VILNIUS HERMITAGE MUSEUM - VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
In 2009 GCAM completed a Feasibility Study for an agency of the Municipal Government of Vilnius for a museum of Modern and contemporary art, with the State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg as a possible partner. This was initially a project of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, begun when Thomas Krens was its Director, and was completed by GCAM as a consultant to the Guggenheim.
This 12,890 square meter museum was designed by Zaha Hadid, the winner of the competition, designed and implemented by GCAM, that included Daniel Libeskind and Massimiliano Fuksas.
The exhibition program centers on a core collection that the government had acquired on the recommendation of Thomas Krens – approximately 2,500 works of Fluxus art, a seminal avant-garde international network of artists, composers, and designers noted for blending different artistic media and disciplines in the 1960s. The collection had been assembled by Fluxus founder George Maciunas. In addition the museum would feature works and programming from the State Hermitage Museum, a Film and New Media Center, and a Litvak Center - the first of its kind which would highlight the work of prominent Litvak /Jewish artists of Lithuanian descent such as Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, and Chaim Soutine.