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Vilnius Talking statues
MO museum (formely known as Modern Art Center) invites you to discover 15 talking statues in the heart of Vilnius, animated with the text and voices of some of Lithuania's most prominent contemporary writers and performers.
 
Simply walk up to a Talking Statue, swipe your smartphone on the nearby tag and voilà – you have an incoming call! It might be the legendary American singer Frank Zappa on the line... or the world-renowned 20th century French writer Romain Gary... or Gediminas, the medieval Grand Duke of Lithuania... calling you to share their intriguing stories!
 
 
 
The statues have already been brought to life in Copenhagen (2013), London and Manchester (2014). In 2015, Vilnius became the fourth city in the chain, soon joined by San Diego and Chicago. It seems the spread is not going to stop! The projects in Copenhagen and San Diego were made by True Stories ApS, while in London, Manchester and Chicago – by Sing London.
 
 
Žemaitė
Lithuanian writer and public figure from the late 19th century
Address: Žemaitės Square on Gedimino Avenue
Created in: 1971
Sculptor: Petras Aleksandravičius
Text by: Mindaugas Nastaravičius
Animated by: Jolanta Dapkūnaitė
 
Gediminas
Grand Duke of Lithuania, 13th–14th centuries
Address: Cathedral Square
Created in: 1996
Designer: Vytautas Kašuba
Sculptor: Mindaugas Šnipas
Text by: Andrius Tapinas
Animated by: Algirdas Kaušpėdas
 
Laurynas Stuoka-Gucevičius
18th century architect of the mature Classical style and designer of Vilnius Cathedral
Address: Intersection of Liejyklos and L. Stuokos-Gucevičiaus Streets
Created in: 1984
Sculptor: Vladas Vildžiūnas
Text by: Aušra Marija Sluckaitė-Jurašienė
Animated by: Marius Repšys
 
Kristijonas Donelaitis
18th century Lutheran priest, educator, and a pioneer of Lithuanian literature
Address: Universiteto St. 3
Created in: 1964
Sculptor: Konstantinas Bogdanas
Text by: Sigitas Parulskis
Animated by: Kostas Smoriginas
 
The Lamptighter
A sculpture commemorating the craft of 19th century streetlight illumination
Address: Šv. Jono St.
Created in: 1986
Sculptor: Vytautas Nalivaika
Text by: Rolandas Rastauskas
Animated by: Martynas Nedzinskas
 
Adomas Mickevičius | Adam Mickiewicz
19th century poet of the Romantic period
Address: Maironio St. 8/1
Created in: 1984
Sculptor: Gediminas Jokūbonis
Text by: Gintaras Grajauskas
Animated by: Darius Meškauskas
 
The Užupis Angel
The symbol of the Užupis Republic
Address: Užupio Square
Created in: 2002
Sculptor: Romas Vilčiauskas
Text by: Vytautas V. Landsbergis
Animated by: Vytautas Rašimas
 
The Mermaid
A sculpture in the wall niche above the Vilnelė River
Address: Užupio St. 2
Created in: 2002
Sculptor: Romas Vilčiauskas
Text by: Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė
Animated by: Rasa Samuolytė
 
Tarasas Ševčenka | Taras Shevchenko
19th century writer, poet, artist and a leader of the Ukrainian national rebirth
Address: Intersection of Arklių and Visų Šventųjų Streets
Created in: 2011
Sculptor: Vitalijus Andrijanovas
Text by: Gintaras Grajauskas
Animated by: Vasilijus Kapkanas
 
Zemach Shabad ("Doctor Owithurtz")
19th–20th century Jewish doctor and social and political activist
Address: Intersection of Mėsinių and Dysnos Streets
Created in: 2007
Sculptor: Romualdas Kvintas
Text by: Vytautas V. Landsbergis
Animated by: Arkadijus Vinokuras
 
Barbora
Barbara Radziwiłł – Queen of Poland and Grand Duchess of Lithuania, 16th century
Address: Vokiečių St.
Created in: 1982
Sculptor: Vladas Vildžiūnas
Text by: Kristina Sabaliauskaitė
Animated by: Kristina Sabaliauskaitė
 
The City Gatekeeper
Sculpture watching over one of the nine historical gates of Vilnius
Address: Trakų St. 2/24
Created in: 1973
Sculptor: Stanislovas Kuzma
Text by: Mykolas Sauka
Animated by: Arūnas Sakalauskas
 
Romain Gary
20th century French diplomat, novelist, and World War II aviator
Address: Corner of Mindaugo and J. Basanavičiaus Streets
Created in: 2007
Sculptor: Romualdas Kvintas
Text by: Giedra Radvilavičiūtė
Animated by: Marc-Antoine Bêchétoille
 
Frank Zappa
20th century American composer, musician, film director
Address: K. Kalinausko St. 1
Created in: 1996
Concept: Saulius Paukštys; sculptor: Konstantinas Bogdanas
Text by: Gintaras Grajauskas
Animated by: Algis Ramanauskas-Greitai, Jurgis Didžiulis
 
Inscriptions honoring the victims of Soviet occupation
Address: Gedimino Avenue 40
Created in: 2000
Concept: Gitenis Umbrasas
Sculptors: Gitenis Umbrasas, Gediminas Karalius
Text by: Justas Tertelis
Animated by: Justas Tertelis
 
List of the Statues
  • Gediminas
  • Laurynas Stuoka-Gucevičius
  • Kristijonas Donelaitis
  • The Lamplighter
  • Adomas Mickevičius | Adam Mickiewicz
  • The Užupis Angel
  • The Mermaid
  • Tarasas Ševčenka | Taras Shevchenko
  • Zemach Shabad ("Doctor Owithurtz")
  • Barbora
  • The City Gatekeeper
  • Romain Gary
  • Frank Zappa
  • Inscriptions honoring the victims of Soviet occupation
  • Žemaitė
 

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Video: Daniel Libeskind Unveils Design  for a New Lithuanian Modern Art Center

Video: Daniel Libeskind Unveils Design for a New Lithuanian Modern Art Center

2015-11-23
Vilnius, Lithuania— Viktoras Butkus and Danguole Butkiene, co-founders of the non-profit Modern Art Center (MAC) Vilnius, along with Mayor Remigijus Simasius, announce the design of a new modernist museum by Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind, Studio Libeskind (New York/Milan/Zurich) in partnership with Do architects (Vilnius) and Baltic Engineers (Vilnius).
Walk the city and get a call! Vilnius Talking Statues

Walk the city and get a call! Vilnius Talking Statues

2015-06-19
The Modern Art Center invites you to discover 15 talking statues in the heart of Vilnius.
Who's calling? The Talking Statues of Vilnius

Who's calling? The Talking Statues of Vilnius

2015-06-18
The Vilnius Talking Sculptures Project was officially launched on June 18, 2015, at a noontime ceremony on Laurynas Stuoka-Gucevičius Square. The band "Baltasis kiras" performed, with Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius in attendance.
 
The Modern Art Center at the 2015 Vilnius Book Fair

The Modern Art Center at the 2015 Vilnius Book Fair

2015-02-25
We had fun at the 2015 book stand. Visitos included Alfonsas Andriuškevičius, Arvydas Šaltenis, Raminta Jurėnaitė, and a secret artist who gave Book Fair visitors watercolor improvisations created on the spot.
 
Presentation of the album "Lietuvos tapyba 1960 – 2013" ("Lithuanian Painting 1960–2013")

Presentation of the album "Lietuvos tapyba 1960 – 2013" ("Lithuanian Painting 1960–2013")

2014-02-22
Art historian Rasa Andriušytė-Žukienė talks with the book editor Raminta Jurėnaitė at the Vilnius Book Fair. Painter Arvydas Šaltenis counters that he is not a punk, while painter Sigita Maslauskaitė speaks about her unease with being a representative of her generation.
 
Presentation of the cultural guide "Vilniaus skulptūrų kelias" ("Vilnius Sculpture Walks") and the "Literatų Street Project"

Presentation of the cultural guide "Vilniaus skulptūrų kelias" ("Vilnius Sculpture Walks") and the "Literatų Street Project"

2014-02-20
Art historian Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė talks about Vilniaus skulptūrų kelias (Vilnius Sculpture Walks), while "street resident" Milda Ivanauskienė speaks about the Literatų Street Project. Urban anthropologist Jekaterina Lavrinec and former MAC director Danguolė Butkienė participate in the conversation.
 
Presentation of the cultural guide "Vilniaus skulptūrų kelias" ("Vilnius Sculpture Walks")

Presentation of the cultural guide "Vilniaus skulptūrų kelias" ("Vilnius Sculpture Walks")

2013-11-20
Author Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė talks about her new book and about the sculptures of Vilnius with former MAC director Danguolė Butkienė, art critic Skaidra Trilupaitytė, urban anthropologist Jekaterina Lavrinec, and sculptor Mindaugas Šnipas at the Technical library.
 
Presentation of the book "Modernizmas" ("Modernism"), part I

Presentation of the book "Modernizmas" ("Modernism"), part I

2013-09-13
At the start of this conversation, art historian Virginijus Kinčinaitis compares this book with Mao Zedong's Little Red Book, while composer Šarūnas Nakas calls it "a catechism of modernism, teaching a refined snobbishness and helping us to enter the fermented modernist environment".
 
Presentation of the book "Modernizmas" ("Modernism"), part II

Presentation of the book "Modernizmas" ("Modernism"), part II

2013-09-13
In this part of the presentation, philosopher Jonas Dagys says that the book approaches modernism in a post-modernist way, while Virginijus Kinčinaitis finally realizes that the book is dedicated to a young audience, avoiding heavy voluminous books in favor of comics.
 
Set design: comments by theater artists

Set design: comments by theater artists

2013-02-27
In January 2013, celebrating the 80th anniversary of Lithuanian set design, the MAC opened an exhibition on contemporary Lithuanian set design entitled "Ant ribos" (On the Margins). Curator Raimonda Bitinaitė-Širvinskienė interviews the participants of the exhibition.
 
The Modern Art Center at the 2013 Vilnius Book Fair

The Modern Art Center at the 2013 Vilnius Book Fair

2013-02-21
A minute and a half dancing to the rhythm of the Modern Art Center at the Vilnius Book Fair. Dancers: Alfonsas Andriuškevičius, Ernestas Parulskis, Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė, brain game participants, and all the Book Fair visitors.
 
Presentation of the book "Pro A. A. prizmę" ("Through A.A.'s Prism"), part I

Presentation of the book "Pro A. A. prizmę" ("Through A.A.'s Prism"), part I

2013-01-18
Alfonsas Andriuškevičius tells how he was "kissing" all year long, recycling garbage along the way. He later recalls wandering about and how, running out in front, he later encountered his own self, running behind him. He also responds to ten questions and, taking revenge on writer Sigitas Parulskis, tells a story.
 
Presentation of the book "Pro A. A. prizmę" ("Through A.A.'s Prism"), part II

Presentation of the book "Pro A. A. prizmę" ("Through A.A.'s Prism"), part II

2013-01-18
Impressions are shared by Alfonsas Andriuškevičius' interviewer art historian Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė, the artists Valentinas Antanavičius and Petras Repšys, as well as art historian Monika Krikštopaitytė.
Požerskis

Romualdas Požerskis

2012-12-03
"Art is the ability to become closer to a person—not an external effect or uncontrolled self-expression", says photographer Romualdas Požerskis.
Interviewed by art historian Tomas Pabedinskas.
 
Navakas

Mindaugas Navakas

2012-11-23
The sculptor Mindaugas Navakas tells how he now concerns himself with the final product, rather than trivial things. He also speaks of the "negative impact" architecture and engineering had on him, Korean anthropomorphic parameters, and the reasons why Lithuanians do not work with marble, only with hard materials.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė and Danguolė Butkienė.
 
Katiliūtė

Rūta Katiliūtė

2012-11-19
Rūta Katiliūtė is one of the most prominent Lithuanian painters—a promoter of lyrical abstraction. In this interview she talks about her creative inspirations as well as the meaning of colors and creative work.
Interviewed by Julija Petkevičienė.
 
Macijauskas

Aleksandras Macijauskas

2012-09-17
French critic Jean-Claude Lemagny writes about Aleksandras Macijauskas' oeuvre: "The real avant-garde is born not in the West—it comes from the East and is nothing compared to the force, unconventionality, and courage when Macijauskas, wearing muddy rubber boots, enters the market square and emerges carrying a bag full of photographs."
Interviewed by art historian Tomas Pabedinskas.
 
The Modern Art Center at the 2012 Vilnius Book Festival

The Modern Art Center at the 2012 Vilnius Book Festival

2012-09-17
Danguolė Butkienė talks about the Modern Art Center's publishing program, which suns objectivity and concerns itself only with beauty. Instructor Ričardas Jankauskas talks about art books for children, while artist Arvydas Šaltenis presents Kostas Dereškevičius' album and himself as a fighter for true painting.
 
The Modern Art Center at the 2012 Vilnius Book Festival. Press Conference.

The Modern Art Center at the 2012 Vilnius Book Festival. Press Conference.

2012-09-13
On small publishing houses showcasing their works for the first time at the Vilnius Book Fair, and about how we will sink into decline if nothing is done.
 
Vertelkaitė

Eglė Vertelkaitė

2012-07-31
Art critic Monika Krikštopaitytė has written: "All kinds of structuralists, semioticians, and anthropologists could sit and ponder Vertelkaitė's graphic puzzles with pleasure, since their minds are full of the twists and turns characteristic of the well-read and the highly analytical."
Interviewed by art historian Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė.
 
Gindrėnas

Tadas Gindrėnas

2012-05-30
Tadas Gindrėnas debuted in 2008 as a printmaker and graphic artist. His works are often described as powerful, resounding like a well-stretched string…
Interviewed by art historian Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė.
 
Makarevičius

Gintaras Makarevičius

2012-05-23
The art of Gintaras Makarevičius includes documentaries, video art, installations, performances, drawings and objects. In this interview he discusses why he is fond of the viewer's position as he creates his movies.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Čeičytė (Part I)

Juzefa Čeičytė (Part I)

2012-04-30
"You think that you are philosophizing something with each work you create. But you're simply working, that's all", says artist, scenographer and poet Juzefa Čeičytė. Her stories encompass the history of several artistic periods.
Interviewed by art historian Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė.
 
Čeičytė (Part II)

Juzefa Čeičytė (Part II)

2012-04-30
In part two of the interview, Juzefa Čeičytė continues her story about her years as a student and her work at the Klaipėda Drama Theatre.
Interviewed by art historian Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė.
 
Čeičytė (Part III)

Juzefa Čeičytė (Part III)

2012-04-30
In part three of the interview, the artist Juzefa Čeičytė talks about her first poetic experiments.
Interviewed by art historian Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė.
 
Paukštė

Vygantas Paukštė

2012-03-16
"If it wasn't for my neighbors, I wouldn't have even gone to that art school. My perception was that an artist was such an unmanly profession", painter Vygantas Paukštė says candidly.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Karmalita-Javdokimovas

Viačeslavas Karmalita-Javdokimovas

2012-02-24
Viačeslavas Javdokimovas Karmalita, who came to Vilnius from West Ukraine, is an artistic loner. The austere life of a hermit helps him concentrate on his creative work.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Marcinkevičius

Vilmantas Marcinkevičius

2012-02-20
Danish art critic Ingeborg Bugge has written: "His works speak not about some need to belong to a large, shared cultural space that unites us from all sides as people, but are rather an expression of a strong longing for a close bond with others in a small yet intimate space".
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Stauskaitė

Jūratė Stauskaitė

2012-02-13
"After creating the series Baltas paukštis meta juodą plunksną (A White Bird Sheds a Dark Feather – 1983), I started understanding myself as an artist", Jūratė Stauskaitė talks about her creative endeavors, the meaning of inspiration, and her participation in exhibitions.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Jurcikas

Jonas Jurcikas

2012-02-02
Jonas Jurcikas is a painter of the young generation, who became famous in 2011 when he was awarded the Young Painter's Prize. The artist talks about the themes and motifs of his work, while his fairy tale from the painting series Marso užkariavimas (Conquering Mars) plays in the background.
Interviewed by art historian Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė.
 
Daukšaitė-Guobienė

Irena Terese Daukšaitė-Guobienė

2012-01-26
Daukšaitė-Guobienė speaks about the impact of Eastern culture on her works, her creative inspirations, her fellow painters, and book illustration.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Bičiūnas

Rimas Zigmas Bičiūnas

2012-01-02
"The less you talk about painting, the more interesting it is. When you explain everything, nothing interesting remains." Such is the opinion of Zigmas Bičiūnas, a painter who includes Lithuanian folk traditions in his work.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Sutkus (Part I)

Antanas Sutkus (Part I)

2011-12-13
Antanas Sutkus is the world's most renowned Lithuanian photographer, a representative of humanistic photography, and one of the founders of the so-called "Lithuanian school" of photography. In this first part of the interview, Sutkus shares his memories about his childhood in post-war Zapyškis and his first forays into business. His own personal experiences reveal the everyday life of several historical periods. Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Sutkus (Part II)

Antanas Sutkus (Part II)

2011-12-13
When he was a child Antanas Sutkus dreamed of three things: a radio, a bike and a camera. During the second part of the conversation Sutkus shares his memories about the first contact with photography and the post-war everyday life.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Sutkus (Part III)

Antanas Sutkus (Part III)

2011-12-13
When he was a child, Antanas Sutkus dreamed of three things: a radio, a bicycle and a camera. In a second interview installment, Sutkus shares his memories about his first contact with photography and everyday post-war life.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Sutkus (Part IV)

Antanas Sutkus (Part IV)

2011-12-13
Antanas Sutkus is the world's most renowned Lithuanian photographer, a representative of humanistic photography, and one of the founders of the so-called "Lithuanian school" of photography. In this first part of the interview, Sutkus shares his memories about his childhood in post-war Zapyškis and his first forays into business. His own personal experiences reveal the everyday life of several historical periods. Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Zakarauskas

Andrius Zakarauskas

2011-11-20
The works by one of the most famous painters of the younger generation, Andrius Zakarauskas, is painting about painting and the painter himself, where (self)reflection, irony, art history, references to totalitarian symbols and the search for nationalism come together.
Interviewed by art historian Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė.
 
Giedrimas

Andrius Giedrimas

2011-10-04
The canvases of Andrius Giedrimas, rich in color and nearing abstraction, are influenced by his admiration of classical art coloring: from the Renaissance's Titian to the French romantic Eugène Delacroix, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, and others.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Gutauskas (Part I)

Leonardas Gutauskas (Part I)

2011-09-10
"When I'm painting, I don't even glance at my papers […], but when I write, then even my paints dry up…", says Lithuanian painter and writer Leonardas Gutauskas. part one of the interview, Gutauskas talks about two of his muses: painting and writing.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Gutauskas (Part II )

Leonardas Gutauskas (Part II )

2011-09-10
During part 2 of the interview, Leonardas Gutauskas reveals how he managed to live the life of a freelance artist with the money he earned from children's books and how his artist colleagues viewed his literary activities.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Spelskytė

Rūta Spelskytė

2011-08-30
Rūta Spelskytė is one of the most interesting graphic artist and printmakers of the younger generation. Spelskytė's worldview was shaped not only by the Vilnius Arts Academy Department of Graphic Art, but also by her studies in Germany, Paris, Spain and Sweden. In an interview with art historian Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė, Spelskytė discusses her creative endeavors and the main themes explored in her work.
 
Video report from the second international art fair ARTVILNIUS'11

Video report from the second international art fair ARTVILNIUS'11

2011-08-10
Art historian Virginijus Kinčinaitis, artist Vilmantas Marcinkevičius, and Linas Blažiūnas are interviewed by art historian Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė.
 
Ambraziūnas

Alfonsas Vincentas Ambraziūnas

2011-05-16
"For the painters of my generation, life centered around the Old Town of Vilnius. Our nostalgia for Paris was often compensated for by a café in Užupis, where you'd drink red wine with borscht and dream how to 'outrun' Moscow with art", remembers sculptor and painter Alfonsas Ambraziūnas.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Jusionis

Linas Jusionis

2011-05-16
Linas Jusionis debuted as a painter in 2010. His works are memorable for his embrace of minimalism. Jusionis talks about the creative relationship between phenomenology and animation.
Interviewed by art historian Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė.
Antinis

Robertas Antinis

2011-04-17
"My position is in the unknown", says sculptor Robertas Antinis, Jr. Together with the other members of the group "Post Ars" he was one of the first artists to organize to stage installations and so-called happenings. One of the most memorable of Antinis' works is the statue Aukos laukas (A Time for Sacrifice, 2002) in Kaunas, dedicated to Romas Kalanta, who set himself on fire to protest Soviet occupation.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
Skliutauskaitė

Adasa Skliutauskaitė

2011-04-11
Graphic artist and children's book illustrator Adasa Skliutauskaitė started her creative journey driven by intuition and coincidence. The master lithographer humorously shares her thoughts on her creative beginnings, her studies, and book illustration.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
Kepežinskas

Rimvydas Kepežinskas

2011-03-25
Graphic artist and printmaker Rimvydas Kepežinskas recalls: "At school, Lukštas told me that I don't feel the colors, so that's why I chose black and white…"
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Michelkevičiūtė

Snieguolė Michelkevičiūtė

2011-03-18
"I made my first nude of my husband on our wedding night and then I thought: what an interesting theme, actually," says Kaunas photographer Snieguolė Michelkevičiūtė, speaking about her creative beginnings, her relationships with male photographers, and her work and values.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Balsiukaitė

Elena Balsiukaitė

2010-12-20
"Our priorities were color and getting as far away as possible from the institute… Now, though, I'm fascinated by graffiti", says painter Elena Balsiukaitė.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Andziulytė

Aušra Andziulytė

2010-12-14
Painter Aušra Andziulytė from Kaunas was the founder of the women's painter group "Keturios", also sometimes known as the 'moths'. She remembers the painting roots of her childhood: "I really wanted to paint. Even today, the smell of paint is a miracle to me."
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Drazdauskaite

Laima Drazdauskaite

2010-12-06
"A painter has to be able to express his impression, not to draw nature as it is", claims painter Laima Drazdauskaitė.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Pertašiūnaitė

Audronė Pertašiūnaitė

2010-11-29
Painter Audronė Petrašiūnaitė is healing well in her rural cottage in Višakio Rūda after leg surgery. Still retaining her sense of humor, she makes jokes as she creates new works of art.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Vilutis

Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis

2010-11-22
"I am the center of the universe… But there are 7 billion other such centers out there. I understand that…"
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
Grybai village plein-air impressions: work and recreation

Grybai village plein-air impressions: work and recreation

2010-11-11
The plein-air impressions of Grybai village in 2010 together with Desertas. Artists at work and at rest.
Artists Eglė Gineitytė and Birutė Zokaitytė interviewed by Vytautas Butkus.
 
Joneika

Darius Joneika

2010-11-08
Artist Darius Joneika is interviewed by Raminta Jurėnaitė.
Jurkūnas

Vytautas Jurkūnas

2010-11-03
Graphic artist and printmaker Vytautas Jurkūnas talks humorously about himself, his relationship with his parents, the life of a bohemian and his creative "flights".
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Plein-air discussions I

Plein-air discussions I

2010-10-20
During the Grybai village plein-air event, artists Patricija Jurkšaitytė, Eglė Gineitytė, and Sigita Maslauskaitė discuss their student years, the plein-airs of those times, and the methods of Kęstutis Zapkus and other lecturers.
Interviewed by Danguolė Butkienė.
 
Plein-air discussions II

Plein-air discussions II

2010-10-20
During the Grybai village plein-air event, artists Patricija Jurkšaitytė, Eglė Gineitytė, and Sigita Maslauskaitė discuss their student years, the plein-airs of those times, and the methods of Kęstutis Zapkus and other lecturers.
Interviewed by Danguolė Butkienė.
Plein-air discussions III

Plein-air discussions III

2010-10-20
Painter Sigita Maslauskaitė during a plein-air session reveals how she decided to obtain a second occupation and became a cultural heritage specialist. In addition to her painting, Eglė Gineitytė, meanwhile, has been working as an educator for 15 years.
Interviewed by Danguolė Butkienė.
 
Gailiūnas

Raimondas Gailiūnas

2010-10-08
Painter Raimondas Gailiūnas, of Rokiškis, says that he works spontaneously and intuitively, without thinking about the titles of his works as he paints. When he must exhibit his works, he conceives of totally unrelated titles—to intrigue the viewer.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Janonis

Gintaras Palemonas Janonis

2010-10-07
Artist Gintaras Palemonas Janonis is interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Saladžius

Edmundas Saladžius

2010-10-02
In his workshop in Kaunas, Saladžius talks about his creative work, his youth, and the most relevant issues of the present day. During the interview, he shows many of his most important works.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Repšys

Petras Repšys

2010-09-22
"I was lazy. I didn't do well at school, but I really enjoyed drawing", the renowned graphic artist and printmaker talks about youth, creating, and presents his most important series of works.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Barilaitė

Jurga Barilaitė

2010-07-28
"It is the movie of my life—a film that has yet to be created…", says artist Jurga Barilaitė about her work.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Dereškevičius

Kostas Dereškevičius

2010-07-01
"There was such a time... when artistic value meant having your own signature style. It's sort of… from birth to death. Look here, Stasiulevičius – you can't confuse his style with anyone else's…" painter Kostas Dereškevičius speaks ironically about the demands placed on artists.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Vaitiekūnas

Povilas Ričardas Vaitiekūnas

2010-05-26
Painter Povilas Ričardas Vaitiekūnas humorously talks about his creative past, his teachers Vincentas Gečas and Antanas Gudaitis, and his friendship with Antanas Martinaitis.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Jurėnaitė

Raminta Jurėnaitė

2010-05-20
Raminta Jurėnaitė presents the main modernists of Lithuanian art at the opening of an exhibition titled "Šiuolaikinė lietuvių tapyba nuo 1944 iki 2004 m." (Contemporary Lithuanian Painting from 1944 to 2004) at the SEB Bank Private Banking Department.
 
Natalevičius

Henrikas Natalevičius

2010-05-19
"At first, I liked accordions, musical instruments, bet then I realized that I'm not good at that. But then our parents took us to art school and there, little by little…" painter Henrikas Natalevičius talks about his path to art.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Gečas

Vincentas Gečas

2010-04-28
Painter Vincentas Gečas recalls the Soviet period: "When they say they didn't know the West, they're lying: they knew it very well."
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Katinas

Leonas Linas Katinas

2010-04-25
Leonas Linas Katinas says that architecture had a crucial impact on his creative life, while his principal mentor is Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The artist talks about intuition, irrational behavior, and his friendship with the poet Sigitas Geda.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Budrytė

Ina Budrytė

2010-04-01
The opening of Ina Budrytė‘s exhibition "Iš mano kambarių" (From My Rooms) at the Modern Art Center on 1 April, 2010.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Trimakas

Gintautas Trimakas

2010-01-31
"Life's number is 2, and the credo: to make the maximum out of the minimum. And, for the greater part of my life, such was my slogan: 'Struggling with the joy of recognition'", photographer and conceptualist Gintautas Trimakas shares his creative principles.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Antanavičius

Valentinas Antanavičius

2010-01-22
"If I wanted to be a part of an exhibition, I had to behave reasonably… and not taunt anyone," painter Valentinas Antanavičius recalls the rules of the Soviet art world.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Kasčiūnaitė

Dalia Kasčiūnaitė

2009-12-05
Painter abstractionist Dalia Kasčiūnaitė comments as she shows her black and white paintings: "I like making them black, but no one buys them because they need a very elegant interior, and people like it as simple as possible."
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Gineitytė

Eglė Gineitytė

2009-12-04
The opening of Eglė Gineitytė's exhibition "Labas viso gero" (Hello Goodbye) at the "Lietuvos aidas" Gallery, on December 4, 2009.
Art critic Vaidilutė Brazauskaitė, painter Sigita Maslauskaitė, and the Gineitytė herself talk about the artist and her work.
 
Jurczek

Heinz Hermann Jurczek

2009-11-29
German artist Heinz-Hermann Jurczek lived and worked in Vilnius from 2005 to 2012. What do his abstract works refer to? To geometric forms (related, in a way, to comic strips). Jurczek is fond of the Belgian comic strip character Tintin. Raminta Jurėnaitė sees the influence of Eastern art in his work.
 
Tuleikis

Leonardas Tuleikis

2009-11-29
Painter Leonardas Tuleikis remembers his teacher Antanas Gudaitis, who said that, in the first six years after graduating from the institute, an artist must find and shape himself. Tuleikis did exactly that: slowly, very slowly, he tried to break away...
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Šaltenis

Arvydas Šaltenis

2009-11-24
Painter Arvydas Šaltenis pulls out a work by his friend Kostas Dereškevičius that he received on his birthday and which aptly recalls a slogan of the day embraced by the "Ketveriukė" (Foursome): "Everything is beautiful as it is". Later, he shares his version of the history of Soviet modernism in Lithuania.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Kuras

Algimantas Kuras

2009-11-11
"Beauty to me is the confrontation of motifs: seemingly ugly, but at the same time quite beautiful." Algimantas Jonas Kuras talks in his studio about his creative work.
Interviewed by art historian Raminta Jurėnaitė.
 
Read about the Artworks
Below is a list of artists whose works are accompanied by written commentary or recorded audio guides. You will also find a list of works by each artist's name. Clicking on a title will allow you to view the work itself and any accompanying text.
 
What stories do the paintings and photographs tell? What did the artist intend to depict or what does the art critic see within the work? Audio guide texts will give you a closer look into the world of each work of art.
 
LIteratų street
MO Museum (formerly known as Modern Art Center (MAC)) began operations in 2009 in Vilnius at its offices at Literatų (Writers’) Street 8, so it is fitting that the first project of this “museum without walls” was opened right outside its doors.The aim of the project was to revitalize Literatų Street, linking it more closely to the life of the writers who have lived and worked in Vilnius and with foreign authors who have shared a connection with Vilnius and Lithuania.
 
The project sought to highlight Vilnius’ multicultural history and heritage.
 

The Literatų Street project was curated by Eglė Vertelkaitė, who created and developed the concept for a visual arts display and invited many of her colleagues in the art world to help bring the idea to life. Some 150 artists created over 200 tiles and plaques commemorating the lives of specific writers, including ceramic, metal, plastic and various small “ready-made” art works. These plaques, mounted on the walls of the narrow Literatų Street, instantly attracted the attention of Vilnius residents and guests visting the city from all over the world.
 
Eglė Vertelkaitė not only oversaw the project, she herself created many of the works displayed on the street, and she has since organized various public literary and musical festivals around the project and designed a website dedicated to the installation in collaboration with designer Vaidotas Skolevičius. For her work on the project and in the arts in general, Vertelkaitė was awarded the St. Christopher’s Statue in 2009, given annually to persons and organizations in recognition of their contribution to the cultural life of the Lithuanian capital.
 
In an effort to “decode” and explain the history of the writers immortalized on Literatų Street, Milda Ivanauskienė collected material about each author and the artists behind their commemorative tiles. In 2014, the MO Museum published Ivanauskienė’s work in a book titled Literatų gatvė (Literatų Street), a cultural guide to the multicultural literary history of Vilnius.
 
The project was sponsored by UAB Fermentas (now ThermoFisher Scientific), the Vilnius Old Town Rotary Club, the French Embassy in Vilnius, and contributions by private individuals. The project, four years in the making, was completed in 2013 and is now maintained by the MO Museum with the generous support of the Vilnius Old Town Rotary Club.
 

The Literatų Street project was curated by Eglė Vertelkaitė, who created and developed the concept for a visual arts display and invited many of her colleagues in the art world to help bring the idea to life. Some 150 artists created over 200 tiles and plaques commemorating the lives of specific writers, including ceramic, metal, plastic and various small “ready-made” art works. These plaques, mounted on the walls of the narrow Literatų Street, instantly attracted the attention of Vilnius residents and guests visting the city from all over the world.
 
Eglė Vertelkaitė not only oversaw the project, she herself created many of the works displayed on the street, and she has since organized various public literary and musical festivals around the project and designed a website dedicated to the installation in collaboration with designer Vaidotas Skolevičius. For her work on the project and in the arts in general, Vertelkaitė was awarded the St. Christopher’s Statue in 2009, given annually to persons and organizations in recognition of their contribution to the cultural life of the Lithuanian capital.
 
In an effort to “decode” and explain the history of the writers immortalized on Literatų Street, Milda Ivanauskienė collected material about each author and the artists behind their commemorative tiles. In 2014, the MO Museum published Ivanauskienė’s work in a book titled Literatų gatvė (Literatų Street), a cultural guide to the multicultural literary history of Vilnius.
 
The project was sponsored by UAB Fermentas (now ThermoFisher Scientific), the Vilnius Old Town Rotary Club, the French Embassy in Vilnius, and contributions by private individuals. The project, four years in the making, was completed in 2013 and is now maintained by the MO Museum with the generous support of the Vilnius Old Town Rotary Club.
 
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