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Kazys Varnelis House-Museum
Didžioji Street 26, Vilnius
To arrange a visit call (+370) 52791644

Kazys Varnelis House is one of those museums of curiosities that we might also call the museum of everything. The 15th century building that formerly belonged to the Merchant Guild was transformed into a museum to house the collection of Kazys Varnelis; now one finds there an interesting selection of artefacts from antique and modern paintings, prints, sculptures, maps, books, and furniture to op art paintings by Kazys Varnelis himself. The museum display has been constantly changing since the museum opened its doors in 2004, for there are thousands of exhibits and, therefore, a billion of possibilities to show them. The collection was started half a century ago on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean and transported to Vilnius in 1998. The museum advertises as its most valuable possession the collection of prints by Dürer, Piranesi, Goya, Callot, Goltzius, but I would strongly suggest you to pay more attention to the way the modern furniture of Charles and Ray Eames corresponds to the medieval interior, baroque sculptures and Piranesi’s Vedute di Roma. If we quoted The New York Times Travel Guide, “the soft-spoken, long-haired young curator”, Vidas Poškus may also explain to you about Kazys Varnelis’ son Kazys Varnelis Junior, who recently published widely debated books The Infrastructural City: Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles and Blue Monday: Stories of Absurd Realities and Natural Philosophies. VK, 2009