Architecture of Optimism: The Kaunas Phenomenon, 1918-1940

The travelling architectural exhibition is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Lithuania in 1918 and rethinking Kaunas, a new modernist capital city, as a common European heritage.


Modernist architecture of Kaunas represents a unique phenomenon of the provisional capital Kaunas that developed from the peripheral town into a modern European capital city within roughly one decade. Political, economic and cultural events contributed much to the creation of the unique identity of the city based on European spirit of the 1930’s and migrating modernities.

In 2015, European Commission recognized “Kaunas of 1919-1940” as European Heritage Label site.


The preliminary route of the travelling exhibition: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (April); AUDITORIUM Complex, Rome (May), National Library of Estonia (June), Museum of Architecture in Wroclaw (July-October), BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (November-December). The exhibition will be accompanied by a cultural programme: lectures, symposiums and forums.