The opening of Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 welcomed high-level guests at the Bank of Lithuania building in Kaunas

This weekend, when Kaunas will be European Capital of Culture 2022, the installation “Ex It” by world-renowned artist Yoko Ono was unveiled in the main operations hall of the historic interwar building of the Bank of Lithuania in Kaunas. It is one of the openings of the series of events in 2022.

Photos by Martynas Ambrazas

Guests, including the leaders of Lithuania – President Gitanas Nausėda, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and Chairwoman of the Seimas Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen – visited the Bank of Lithuania to see the installation and the unique interwar building. The Director General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys and other distinguished guests also paid us a visit.

Yoko Ono’s installation “Ex It” consists of 100 wooden coffins of different sizes from which trees grow and an audio recording of living nature. It is a powerful image of the aftermath of war or natural disaster, a metaphor for life’s resilience and nature’s vitality. According to the artist herself, “Ex is life as a continuation”. This installation is the precursor to Yoko Ono’s major retrospective, which will open at Kaunas Picture Gallery in September this year.

The exhibition is organized by the Contemporary Art Center together with the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Porto, Portugal) and Studio One (New York) and is curated by Yoko Ono’s longtime friend, curator of the Jurgis Mačiūnas and Fluxus exhibitions, Jon Hendricks.

The installation is available until September 11 during Bank of Lithuania business hours (Monday to Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday to 6 p.m., Friday to 2:30 p.m.). Pre-registration is not required, the visit is free of charge. Address: Maironio g. 25, Kaunas.

On the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 2022, the Bank of Lithuania opened its unique historical building in Kaunas to the public: residents and guests of the city can not only see Yoko Ono’s installation, but also take part in the guided tours. This opportunity has generated a lot of interest and so far all tours are fully booked but this registration on tours for April and May will be reissued in mid-February. The year will also be rich in other jubilee events: exhibitions, conferences and an open day will be held in preparation for the official date of the establishment of the Bank of Lithuania on October 2, 1922, and collector coins will be issued to commemorate the occasion. Read more about anniversary events


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