The Lewben Art Foundation is administrating a representative collection of Lithuanian and international art from the end of the 18th century to the present day. In addition to paintings, which predominate in the collection, there are large amounts of sculptures, photographs, graphic works, video works and installations. The Lewben Art Foundation organises exhibitions and publishes books on art, in collaboration with art researchers, curators, artists, and cultural and art organizations.
The Lewben Art Foundation has established the Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation, which seeks to systematically explore the art of the diaspora and return it to the homeland. The collection administrated by the Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation consists of works by members of the Lithuanian diaspora from the early 20th century to the present day.
The Lewben Art Foundation is constantly supplementing its activities with new cultural and educational projects, as well as new cultural initiatives. In 2013 the Lewben Art Foundation became a shareholder of public enterprise Artnews which is managing such projects as artnews.lt, artbooks.lt and Echo Gone Wrong.
Lewben Group was a contributor to the renovation of premises belonging to the Vilnius University Legal Clinic (VU LC). VU LC offers free legal aid to socially vulnerable people, start-up companies and NGOs thanks to senior students of the Faculty of Law of the Vilnius University with help from professors of the Faculty of Law and experienced lawyers.
From its establishment in 1997, VU LC has provided legal aid to over 50 thousand people and its contribution to the establishment of civic society and the state of law has been recognized by Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania herself.
Funding provided by the Lewben Group and other supporters of VU LC was used to completely renovate its premises, establish comfortable work stations for law students and meeting rooms. As a sign of gratitude, a VU LC auditorium was named after the Lewben Group.
„Lewben Group“ is contributing to preserve Lithuanian culture and history, at the same time we aim to make Lithuanian culture appealing to young people. We support Litvak World – a non – profit organization, which aims to preserve and cherish the cultural heritage of Litvaks – the Jews of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
Their mission is to shed light on the hidden story of the Lithuanian Jews, promote it among the new generations – both scattered around the world and living in Lithuania, commemorate the lost Jewish civilization and safeguard the sparks of the Litvak identity and culture.
Among of of their accomplished projects: a permanent audiovisual display for the local Jewish museum, the Litvaks’ art album, Holocaust education seminars for the teachers in Lithuania, open discussions, awards for the best students’ dissertations on Jewish studies, the Vilna synagogues’ map.
Lewben Group believes that in order to achieve long-term success, it’s necessary to create value for your clients, partners and society. Since our establishment, we have supported various social projects and artistic initiatives. We strive to help more and more people to enjoy various forms of art. For the last few years, we have sponsored Vilnius City Opera.
The mission of Vilnius City Opera is to encourage the improvement of spiritual and musical knowledge by bringing to Lithuania less well-known interpretations of globally important opera music.
VCO, also known as “the bohemians”, is a gathering of liberal-minded artists. Their work began in 2003, when the director Dalia Ibelhauptaitė, the conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius, and the designer Juozas Statkevičius joined forces and directed the opera Pajacai (Jesters). In 2012, this initiative became an official production company.
Vilnius City Opera has plans to direct large and small-scale operas. Opera gourmets can enjoy productions of the highest quality, while the wider audience can expect experiments that transform opera into other musical formats.