As reported by the newspaper “Lietuvos Rytas” (Lithuanian Morning) on 5 February, Helsinki and the Guggenheim Museum have signed a feasibility study agreement, so the possibility of renewing the project in Vilnius will not occur again because two similar museums in the region are not needed, Alfa.lt wrote referring to the Baltic News Service.
Meanwhile, in Lithuania, because of the possible squandering of high-value assets associated with the Guggenheim Museum project in Vilnius, a preliminary investigation into the squandering of high-value assets is taking place.
The investigation was initiated based on the findings of the National Audit Office that the capital city illegally allocated 810 thousand litas (LTL) to the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center. The money was used by the Jonas Mekas Center for the Guggenheim project.
Previously, it was planned that the “Hermitage / Guggenheim Vilnius” Museum, designed by the Iraqi architect based in London, Zaha Hadid (see in the picture), would be built near the capital’s White Bridge, but the former mayor of Vilnius, Arturas Zuokas, says the project is now blocked.
Translated by Vytas Radzevicius
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