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About the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (CAC)

The Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) is the largest venue for contemporary art in the Baltic States, with an exhibition space of 2400 square meters. The CAC is a non-collection based institution committed to developing a broad range of international and Lithuanian exhibition projects as well as presenting a wide range of public programmes including lectures, seminars, performances, film and video screenings, and live new music events. The building was inaugurated in 1968 as the Art Exhibition Palace and was run as a branch of the Lithuanian Museum of Art until 1988. Since 1992, the CAC has been an independent institution principally funded by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. In 1997 the CAC was gifted a Fluxus Archive by the Silverman Collection (Detroit) in commemoration of Lithuanian Fluxus co-founder George Maciunas, that it keeps on permanent display.

The CAC organises approximately five/six large-scale exhibition projects per annum (including retrospectives, surveys, and international group shows) in conjunction with up to 15 smaller projects. The CAC is well known internationally as the home of the Baltic Triennial of International Art, one of the major contemporary festival exhibitions in Northern Europe. In 2005 the IX Baltic Triennial: BMW (Black Market Worlds) was positively reviewed by international specialist press. And in 2009 the X Baltic Triennial: Urban Stories was the lynchpin contemporary art event in the national program of ‘Vilnius – European Capital of Culture’. In 2012 ‘Mindaugas Triennial’ turned into 12 day event focused exclusively on performance and film, where the contributions of artists were channelled through a radically minimized vessel – one human being.

Since 2005, the CAC has produced the magazine CAC Interviu: a bilingual (Lithuanian & English) interview based publication that focuses on the Baltic region while providing a view on topical events that impact on art produced everywhere. In 2009 the CAC launched the CAC Reading Room - a dynamic space for reading, talking, and the presentation of social, educational and contemporary art events designed by the Amsterdam-based collective of architects and designers Anouk Vogel, Johan Selbing, and Bart Guldemond. In 2012 the CAC has expanded its activity by opening a new film space – the CAC Cinema, dedicated to presenting the searches for a new film language and works by authors from different continents. The CAC Cinema seeks to provide a ground for institutional dialogue between arts and film.

The CAC also produces exhibitions abroad. In 2001, 2007 and 2011 the CAC was the commissioning institution of the Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale with the artists Deimantas Narkevicius, and Gediminas & Nomeda Urbonas, Darius Miksys respectively. In 2009 it presented a Frieze Project in London, in 2012 – a project ‘Black Pillow‘ in the Liverpool Biennial. The CAC has also collaborated with institutions in the Czech Republic, Germany and Estonia to present the touring project FLUXUS East (2007–2008), and has been a partner institution, co-producer, and venue in the international exhibitions ‘Holiday In’ (2007) ‘On Mobility' (2006), ‘Populism’ (2005), and ‘Who If Not We…?’ (2004–2005).


Halls of exhibitions
The two floors of the Contemporary Art Centre contain five exhibition halls with
the total area of over 2000 square meters, an open-air courtyard and a conference hall
on the first floor.
Ground Floor Hall - 184.6 m2 (7.7 x 24)
South Hall on the First floor - 215.7 m2 (9 x 24)
Main Hall on the First floor- 964.9 m2 (24 x 41)
North Hall on the First floor - 296 m2 (12.9 x 24)
Courtyard - 213.7 m2 (12 x18)
Conference Hall - 215.7 m2

Opening hours
Tuesday - Sunday
12:00 - 20:00

CAC exhibitions and cinema are open during these public holidays
February 16th
March 11th
May 1st
First Sunday in May
First Sunday in June
June 24th
July 6th
August 15th

Tickets
Full price 8 LTL
Concession - 4 LTL
Free entry to exhibitions on Wednesdays
Special events are priced individually
(Not open for Lithuanian Public Holidays)

Excursions
Wednesdays at 5 pm - all visitors free of charge
Tuesdays – Fridays - all visitors with a ticket to exhibitions on the time set in advance.
Excursions time can be arranged via phone or e-mail: +370 687 85713, e-mail: renata@cac.lt

Fluxus Cabinet
Permanent exposition of nearly 100 original Fluxus works from the collection of Gilbert and Lila Silverman
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday
12:00 - 20:00

CAC Reading Room
Opening hours: Monday - Friday
12:00 - 19:00

CAC Cinema
Opening hours: Wednesday - Sunday
Full price 12 LTL
Concession - 8 LTL
Free entry to exhibitions till 20:00 with cinema ticket

Café
The CAC has a café that is a favourite among Vilnius artists
The CAC café is open daily from 11am until midnight

Address
Contemporary Art Centre
Vokieciu 2
LT- 01130 Vilnius
Lithuania

Phone
+370 5 2121945 (CAC ticket office)
+370 5 2608960 (CAC program coordinators)
+370 687 85713 (CAC press and promotions)

Fax
+370 5 2623954

E-mail
info @ cac.lt
Calendar
Penktadienį ŠMC kino salėje – Dariaus Žiūros filmas „Veidai“
„Menų dūzgės“ Šiuolaikinio meno centre: ekskursijos po parodas ir Fluxus kabinetą dailės mokytojams
Šį ketvirtadienį Šiuolaikinio meno centre – trijų lietuvių menininkų personalinių parodų atidarymai
ŠMC kino salė kviečia žiūrovus susipažinti su beveik šimtu 21-ojo amžiaus menininkų iš viso pasaulio
Knygos-eksperimento „Art Embassy“ pristatymas
Archive
Contacts
Address:
You will find the Contemporary Art Centre in the centre of the city, in the heart of the Old Town: Vokieciu 2, LT- 01130, Vilnius

Opening hours
Tuesday - Sunday
12:00 - 20:00
CAC exhibitions and cinema are open during these public holidays

Tickets
Full price 8 LTL
Concession - 4 LTL
Free entry on Wednesdays

Excursions
Wednesdays at 5 pm - all visitors free of charge
Tuesdays – Fridays - all visitors with a ticket to exhibitions on the time set in advance.
Excursions time can be arranged via phone or e-mail: +370 687 85713, e-mail: renata@cac.lt

Telephone
+370 5 2608960

Fax
+370 2623954

Fluxus Cabinet
Tuesday - Sunday
12:00 - 20:00

CAC Reading Room
Monday - Friday
12:00 - 19:00

CAC Cinema
Wednesday - Sunday
Full price 12 LTL
Concession - 8 LTL
Free entry to exhibitions till 20:00 with cinema ticket