About

The Lewben Art Foundation is administrating a representative collection of Lithuanian and international art from the end of the 18th century to the present day.

About us

The Lewben Art Foundation was established in 2014 by art patron, collector and chairman of the Board at Lewben Group Vilius Kavaliauskas and his wife Rita Kavaliauskienė with the aim of making the constantly growing collection of 1,500 pieces of artwork representing more than 300 artists available to the public.

The collection of the Foundation includes artwork of various media, starting with painting, sculpture, photography, graphics and also includes video works, installations and documented performances; it covers the period from the 20th century Lithuanian modernism to Lithuanian and international contemporary art.

By creating and initiating various modern and contemporary art projects and by contributing to them, the Lewben Art Foundation promotes interest in visual arts. The Foundation has already held several dozen exhibitions, published a number of art albums and monographs about artists. The Lewben Art Foundation has plans to establish its own exhibition spaces in the future, but for the time being, the Foundation cooperates with professional visual art institutions in Lithuania and abroad.

The Lewben Art Foundation is the founder of the Public Institution Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation, which seeks to systematically explore the art of the diaspora and return it to their homeland.

The art collection administered by the Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation contains artwork by Lithuanian expatriates from the period starting with the beginning of the 20th century onwards.

The Lewben Art Foundation is also joint owner of Artnews which manages such projects as artnews.ltartbooks.lt and Echo Gone Wrong.


Past activities

2020

August

Sponsorship. Dr. GoraParasit's performance “Tristan and Isolde" in Berlin

Project. Lithuanian artists living and working abroad. Rūta Jusionytė

July

Project. Lithuanian artists living and working abroad. SetP Stanikas

June

Donation. From Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation to Lithuanian National Museum of Art

Project. Lithuanian artists living and working abroad. Vytenis Jankūnas

May

Project. Lithuanian artists living and working abroad. Kęstutis Zapkus

April

Project. New project "Coffee with Monika & Art" together with "15min.lt"

Project. #lewbenartchallenge for the colleagues

March

Project. Lithuanian artists living and working abroad. Žilvinas Kempinas

Lending. Red Becomes White Whilst Falling. Linas Leonas Katinas

February

Lending. Exhibition "Head With Many Thoughts" at Contemporary Art Centre

Lending. Exhibition "Beyond the Black Atlantic" at Kunstverein Hannover (Germany)

January

Publishing. "Art & Us" is among the most beautiful books published in Lithuania in 2019

Lending. Exhibition "Expulsions of Eve" by Ieva Martinaitytė-Mediodia in Klaipėda

2019

December

Publishing. Art album "Art & Us"

Lending. Contemporary art show in Paris celebrates centenary of Franco-Lithuanian ties

November

Lending. Exhibition "The Study. Genesis of Artwork. Augustinas Savickas" at the National Gallery of Art

Discussion. Italian artist Nico Vascellari comes to Vilnius

October

Charity auction. First charity event of Juozas Kavaliauskas Memorial Charitable Foundation: 56 thousand euros were donated to children with oncological diseases

Sponsorship. Young Painter Prize 2019

September

Training. Course at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London

Project. Art collector Vilius Kavaliauskas – among the jury members of Young Painter Prize

August

Training. Trip to San Francisco International Arts Festival

Exhibition. "Our selfie" at MO Museum

July

Exhibition. Celebration of the year of Lithuanians in the world at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Lending. Exhibition "The Sweet Sweat of the Future" at the National Gallery of Art

Lending. New display of Lithuanian art at the National Gallery of Art

June

Exhibition. Exposition "In Art We Trust" during art fair ArtVilnius'19

Discussion. "Creative Dilemma: Art, Christianity, Today"

May

Sponsorship. Lewben Art Foundation is one of the main sponsors of the Lithuanian pavilion in the Venice Biennial

April

Lending. Exhibition „Guten Morgen Europa!” in (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Lending. Exhibition “Animal – Human – Robot” at MO Museum

March

Lending. Linas Jusionis' exhibition at Zebrastaat gallery (Ghent, Belgium)

Lending. Exhibition "Vilnius in Art. 1939–1956"

February

Discussion. "What Took You So Long? Women's Affairs"

Publishing. "Lewben Art Foundation" at the Vilnius Book Fair 2019

Exhibition. "Parade Extract" at the Artists’ Association gallery in Vilnius

2018

December

Publishing. Art album "What Took You So Long"

November

Project. "Sheep Got Waxed" concert at the personal exhibition of A. Sutkus at the National Gallery of Art

Lending. Exhibition "Rare visitor: Artwork by Max Band in Marijampolė"

Lending. Exhibition "Vilmantas Marcinkevičius. Cross The Line"

Sponsorship. Young Painter Prize Awards 2018

Lending. Personal exhibition by Eglė Karpavičiūtė „Making Myself“

October

Project. "Lewben Art Foundation Playlist" for MO museum

Lending. Exhibition “Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Art of the Baltic States” at KUMU (Tallinn, Estonia)

July

Lending. Exhibition by Claire Tabouret at Festival d'Avignon (France)

June

Lending. Permanent exhibition at the Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum

Exhibition. "Fairytales? Sounds good" at the contemporary art fair ArtVilnius'18

Lending. Exhibition “Lithuania in Litvak Arts" at the Tolerance Centre of Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum

May

Lending. Exhibition “The Break of Dawn. Lithuanian Visual Arts prior to 1918” at M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art

April

Lending. Permanent exhibition at the National Gallery of Art

Exhibition. "COLLECTING HITS. Artworks and Soundtracks From the Collection of the Lewben Art Foundation" at the National Gallery of Art

Lending. Exhibition "Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States" at the Musee d'Orsay (Paris, France)

Lending. Silent Collections. Private art collections in Lithuania and Estonia in the 2nd half of the 20th Century

March 

Exhibition. “In the Time of Coil Spring” at the Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery

Sponsorship. Contribution to the project "Lithuanian Artists in South America"

2017

December

Publishing. Art album "Readdressed 2. Lithuanian and Litvak Graphics, Sculpture, Photography, Contemporary Art in the Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation"

Exhibition. “From Realism to the Object. Lithuanian World Art in the Collection of the Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation" in Marijampolė 

November

Lending. Exhibition "Under Italian Skies. Lithuanian artists' works from the 18th–first half of the 20th century"

October

Lending. Personal exhibition by Kristina Ališauskaitė "Realities in the Making“

September

Exhibition. "Hello, Paris! The Path of Litvak Artists“ (Brussels, Belgium)

Lending. Académie de Vilna – Vilnius Drawing School (1866–1915) at the National Gallery of Art

July

Exhibition. Paintings from the collection of the Lewben Art Foundation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania

June

Publishing. Catalogue of the exposition “All These Beautiful Ladies”

Exhibition. "All These Beautiful Ladies" at the contemporary art fair "ArtVilnius'17"

Sponsorship. Performance '"No one can take me away from me" by Monika Dirsytė

Lending. Solo exhibition by Tschabalala Self at "Tramway" (Glasgow, Scotland)

May

Lending. "Lithuanian Art: Thinking Through Landscape" – Lithuanian Modern and Contemporary Art (Beijing, China)

Sponsorship. Lithuanian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale

Sponsorship. Book "Public Space? Lost and Found" (MIT Press, 2017)

Sponsorship. Installation “The Garden/Restart” by Algis Kasparavičius at the exhibition “PERSONAL STRUCTURES – open borders” (Venice, Italy)

April

Exhibition. “From Realism to the Object. Lithuanian World Art in the Collection of the Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation” at Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum

March

Publishing. Art albums published by the Lewben Art Foundation at the Leipzig Book Fair 2017

Exhibition. “On the Road, at Home and in Dreams: Landscapes from the Collection of the Lewben Art Foundation“ at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery

Sponsorship. Exhibition „Lithuanian Art – Destination London“ (London, UK)

February

Exhibition. One-day exhibition "Abstraction from the collections of the Lewben Art Foundation and Valiunas Ellex"

January

Lending. Solo exhibition by Tschabalala Self at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art (London, UK)

2016

December

Publishing. Art album “Readdressed 1. Lithuanian and Litvak Painting in the Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation”

Sponsorship. Solo show by Žilvinas Kempinas at "Vartai" gallery 

November

Lending. / Sponsorship. 16th International Vilnius Painting Triennial “Nomadic Images”

Sponsorship. Solo exhibition “Decadence” by Linas Jusionis at "Vartai" gallery

October

Sponsorship. Young Painter Prize 2016

Sponsorship. Random Rapid Heartbeats. Selected projects from the CAC Vilnius programme (Tallinn, Estonia)

Lending. Exhibition "Life in Sculpture. Jacques Lipchitz – 125" at the M. Žilinskas Art Gallery

Lending. Exhibition "Algis Skačkauskas (1955-2009). Paintings" at the National Gallery of Art

September

Sponsorship. Exhibition “Cumspin” by Julijonas Urbonas at "Vartai" gallery

Sponsorship. Exhibition "Poems and things" by Krišs Salmanis at "Vartai" gallery

July

Lending. Exhibition "Life in Sculpture. Jacques Lipchitz – 125" at the Tolerance Centre of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum

June

Sponsorship. Heimo Zobernig and Julia Haller at "Vartai" gallery

Publishing. Catalogue of the exhibition “Shaping Ideas: Sculptures” at ArtVilnius’16

Exhibition. “Shaping Ideas: Sculptures” at the international contemporary art fair ArtVilnius’16

Exhibition. "Shapes and Forms". A Satellite Exhibition of ArtVilnius’16 from the Lewben Art Foundation

May

Lending. Simon Denny: Business Insider at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre (Brussels, Belgium)

Donation. In celebration of Internation Museum Day – gift to Lithuanian Museums

Lending. Exhibition "Viktoras Petravičius. Creation Coordinates" at the Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum

April

Sponsorship. Exhibition "Skateboard Prayer, or Head Below the Heart" by Eglė Budvytytė at the Contemporary Art Centre

Sponsorship. Exhibition "Ligaments" by Andrius Zakarauskas at Vartai Gallery

Exhibition. “From Realism to the Object. Lithuanian World Art in the Collection of the Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation”

Lending. Jonas Čeponis: a Colourful Glance at the World. Exhibition dedicated to mark the 90th anniversary of the artist's birth

March

Sponsorship. Exhibition "Enigma of Beginnings" at Yuz Museum Shanghai (Shanghai, China)

January

Sponsorship. Exhibition "Žilvitis" ("Willow") at Vartai Gallery

Lending. “The Man with Sauka's Face. Paintings by Šarūnas Sauka. 1978−2015” at the National Gallery of Art

2015

December

Publishing. Book "Litvak Art in Private Lithuanian Collections"

Lending. Exhibition "Shalom, Israel! The Paths of Litvak Artists"

Sponsorship. Ray Bartkus’ "The Globe" in the headquarters of the UN (New York, USA)

Lending. Exhibition “Paraphrases” at “Galerija Vartai”

Lending. The personal exhibition “Accidious” by Aidas Bareikis at the Šiauliai Art Gallery

November

Project. Virtual museum of the Lewben Art Foundation

October

Donation. Gift from the Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation to the Lithuanian Art Museum

September

Publishing. Exhibition catalogue of the “Networked Encounters Offline”

Exhibition. “Networked Encounters Offline” at the M. Žilinskas Art Gallery as part of the Kaunas Biennial

Sponsorship. Young Painter Prize

July

Publishing. Catalogue of the Lewben Art Foundation

Sponsorship. The exhibition "Laure Prouvost: Burrow Me" at Rupert

Exhibition. “Vytautas Kašuba (1915-1997). Unseen Drawings“ at the Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum

June

Exhibition. Contemporary international artists at the art fair ArtVilnius’15

Publishing. Exhibition catalogue of the Lewben Art Foundation at ArtVilnius’15

Exhibition. Pranas Domšaitis “Always on the Road. Paintings from Private Collections” at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery

Sponsorship. Erwin Wurm's "Narrow House" at the Contemporary Art Centre

May

Lending. The exhibition of works by Alfonsas Dargis at the Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum

Sponsorship. The exhibition "Edge of Chaos" (Venice, Italy)

February

Publishing. "Jonas Rimša. Returning Home". A comprehensive overview of the creative life of the painter

Exhibition. "Jonas Rimša (1903–1978). The Magic of Fire and Jungle" at Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum

2014

December

Project. Works from the collection of the Lewben Art Foundation in Google Art Institute

Publishing. Exhibition catalogue “Inversion. Evil Goods”

Exhibition. “Hello, Paris! The Path of Litvak Artists” at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in London

November

Exhibition“Hello, Paris! The Path of Litvak Artists” in "12 Star Gallery" (London, UK)

Lending. Quadrennial 2014

September

Lending. "Fountain" by Žilvinas Kempinas in Műcsarnok (Budapest, Hungary)

SponsorshipYoung Painter Prize

SponsorshipSolo exhibition of Deimantas Narkevičius "Sounds Like the XX Century"

August

Exhibition. "Colours and Forms of France" at the Tolerance Center of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum

July

Lending. "Fountain" by Žilvinas Kempinas in the festival "Les échappées belles" (Alençon, France)

June

Exhibition. Contemporary art fair ArtVilnius‘14

May

Sponsorship. SCARECROW by Žilvinas Kempinas in Socrates Sculpture Park (New York, USA)

Exhibition. “Inversion. Evil Goods” in Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center

April

Publishing. The monograph “Kęstutis Zapkus”

Exhibition. "Kęstutis Zapkus. A Retrospective of Painting" at the National Gallery of Art

Exhibition. "The Shine" at the National Gallery of Art

January

Exhibition. "Hello, Paris! The Path of Litvak Artists" at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery

Exhibition. Exhibition of contemporary art "3" in Anykščiai

2013 

November

Lending. Exhibition "Mindwalk" in art gallery Vartai

Lending. Kazimieras Žoromskis "From Realism to Optical Art" in the Museum of Applied Arts

September

Exhibition. Jonas Rimša “Life in wanderings” in Anykščiai chapel

Exhibition. Jonas Rimša “Bronze People. Indian Spirit Revealed“ at M. Žilinskas Art Gallery



Management Board and Administration

Vilius Kavaliauskas Lewben
Vilius Kavaliauskas
Chairman
Rita Kavaliauskienė 
Board Member
Rolandas Valiūnas
Board Member
Ramunė Vilija Zabulienė
Board Member
Indrė Tubinienė
Board Member
Ugnė Bužinskaitė 
Director

 

Curators: 
Ugnė Bužinskaitė, Francesca Ferrarini, DR Vilma Gradinskaitė, Laima Kreivytė, Monika Krikštopaitytė, DR Ramutė Rachlevičiūtė, DR Nijolė Tumėnienė, DR Rasa Andriušytė-Žukienė

 

Subsidiary institution - Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation

Giedrė Marčiulaitė
Executive Director
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