Past Exhibitions

Sacred Vilnius: Pilgrimage from the Gates of Dawn to Kalvarija Way of the Cross

2021 04 20 – 2021 07 04

The Church Heritage Museum and Vilnius Picture Gallery presents the exhibition "Sacred Vilnius: Pilgrimage from the Gates of Dawn to Kalvarija Way of the Cross". The display at the Picture Gallery of the Lithuanian National Museum of Art explores the iconographic features of the temples and shrines visited by the pilgrims on their way, while the Church Heritage Museum invites to see different pieces of art connected to these temples and chapels. These two parts are linked by the extant paintings from the chapels of Vilnius Calvary, part of which were thought to have been lost in the wake of the 1963 destruction.
Preachers, Thaumaturges and an Architect. Images of Saints in Churches of the...

2020 10 22 – 2021 04 01

The exhibition displays twenty-one paintings from various churches of the Archdiocese of Vilnius. The very name of the exhibition indicates that we will see the images of famous preachers (St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Francis of Assisi) and wonder makers (St. Roch, St. Jozafat Kuncewicz, and St. Severinus). And who is the architect? It is St. Thomas the Apostle with a carpenter’s square in his hand. For the first time, the paintings of the church saints have left their altars and liturgical spaces and have been displayed in the museum hall, where visitors can inspect, analyse, compare and question them from up close. After the exhibition, they will return to their churches to fulfil their duties: to tell, to invite, and to console.
A Little More Sacrifice. An Exhibition of Ona Grigaitė

2020 05 21 – 2020 11 28

Ona Grigaitė (born 1963) is a Lithuanian ceramics artist who has greatly contributed to the history of Lithuanian art with her novel pieces of conceptual ceramic art born out of postmodern thought and worldview, boldly stepping across the boundaries of genres and art forms. In this exhibition the artist invites us to explore Christian values in nowadays fragile world.
The Ways Contemporary Art Reaches Churches: 1990–2019

2019 12 07 – 2020 09 12

The exhibition showcases the initiatives of parishes, monastic communities, priests and lay commissioners that have made it possible for contemporary art to get into Lithuanian churches and chapels. Contemporary art from 1990–2019 is viewed as a question of what the development of present-day sacral art tells us about the Lithuanian society. The exhibition is not aimed at showcasing all the sacral artworks that have been created in Lithuania in 1990–2019. Instead, it comprises exhibits that are representative of certain “cases”, showing the variety of ways in which contemporary art got to churches, the complex histories of cooperation between artists and commissioners; items that stand out thanks to their artistry and quality of execution, as well as their unique ways of expressing traditional Christian themes and ideas.
Exhibition of Objects Restored in the Workshop of Museum

2019 12 07 – 2020 09 12

The largest and most valuable assortment of liturgical textiles in Lithuania is kept in the collections of the Archdiocese of Vilnius Church Heritage Museum. The Church Heritage Museum textile restoration workshop began its work in 2013. It is led by Indraja Kubilytė with the help of Vidmantė Narvidaitė. The exhibition presents work carried out in the workshop of the Church Heritage Museum and during traineeships in Cologne.


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