Vilnius bus stops are home to the city’s largest art gallery

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Vilnius bus stops are home to the city’s largest art gallery

The splendid initiative that transforms advertising spaces into canvases of art is back for its third edition

“Art does not need a roof” (Menas be stogo) is the name of the largest open-air art gallery in Vilnius. But don’t look for it on a map of the Lithuanian capital, you won’t find it. Its floor area is all the city and its signposts containing the works of art are the public bus stops.

The project was born two years ago, after the first quarantine, to help artists affected by the pandemic. And now, in July, it is set to return for its third edition. The recent initiative of Vilnius City Municipality and outdoor advertising company JCDecaux Luxembourg aroused record interest from creators and the involvement of citizens, who embarked on artistic discoveries in unexpected places in their city.

Idea born during pandemic restrictions

The “Art Needs No Roof” project not only aims to help professional artists to be more widely seen, but also to act as a network for partnership and sale of works. All works involved in the project must be sold and their prices quoted publicly. This project was born to support developers in times of change.

There will never be too much art in the streets of Vilnius. This tradition, born during the galleries closed due to the pandemic, perfectly animates the city now, so we continue it”, explained Remigijus Šimašius, the mayor of Vilnius.

The project generates a lot of interest since more than 500 professional artists apply each year. Among them, the commission will have the heavy task of selecting 100 works that will be printed and exhibited in the city’s outdoor advertising planes.

Several hundred other works will be exhibited in the virtual gallery, which you can consult here a map of the locations.

Participation in the project is free, all costs for printing and exhibiting the artworks are covered by the project organizers – Vilnius Municipality, JCDecaux Lietuva and project partner IKI.

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