Past Exhibitions

Through the Gates of the East: Orient in Lithuanian liturgical textiles...

With this exhibition, the Church Heritage Museum of the Vilnius Archdiocese presented unique 32 Oriental fabrics and embroideries preserved in Lithuanian liturgical textiles. The exhibition featured fabrics and embroideries created in China, the Ottoman Empire, Safavid Persia, India and Central Asia. These are the countries through which, the Silk Road stretched from since the II century BC, to the XV century AC, laying the foundations for a deep tradition of silk fabric production.
After Reading, Share with Others: The Chronicle of the Catholic Church of...

2022 06 17 – 2022 09 30

The Church Heritage Museum invited you to visit an installation in the bell tower of Vilnius Cathedral dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of "The Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania". Visitors were be able to interactively experience the dangerous work of distributing "The Chronicle", symbolically becoming collaborators and boldly "freeing" the knowledge trapped in the "cage" of Soviet censorship. The installation in the bell tower was complemented by audio recordings from the archive of "The Voice of America" radio, as well as information stands in the cathedral square, which invited visitors to learn more about the history of the publication and distribution of "The Chronicle".
The Star is Alight! Nativity Scenes from the Alps to the Baltic Sea

The exhibition of the Church Heritage Museum and the Diocesan Museum Freising (Bavaria, Germany) encompasses 29 items (20 from Germany and 9 from Lithuania) coming from museum collections, churches and private collectors. The exhibition presents the traditional way of depicting the birth of Jesus Christ in the Alpine region and in Lithuania. The oldest reliefs, paintings, Nativity scenes and sculptures dating back to the 14th century have symbolic iconographic accents, while the works of professional artists and modern pieces demonstrate the variety of interpretation possibilities of this theme. The gem of the exhibition is the Bavarian and Tyrolean Nativity scenes of impressive size encompassing hundreds of figures that have been supplemented and expanded throughout the decades.
St Dominic and St Hyacinth in Lithuania: Eight Centuries of Memory

2021 08 17 – 2022 01 29

The content of the exhibition which opens on 17th of August reflects a memorial tradition that has been continuing for eight centuries. It originates from the saints’ life stories, which were later supplemented with reports about visions and miracles. The display stands include excerpts from the sources that inspired the portrayals of the saints, as well as presentations on various frescoes, mouldings or paintings that were not available to be borrowed for the exhibition, such as the oldest image of St Dominic in Lithuania, which has survived to this day as part of a fresco at the Bernardine Church in Vilnius, or rococo mouldings and murals at the Church and Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius.
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.


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