The Lewben Art Foundation was established in 2013 by art patron, collector and chairman of the Board at Lewben Group Vilius Kavaliauskas and his wife Rita Kavaliauskienė with the aim of making the constantly growing collection of 1,500 pieces of artwork representing more than 300 artists available to the public.
The collection of the Foundation includes artwork of various media, starting with painting, sculpture, photography, graphics and also includes video works, installations and documented performances; it covers the period from the 20th century Lithuanian modernism to Lithuanian and international contemporary art.
By creating and initiating various modern and contemporary art projects and by contributing to them, the Lewben Art Foundation promotes interest in visual arts. The Foundation has already held several dozen exhibitions, published a number of art albums and monographs about artists. The Lewben Art Foundation has plans to establish its own exhibition spaces in the future, but for the time being, the Foundation cooperates with professional visual art institutions in Lithuania and abroad.
The Lewben Art Foundation is the founder of the Public Institution Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation, which seeks to systematically explore the art of the diaspora and return it to their homeland.
The art collection administered by the Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation contains artwork by Lithuanian expatriates from the period starting with the beginning of the 20th century onwards.
The Lewben Art Foundation is also joint owner of Artnews which manages such projects as artnews.lt, artbooks.lt and Echo Gone Wrong.