opened their exhibiting premises in the old town of Vilnius last year. The founder and director of the gallery is Vita Zaman. The gallery focuses on the latest tendencies in visual arts and works with artists from Great Britain, Austria, Germany and Lithuania. “IBID projects” acts as facilitator for the artists in developing projects and presents the artists at art fairs. In Vilnius “IBID projects” is involved exclusively in organizing exhibitions; in London it performs both commercial and exhibiting functions.
“ARTeritorija”, a gallery of contemporary art and design, was opened in 2002 in Kaunas, on the main square of the old town. The gallery features objects, installations, contemporary sculpture, painting and graphic arts. The gallery combines commercial activity, interior design services and non-profit projects. It has ambitious plans for this year, especially in interior design arena.
All these galleries work with professional artists active in Lithuania and abroad and focus exclusively on contemporary art.

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