Visit the Mo Museum, the newest modern art museum in Lithuania hosting more than 4,000 works of modern and contemporary Lithuanian visual arts collected by Danguolė and Viktoras Butkus. The building, created by Daniel Libeskind, is itself a work of modern art inspired by the historic gates of the city. The museum is opening this 18 October.
Just a couple of streets away from the Mo Museum is the Contemporary Art Center (CAC), the largest venue for contemporary art in the Baltic States and home of the Baltic Triennial of International Art. The exhibition spaces are always changing, so visitors can expect something new each time they go. The museum also offers visitors a chance to see the most important Fluxus artists in its only permanent exhibition – George Maciunas Fluxus Cabinet. The museum offers free tours every Wednesday at 5 p.m.
To get a firm grasp on Lithuania’s art heritage of the 20th and 21st centuries, visit the National Gallery of Art. For example, you can see 100 years of Lithuanian design – from chairs to computers – until 30 September. There is also an extensive permanent exhibition of modern and contemporary Lithuanian artists.
Don’t miss your chance to see the most famous and exciting European theatre artists at the Vilnius International Theatre Festival Sirenos from 27 September to 30 October. For fourteen years the festival has presented the talents who most actively and interestingly respond to the ever-changing reality of contemporary life.
Keep an eye out for plays by the acclaimed Lithuanian director Oskaras Koršunovas at the National Theatre. He is a master of modern theatre with more than 30 national and international theatre awards. In his hands, even the classic Tartuffe easily molds into a modern hero.
Vilnius is also a home of modern opera, with young Lithuanian talents giving unforgettable performances. Director Dalia Ibelhauptaitė and the Vilnius City Opera put a modern twist on the classical operas. Eugene Onegin teleported to a Soviet communal flat and singing his arias in a tracksuit? See how it can work on 25-28 October at the Vilnius Congress Hall.
Look out for the blue ‘Talking Statue’ tags on 15 statues spread out around Vilnius. Talk to the Grand Duke Gediminas, the Užupis Angel, or to Frank Zappa. What do they see standing in one place? All you need is a smartphone to call them and you’ll hear their intriguing stories.
See a new stage for modern art emerging at the Sapiegos Tech Park, a place for startups and entrepreneurs. Next to the historic 19th century buildings of Lithuanian noblemen Sapiegos, the huge sculptures by Donatas Jankauskas-Duonis currently on display are looking into human evolution.
Also, see our city break in Užupis guide to explore the most modern district in Vilnius.
When you’re tired, check our guide for the best cup of coffee in the stylish and novel cafes.