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Vita Zaman Visits Her Childhood City Kaunas In Lithuania

Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania and has historically been a leading center of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life.

If you go there you must visit the “M.K. Čiurlionis Paintings and Prints Exhibition” at the Čiurlionis Art Museum.

 From the website: “Lithuanian artist and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875–1911), a unique figure in the history of European arts, left a profound imprint on Lithuanian culture. Over his brief, mere decade-long career, he made nearly 400 musical compositions and created approximately 400 paintings and etchings, as well as several literary works and poems, while still finding time to experiment with art photography. During his short life, Čiurlionis was at the heart of the creation of the Lithuanian Artists Union and actively organized and participated in the first three exhibitions of Lithuanian artists, organized and directed Lithuanian Choruses in Warsaw, Vilnius, and St. Petersburg, and was the first Lithuanian professional composer not only to take interest in Lithuanian folk songs but to collect and publish them.”

Čiurlionis’ painting captivates with its mysterious content and picturesque imagery, but also with its original artistic form. Čiurlionis’ art is closely aligned with European Symbolism through similar themes and motifs and the symbolic treatment of the subject matter. At the same time, his ability to think quite independently from the leading artists of the time is noteworthy: He created paintings of totally new plastic form, namely pictorial sonatas, preludes, and fugues. By fusing painting and music into a unique artistic formula, these paintings have significantly enriched European Modernism. With his investigations into the plastic vocabulary of painting he cut his way into Modernism much deeper than any other artist of Central and Eastern Europe.”

Date: November 20, 2010 – November 20, 2013

Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The museum is closed on Mondays

V. Putvinskio gatvė 55, Kaunas 44211, Lithuania

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