Zaha Hadid to Develop Design for Proposed Museum in Vilnius

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Proposed new museum in Vilnius, Lithuania

Zaha Hadid, Pritzker Prize–winning architect and subject of a major retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2006, has won the architectural competition for a proposed new museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. The competition is part of a feasibility study for a center of contemporary and media art, commissioned by the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center in Vilnius and conducted jointly by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the State Hermitage Museum. The study includes architectural, economic, and cultural considerations, as well as programming recommendations for the new museum, which will be located on the banks of the Neris River. In addition to Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Massimiliano Fuksas submitted designs for the project. An exhibition of the work of all three architects opened to the public April 10 at the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center.