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The Gallery “Dalia”

The Gallery “Dalia”, opened this April, is a private 182 sq meter (5.5 m high) exhibiting venue situated in the New Town of Vilnius, under one roof with a furniture and design store, and a restaurant. Named after its owner, Dalia Markevičienė, designer and a businesswoman, the gallery is a revolutionary initiative in several aspects. As of yet, there is a local prejudice that for an art gallery to operate successfully, it must be sited in the Old Town or centrally. Dalia, instead of trying to squeeze into the Old Town, creates a new, modern and aesthetic attraction centre, which is spacious and offers most diverse possibilities. She is also one of the very few sponsors of professional art in the country. The artists exhibiting in the gallery are provided a free exhibiting space and free publicity services. The gallery focuses on traditional branches of art, but is also open for innovative ideas. So far the gallery has featured exhibitions of three leading Lithuanian artists, two painters, Jūratė Mykolaitytė, Audrius Gražys, and Dalia Matulaitė, a sculptor. Dalia is very pleased with the impact of these exhibitions, as the gallery is already performing the function of bringing high quality art into the eye of the wider public, and expanding the circle of art users. She is confident, that sponsoring art is not only a philanthropic activity, but a part of a wise business plan. She follows the suit of the world business people and hopes that Lithuania sees even larger than herself sponsors of art.

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