MO Museum – a travelling museum
In this form, MO operated even before the museum was opened.
From the very beginning, we paid attention to meeting and getting to know communities in different Lithuanian cities and regions, travelling with MO educational activities for children and adults, and later MO exhibitions.
The new educational project “Travelling Museum: Get to Know Yourself through Art”, which will last for several years, will provide an opportunity to reach more remote cities and towns. During the project, we will present the exhibition “Celebrate for Change” and offer the chance to get acquainted with modern art.
Educational project “Travelling Museum: Get to Know Yourself through Art”
The best experiences of MO Museum’s exhibitions, educators, creativity and working with families will be presented in 8 locations throughout Lithuania.
WHERE AND WHEN ARE WE GOING?
Marijampole: April 1 – May 13, 2022
Moletai: May 16 – June 24, 2022
Antaliepte (Zarasai district): June 27 – August 5, 2022
Akmene: September 5 – October 28, 2022
Silute: October 31 – December 9, 2022
Birzai: January 9 – February 17, 2023
Druskininkai: February 21 – March 31, 2023
Salcininkai: April 17 – May 28, 2023
HOW WILL WE TRAVEL?
In each city, we will present:
– Travel-adapted exhibition “Celebrate for Change”
– Training for educators and cultural workers, who will use the gained experience in their daily work
– Educational activities for children from visited regions
– “Family Sunday” educational activities
The project is funded by
The project is funded by the European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms Instrument “Development of Cultural Accessibility and Strengthening Cultural Education”.
Travelling exhibition: “The Origin of Species: 1990s DNA”
The most visited MO Museum’s exhibition “The Origin of Species. 90s DNA“, which attracted more than 145 thousand visitors, is travelling since 2020. We want to give those who did not attend the exhibition in Vilnius the opportunity to see a part of it in other Lithuanian cities.
Thus, in the summer of 2020, we showed a part of this exhibition in Klaipėda. From September, its fragments travelled to Utena, Telšiai and Panevėžys. Visitors could discover selected exhibition installations and works from the MO collection adapted to the spaces of each city gallery or cultural centre.
In 2021, we continued to travel with fragments of the most visited MO exhibition: we visited Alytus and Šiauliai.
MO education in other regions
In 2021, we also travelled with MO educations. We visited Šilutė, Švenčionys, Kaunas, Zarasai, Šiauliai.
Visual Thinking Exchange Through Art: Teachers Project
MO Museum is a space where teachers can meet, interact and create collaborative activities. In 2021, we invited teachers to the project “Visual Thinking Exchange Through Art: Teachers Project”, organised together with the British Council in Lithuania.
The project aims to create a collaborative relationship between the museum and the teachers community, to learn the visual thinking method widely used in MO educations, which can be widely applied in various curricula.
During the training, MO educators share their experiences with the teachers involved in the project. Teachers learn and acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of applying the visual thinking method and using various qualitative methods, they can apply this learned material in educational processes.
We are glad to continue the project in 2022!
Part of the exhibition “From That Opera” in Klaipėda
In the summer of 2021, part of the MO Museum’s exhibition “From That Opera”, created in collaboration with Vilnius City Opera (VCO), went to Klaipeda.
At the lighthouse BHouse, it was possible to see the behind-the-scenes of the opera, learn about the history of the VCO’s decade and learn about the dream musical role of the Hollywood actor and director Dexter Fletcher. As in Vilnius, the exhibition in the port city was accompanied by live meetings with opera soloists and their performances.
Educational project “Visual Thinking Exchange Through Art”
In 2020, we implemented a significant and meaningful project with our partner British Council in Lithuania. The project had important goals to reduce the exclusion of regional and national minorities, maximise their participation in public life and foster a sense of community.
To achieve these goals, we used a tool used in MO education activities – the Visual Thinking Strategy.
During the project, we looked for new experiences in the museum and travelled to schools and communities in different Lithuanian cities and towns. Together with the Romanian, Tatar, Moldavian, Jewish, Russian and Polish communities, we carried out the project in MO Museum.
The educational project was implemented under the “People to People” program in cooperation with the British Council in Lithuania.
Exhibition of A. Kunčius’ photographs “By the Sea” in Klaipėda
2019 was the first time that MO Museum travelled to the seaside with an exhibition. This was the exhibition of A. Kunčius’ photographs “By the Sea“.
One of the longest-running cycles in the history of Lithuanian photography – Algimantas Kunčius’ photography cycle “By the Sea“ – was exhibited at Švyturys Bhouse in Klaipėda throughout the summer of 2019. The works, in which the photographer captured the everyday and eloquent aesthetics of seaside images, were presented to the residents and guests of Klaipėda.
MO education in other regions
In 2019, MO educators attended schools in Rūdiškės, Raseiniai, Alytus and Zarasai, where they conducted visual thinking classes and integrated lessons in literature, art and creative writing.
“Gardens” by Ray Bartkus in New York
The works in MO Museum’s collection began to travel as soon as the museum was opened. In 2018, one of the installations in the collection even found itself in the United States.
In 2018 December 17, the seven-month tour of US cities was completed by the aluminium and light installation “Gardens” by the famous Lithuanian artist Ray Bartkus. This installation was intended to commemorate the centenary of the Lithuanian state’s restoration and, in the form of art, present our country to Americans.
In seven months, the “Gardens” appeared in various US cities: the Washington Train Station, the Chicago Public Library, the Kimmel Philadelphia Centre for the Arts, the United Nations headquarters in New York. The last stop was at the New York Federal Palace Memorial Museum.
The presentation of the installation “Gardens” was organised in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York, the Lithuanian Cultural Institute and MO Museum.
Getting to know communities
Also, MO Museum dedicated 2018 to get to know the communities. We visited the major Lithuanian cities, got acquainted with the new museum and invited others to create it together.
Getting to know communities
Even before the museum’s opening, it was essential for MO to get to know future visitors, communicate with them and discuss art and the contemporary museum.
We dedicated 2017 to getting to know each other, playing games with students, talking to communities and everyone who invited us. Ieva Rekštytė-Matuliauskė, an educator of the Travelling Museum, visited Vilnius city schools and, together with students and their teachers, looked for the ways to turn the usual 45 minutes of a lesson into a meeting of creativity, art and childish curiosity that could inspire a longer acquaintance with culture.