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The Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (CAC) presents a range of international and Lithuanian contemporary art exhibitions, organizes conferences, lectures, Internet projects, film screenings and musical evenings. The CAC publishes catalogues and booklets for these events. It also maintains an INFO LAB, where the public can access books, journals, videos, CD/DVDs and the Internet.
 
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/separate institution principally funded by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture.  
 
Nature of its activities
The CAC is the largest venue for contemporary art in the Baltic States total and one of the largest art institutions in Post-Soviet Europe: with exhibition space of 2400 square metres. The CAC is committed to developing a broad range of international and Lithuanian exhibition projects and also presents a wide range of public programs including lectures, seminars, performances, film and video screenings, and live new music events.
 
Since October 2004, the CAC has produced its own show for commercial Lithuanian television (see CAC TV http://www.cac.lt/tv). In the experimental spirit of the CAC every episode is a pilot, and every program is the final episode, imagine:
An amorphous group of social misfits and cultural outcasts are handed the reigns of a fledgling television program. Not having any experience in making television, they decide to re-invent the medium. CAC/TV is a time-slot for imagining alternate realities.
 
Since 2005, the CAC has produced CAC INTERVIU “the quarterly conversation about art”. The  magazine which reached its 6th issue in December 2006 is a bilingual (Lithuanian & English) interview based publication (also containing editorials and book reviews) that is focused on covering the Baltic region with a view on topical international events (such as major Biennales)  that impact on art produced everywhere. There is an international editorial board to assist with editorial advice, topical information, and distribution. Produced in a print run of 3,000 copies per issue 2,000 copies will be distributed within Lithuania and 1,000 copies internationally.
 
Also established in 2005, are the CAC/CAFÉ TALKS recognized as Vilnius’ premier international lecture event. Presented on the first Wednesday of every the CAC Café Talk’s are a social forum for the discussion of topical international issues in culture, economics, and politics impacting upon the production, exhibition, and reception of contemporary art. CAC Cafe Talks have strengthened ties between the CAC and the Lithuanian academic community, including the Vilnius Art Academy (which has a course that accrues credits by attending) as it has brought a range of cultural producers including esteemed Professors to talk on a range of cultural issues. Speakers have included Philippe Vergne (associate-director Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA), Chrissie Iles (associate-director Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA), Prof. Germaine Greer (feminist, UK/AUS), Jan Utzon (architect renowned for Sydney Opera House, DEN), Prof. Csaba Toth (Historian, University of Pittsburg), Joerg Heiser (Editor, FRIEZE magazine)., Ken Lum (artist, academic Professor, CAN).

 

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