About the MO Collection

The MO Museum, founded through the initiative of private researchers Danguolė and Viktor Butkus, has operated as a museum without walls for almost a decade. The collection, consisting of about 6,000 works of modern and contemporary art, represents the golden fund of Lithuanian art from the 1960s to the present day.

The mission of the MO Museum is to bring art closer to people and involve more people in art.

Art Collection

The MO Museum collection is one of the largest private art collections in Lithuania, covering the period from the 1960s to the present day. It consists of about 6,000 Lithuanian works of modern and contemporary art. Since 2011, the collection has been granted national significance status.

The founders of MO, Danguolė and Viktoras Butkus, started collecting the collection in 2008. They enlisted the help of Prof. Dr. Raminta Jurėnaitė and other art researchers who systematically helped shape the collection. Its core includes extensive sets of painting, graphics, photography, and video art, complemented by smaller collections of sculpture and interdisciplinary arts (performance, installation, etc.).

The collection reflects a wide range of artistic styles and ideas, inviting visitors to explore essential processes in Lithuanian art over the past 60 years. Some of the collected works were ideologically unacceptable in the Soviet Union at the time, overlooked by the major Lithuanian museums following state policy. It also presents a whole generation of creators who entered the art scene after the restoration of independence. Many authors in the collection are actively creating and are recognized in Lithuania and abroad.

The collection is continuously enriched with new and relevant Lithuanian artworks.