United Kingdom Becomes an Important Cultural Partner of Lithuania


2018 04 12


Minister for Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson, on a working visit in London, met with the leaders of one of the largest museums and art centers in the United Kingdom. The prospects of cooperation with Lithuanian art and culture institutions and opportunities for organizing new exhibitions of Lithuanian artists were discussed during the meetings.

“World-class art centers are planning their exhibitions few years ahead, so it is very important to work purposefully in order to develop the acquaintance and the interest in the works of Lithuanian artist”, says the Minister R. Ruokytė-Jonsson. – “Lithuania has a lot of talented creators the works of which we would like to present to the wide international audience.”

These prestigious London art centers and exhibition galleries have famous names of Lithuanian authors. The Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the oldest museums of decorative arts and design, have photos of Lithuanian photographers in their funds. Tate Modern art gallery has some works of one of the founders of the Fluxus movement, George Mačiūnas and the famous avant-garde artist Jonas Mekas. During the conversation with the director of Tate Modern, Francis Morris, the plans to organize "fluxist" exhibition were discussed.

The possibilities of introducing Lithuanian culture were discussed at the meeting with Ebelle Bedell, executive director of the Southbank Center for Arts, and Ted Hogkinson, the director of the literary program, as well. During the conversation the participants rejoiced the successful participation of Lithuania and other Baltic States in the international book fair in London and the publicity campaign on the historical phenomenon of Lithuanian book distribution, which received considerable attention.

During the visit to London, the Minister of Culture visited the exhibition of Andreas Gursky at the Hayward Gallery.

Today, the International London Book Fair will be closing. The Minister of Culture will attend the final events of the Fair, there is also a meeting planned with the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport of Wales, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas.