Vilnius Unveils an Exciting New Design Museum


The new private MO Modern Art Museum founded by Danguole and Viktoras Butkus has opened its doors in Vilnius. The museum stands on the site of the legendary former Lietuva Cinema and is home to some 5,000 works of contemporary Lithuanian artists from the 1960s to the present.

Museum architect Daniel Libeskind can now add the MO Museum to his portfolio of work, which includes buildings like the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Dancing Towers in Seoul, and the World Trade Center master plan in New York. Libeskind was thrilled to design an intimate and iconic museum for a great collection of contemporary art. “As someone who has a true appreciation for the history and beauty of Vilnius, I believe the building and its architecture will become a wonderful place to enjoy art and the spirit of the city,” he reflected.

The 3,500 square-metre ‘cultural gateway’ connects the city's 18th century grid and medieval walled city. The lively and vibrant public venue offers a variety of exceptional spaces for events right in the heart of Vilnius, including the main exposition hall on the third floor with over 1,000 square metres, the smaller exposition space on the second floor  with 190 square metres, and the highly-equipped event centre with seating for 112 people. The MO also offers a roomy lobby lounge, reading room, meeting room, cafe, rooftop terrace, equipped with seats for 280 delegates and laid out over the second and third floors.

The museum is engaging in dynamic experiences and plans to present a principal exhibition in the Grand Hall every six months, which will be accompanied by four exhibitions in the project space.



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