Past Exhibitions

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.
Exhibition "The Saint of the 20th Century John Paul II"

2020 05 18 – 2020 07 11

On 4-8 September 1993 pope John Paul II (1920–2005) visited Lithuania. His message, simple yet powerful, “Be not afraid!“ then provided strenght and courage to a newly independent, young country of Lithuania. In commemoration of the centenary of the birth of St John Paul II, Vilnius Archdiocese and Church Heritage Museum invites us to remember that extraordinary time by taking a look at the gifts of John Paul II to the churches of Lithuania and, at the same time, to the whole country.
Spiritual Children of Fribourg: Lithuanians at the University of Fribourg and...

2019 09 27 – 2019 11 30

The exhibition held at the Church Heritage Museum of the Vilnius Archdiocese and the University of Fribourg is the first attempt to present for the public the intellectual activity of Lithuanians who studied at the Catholic University of Fribourg in the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century and their significance for the fledgling modern state of Lithuania through the activity of the Rūta–Lituania student society and related artefacts.
Born in Spain, Beloved in Antakalnis. Images of Jesus of Nazareth in Lithuania

2019 05 23 – 2019 09 14

The exhibition presents images of Christ that are conventionally called Jesus of Nazareth. These works of common origin, bearing the biblical name of the Messiah, constitute an important part of the heritage of Lithuanian Catholic art. The prototype of sculptures of Jesus of Nazareth and their images is the miraculous robed statue of Christ from the Church of the Discalced Trinitarians in Madrid. In Spain and in the territories where the Discalced Trinitarians operated, the image spread beyond the boundaries of the order. In Lithuania the artistic heritage of the cult of Jesus of Nazareth promoted by the Trinitarians is significant, and the tradition of creating this image was gradually linked with the devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Antakalnis.


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