Built during the Soviet occupation, the building has maintained its presence until now. In 2009, two black screens were added on the northern side of the building that have made many people intrigued. A unique blend of old and new has transformed the building and its surroundings into a greatly favoured public space in Vilnius. During the reconstruction and extension of the Gallery, the architects introduced new forms and materials while preserving the original structure and image of the building. This new ensemble reflects the synthesis between modern architecture and the architecture that represents the new age of technology.
The secrets behind the screens and other hidden parts of the National Gallery of Art will be revealed during Open House Vilnius. This is an invaluable opportunity to see the place where Lithuanian Art is preserved, to discover the heart of the Gallery and to find the meaning behind the black screens.