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national art gallery

(Branch of the Lithuanian Art Museum)

Address: Konstitucijos pr. 22, LT-08105 Vilnius.
Tel.: (+370 ~ 5) 212 29 97, 219 59 60.
Email: info[at]
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Information for Visitor

Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11–19,
Thursday 12–20,
Sunday 11–17.
Closed on Monday and national holidays
Information Centre of National Art Gallery:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 12–18,
Thursday and Saturday 13–18,
Closed on Monday, Sunday and national holidays.
On the eve of National Holidays opening hours are shortened for one hour.

adults – 1,73 €;
pupils, students and OAP – 0,86 €;
children under 7, disabled, ICOM member – free.
Please note that tickets are available till the last half of an hour before closure of the gallery.

Guided tours:
lithuanian language – 8,68 €;
foreign languages – 14,48 €.

Information about guided tours and reservation tel. (+370 ~ 5) 219 5961. E-mail: edukacija[at]

the gallery is fitted for visitors with mobility impairments. 

About the Gallery  
Gallery is a subdivision of Lithuanian Art Museum. It is composed of 10 collection exposition halls, a Grand Exhibition Hall, Auditorium, Information Centre, Museum Education Centre, storages, administration premises, bookshop and café.
The goal of the National Art Gallery is to collect and research Lithuanian art of the 20th and 21st Century and present it to Lithuanian and international audiences as a part of the international modern art culture. Our aim is to study Lithuanian art heritage of this period, broaden the view of our audiences, reveal the links between Lithuanian art and art in other countries, encourage new interpretations of Lithuanian art, and develop a culture of understanding visual arts. NGA is a contemporaneous, multifunctional centre for art and culture seeking a dialogue with society. This is a space for active communication where the audience can see the permanent exposition and temporary exhibitions as well as participate in cultural events, lectures and educational programmes.
Exhibitions of 20th–21st Century Lithuanian and international art are organised in the Grand Exhibition Hall. Commissioned new art works are featured in the lobbies and courtyard. The 150 seat Auditorium hosts lectures, conferences, cultural events and screenings of films and videos by Lithuanian and foreign artists. The Information Center runs the only in Lithuania archive on 20th–21st Century Lithuanian artists and the library–reading room.

The 20th–21st Century Lithuanian art collection includes over 46 000 exhibits. Modern and contemporary Lithuanian painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, installations and video art are presented in the collection exposition covering:
multinational art milieu of Vilnius in the beginning of the 20th Century, the birth of the Lithuanian art movement;
modern art in Lithuania and Vilnius region in the first half of the 20th Century;
works of Lithuanian artists affected by World War II and Soviet occupation in mid 20th Century; manifestations of socialist realism;
Lithuanian art and photography in the second half of the 20th Century continuing the modernist tradition; the art of Lithuanian artists in exile;
contemporary Lithuanian art at the end of the 20th–21st Centuries.

Present Exhibitions >
Archive Exhibitions >

Modern and Contemporary Lithuanian Art in the Collections of Lithuanian Art Museum

Mstislavas Dobužinskis.
Vilnius. Mėsinių Street.
Art of the first half of the 20th century
Vilnius was the main centre of Lithuanian artistic life at the beginning of the 20th Century. Then it was a city of the Russian Empire, and the centre of the region. Artists who studied at schools in Warsaw, Krakow, St. Petersburg, Paris and Munich lived and worked here; art societies were founded and exhibitions were organised. Artists who studied at the Vilnius Drawing School and later became famous include Jacques Lipchitz, Chaim Soutine, Lazar Segal, Michel Kikoine. The artists who lived in Vilnius were mostly Russian, Polish and Jewish. The Lithuanian art movement was stimulated by The Lithuanian Art Society, which organised exhibitions of Lithuanian art from 1907. Various tendencies, such as realism, impressionism, symbolism, modernism, can be seen in works by Vilnius artists. The art in Vilnius from this period is strongly represented in the collection of the Lithuanian Art Museum, which is in possession of works by some the most renowned painters of the time:, including Lev Antokolski, Stanisław Bohusz-Siestrzeńcewicz, Stanisław Jarocki, Sergei Juzhanin, Ivan Rybakov, Ferdynand Ruszczyc, Nikolai Sergeyev-Korobov, Kazimierz Stabrowski and Ivan Trutnyov, and also by works from participants of the first exhibitions of Lithuanian art: Petras Kalpokas, Adomas Varnas, Justinas Vienožinskis, Antanas Žmuidzinavičius. More >

Aloyzas Stasiulevičius.
Blue Crossroads.
1998 m. Canvas, Oil.
Art of the second half of the 20th century
Developments of art in Independent Lithuania were interrupted by the occupation of the USSR, which began in 1941. After the war, Lithuanian art divided into two branches: those who stayed in the country and those who emigrated to the West. Artists who were forced to leave Lithuania spread across North and South America, Australia and Europe; they cherished traditions of their country’s art, but and also experienced influences of art in other countries. The collection of the Lithuanian Art Museum also includes paintings, sculptures and prints by some of the artists who worked in exile, including Paulius Augius-Augustinavičius, Alfonsas Dargis, Pranas Domšaitis, Albinas Elskus, Pranas Gailius, Adomas Galdikas, Vytautas Ignas, Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas, Vytautas Kasiulis, Vytautas Kašuba, Petras Kiaulėnas, Pranas Lapė, Žibuntas Mikšys, Antanas Mončys, Vaclovas Ratas-Rataiskis, Vytas Sakalas, Magdalena Stankūnienė, Elena Urbaitytė, Telesforas Valius, Albertas Vesčiūnas, Romas Viesulas, Viktoras Vizgirda, Kęstutis Zapkus, Kazimieras Žoromskis and others. More >

The Museum Education Centre organizes art lessons, practical art workshops, excursions, lectures, meetings with museum curators as well as Lithuanian and foreign artists. Educational programmes on modern and contemporary Lithuanian and international art are designed for families with children, schoolchildren and visitors of various age groups.  

History of the Gallery
The National Gallery of Art is situated on the right bank of the River Neris in the new public and commercial centre of Vilnius, in close proximity to the Vilnius Municipality, banks, hotels as well as commerce and entertainment centres.
The prime building was designed by  architects Gediminas Baravykas and Vytautas Vielius in 1968. It was built in 1980 and housed the Museum of Revolution of the LSSR.
A subdivision of the National Art Museum of Lithuania, the National Gallery of Art, was opened in this building in 1993. Until the building was closed for reconstruction it held constant expositions of Lithuanian folk art and sculpture by Vytautas Kasuba. In 2003 a project by Audrius Bučas, Darius Čaplinskas and Gintaras Kuginys won the competition for the architectural reconstruction and extension of the National Gallery of Art.
In 2005 the National Gallery of Art was awarded a Japanese cultural grant aid to the value of 180,000 EUR; to furnish the auditorium with audiovisual equipment for conferences and culture events.
The reconstruction and extension of the National Gallery of Art is part of the Millennium of Lithuania Programme and was finished in 2009.
The National Gallery of Art hosted two of the principal projects of Vilnius - "European Capital of Culture 2009: the international exhibitions Dialogues of Colour and Sound. Works by Čiurlionis and His Contemporaries" and "Cold War Modern: Art and Design in a Divided World. 1945-1970".
In the National Gallery took place the events of Lithuania’s Presidency of the Council of the the European Union.

Photos by Andrius Valužis etc.

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