Spaces. A New Tradition?
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
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.