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The CAC Reading Room is open Monday–Friday, 12.00–19.00
Free admission.

On 19 May 2009 the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) Vilnius launched the CAC Reading Room; a new and dynamic space for reading, talking, and the presentation of social, educational and contemporary art events designed by the Amsterdam-based collective of architects and designers Anouk Vogel, Johan Selbing, and Bart Guldemond.

The design of the space, based on the concept of an ‘indoor garden’, was selected as the winning proposal in a competition run by the CAC in 2008 for young designers and architects. The Reading Room, which is located on the ground floor of the CAC, updates the popular CAC Info Lab that has been operating in the foyer of the CAC since 1999, and which has in turn, been updated as part of a special white-on-white installation for the entrance spaces, devised by Lithuanian architect-and-artist Valdas Ozarinskas.

CAC director Kestutis Kuizinas announced that he is “excited that the CAC has found a way of continuing to develop and grow in these financially challenging times and to expand the range of experiences that the CAC can offer the visiting audience. There has always been a lack of international publications about contemporary art available for sale and in libraries in Vilnius – despite the curiosity of the Lithuanian cultural community – and it’s natural that the city‘s leading exhibiting institution should be leading the way in this regard. The dynamic design of the space also continues a tradition established by the CAC for pushing boundaries of architecture and display in its spaces and exhibitions. I am also pleased that the furniture designed for the space was specially fabricated in Lithuania and the hand-decoration adorning the chairs was made in association with students from the Vilnius Art Academy, which continues the CAC‘s practice of combining leading-edge international and local art and design in its programs”.

In association with the launch, the CAC has updated and expanded its library and extended the number of magazine and journal titles in the collection. Particular attention has been given to establishing an extensive cultural theory and philosophy section which includes the Verso Radical Thinker‘s imprint as well as a range of artist‘s books and experimental publications. The CAC also invited a number of local and international art critics and curators to suggest titles for acquisition. Besides those ‘Recommended Readings’, users of the library can access the historiographic project ‘Books Left Behind’, see or manipulate the selection of ‘Open Books’, or return for new instalments of the ‘One Book Exhibition’ series that features unique artists’ books.

All publications stored in the Reading Room can be found via the online catalogue.

Various events that take place in the Reading Room (presentations, talks, workshops, performances) are announced in the CAC’s calendar of events.

To celebrate the opening of the CAC Reading Room, a special issue of CAC Interviu was dedicated to the relationship between art and print. The issue explores the influence printmaking had on modern and contemporary art and vice versa; coincidences between the publishing and art markets and a history of avant-garde publishing in Lithuania and Central and Eastern Europe in the pre-war era. The artist‘s project by Linas Jablonskis has transformed this issue of Interviu into a Polish and Russian language magazine, as has the issue’s design created by Lina Ozerkina and Joe Miceli, which takes the reader back to the times of the prohibition of Lithuanian press.

The CAC Reading Room is supported by:

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
Mondriaan Stichting
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lithuania
The Lithuanian Foundation for the Support of Culture

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