We've been supporting from the start
We support the Ukrainian people with all our hearts. Since the first days of the war in Ukraine, by loudly saying MAKE ART, NOT WAR, we have been trying and striving to contribute to the support of Ukraine, as well as to the emotional health. We must remain calm, united and provide help to those who need it most. This is especially important today.
WHAT ARE WE DOING AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO FOR UKRAINE?
Financial support for Ukraine
Thank you to all the visitors of the MO Museum who helped us raise € 8,812 for the Blue/Yellow Foundation in the first week of the war in Ukraine. In this way, everyone who sought solace in the museum could also contribute to supporting this country, rich in people and spirit.
You can continue to contribute to Ukraine when you visit MO Museum. When you buy a standard MO Museum ticket, please choose it with an additional €2 or €5 donation to Ukraine. We will continue to donate it to the Blue/Yellow Foundation. Thank you for contributing!
Do not stop donating. You can do it directly:
Special film screenings. The Earth is Blue as an Orange
On 11 March, we hosted two screenings of the film “The Earth is Blue as an Orange” by the Ukrainian director Iryna Tsilyk.
Thanks to everyone who came to these film screenings. We sold 196 tickets and all the funds raised – € 1,568 – are donated the Blue/Yellow Foundation and the family of the film’s heroine Anna.
The emphasis on emotional and mental health
Lecture by psychotherapist Eugenijus Laurinaitis
In this time of war crisis, it is very important to take care of our emotional health, to calm down, not to panic, and to concentrate on our daily activities.
That is why on 5 March we invited everyone to a lecture by psychiatrist and psychotherapist Prof. Dr. Eugenijus Laurinaitis on anxiety in emergency situations and how we can reduce it.
The night will pass. Ukrainian poetry readings
On 25 March we invited MO visitors to Ukrainian poetry readings, where we read together with Ukrainian poets who have taken part in literary events in Lithuania.
The ticket for the event was a donation to the “Ukrainos Namai” for the victims of the war. Thank you very much for everyone who came to listen!
Talk with Ukrainian art critic Lizaveta German
We are willing to invite and provide a friendly and comfortable environment for Ukrainian people to speak at the MO Museum.
That is why on 8 April we invited you to a virtual talk about art during the war with Lizaveta German, Ukrainian art critic, one of the curators of the Ukrainian pavilion at the Venice Biennale, partner of The Naked Room Gallery in Kiev. Lizaveta has just left Kiev.
A ticket to the talk will be your € 5 donation. All the money raised from the tickets were donated to the Ukrainian Emergency Art Fond.
Lecture about Ukrainian women in art with Valentina Ryvlina | Ukrainian Days
The event is free of charge for war refugees from Ukraine, also the lecture will be held in Ukrainian.
We will continue to organise events on emotional and mental health at the museum. We invite you to follow the MO Museum’s news and information on the MO calendar – we will keep you informed.
Visiting museum for free
We want everyone to be able to find peace in a museum. Especially those who are in desperate need of it right now. As a museum, we are always ready to provide it.
That is why all refugees from Ukraine and Ukrainian citizens living in Lithuania can visit MO Museum for free.
If you would like to contribute to Ukraine, please fill in the Strong Together form:
Goods in the MO Shop to support Ukraine
To support and spread the word!
In the MO Shop you will also find a special table with MO goods that spread the message of support for Ukraine.
MO goods can be found not only in the MO Museum’s shop but also online MO e-shop.
All the profits from Ukraine-supporting MO goods are donated to the Blue/Yellow Foundation.
MO books for Ukrainian children
For Ukrainian children coming to Lithuania, we collected MO books, coloring books and visual card games.
We want to contribute to the first days of Ukrainian children in Lithuania with to the light and soothing activities of art.
Purchased an artwork in support of Ukraine
We can also support Ukraine by buying (and for artists, selling) artworks and donating to Ukrainian foundations. In this way, we purchased Vytautas Viržbickas’ artwork.
With this work, “Breeze of Change”, Lithuanian sculptor Vytautas Viržbickas has contributed to the support of Ukraine, and now the work will be a part of MO collection in exchange for a donation to the Blue/Yellow Foundation.
Breeze of Change, 2018
Relations and cooperation with art museums abroad
Since the early days of the war in Ukraine, our colleagues have been in contact with museums and partners in Europe, urging them to take a stand, to react and to not be indifferent when war is happening right next to us.
We are still in touch, and we invite them to contribute to the aid to Ukraine and to keep talking about this issue. We are all strong together!
Please also note that MO Museum has no partnerships with Belarusian or Russian art institutions, so no cooperation is taking place.
Calm down and support
We need to protect our emotional health, talk, take time out of our normal routine, maintain social contacts and relationships. All this will help us get away from anxious thoughts, reduce stress and restore a sense of normality. That’s the advice we give you, and that’s the advice we give ourselves!