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MO Museum of Modern Art opened in Vilnius

  • 2018-10-31

After months of anticipation, the MO Museum of Modern Art has officially opened its doors to general audiences. During the four-day event, the first visitors were treated with numerous conferences, concerts, and performances. MO´s permanent display sheds some light on the works of a set of artists that were partially ignored by an environment heavily influenced by State policy during the Soviet period. Therefore, Antanas Sutkus´ stills of 1960´s Vilnius everyday life, located in the second floor of the building, serve as an introduction that allows viewers to "un-prejudice" look back in time upon Vilnius´ streets and to a movement of photographers that eventually would move away completely from the socialist realism aesthetic of the time. The third floor of the museum, its main exhibition hall, hosts the MO´s largest catalogue of artists on display. Besides the individual value of each of the pieces exposed, it is important to highlight the effort to keep a clear and easy to follow undergoing narrative throughout the exhibition, even in its most subtle details. The contrast created by Paulius Juska´s "realistic painting style," face to face, to Egle Ridikaite´s un-polished graffiti-style paintings, is something worth mentioning. Although most of the works exhibited now are paintings, there are a couple of eye-grabbing video-installations like Jurga Barilaite´s "Storm in a Glass" or Andrius Kviliunas series of videos, that will satisfy those looking for interdisciplinary artworks. Besides visiting the exhibition halls, the museum also counts with a reading room, a coffee shop and a gift shop where you can buy some of the art catalogues and other materials already published under the MO´s name.