On the Solitude of Laws
While learning to live in market conditions, we try to observe the law
of demand and supply, the basis of which is a balance between offer
and demand, a mutually advantageous link between artists and consumers.
These complex tasks should be solved by the state cultural policy covering
the factors of administration, laws (creating legal norms), financing
and information. The analysis of the new laws of the Republic of Lithuania
influencing the efficacy of dispersion of art shows that these laws
are solitary, i.e. the actual course of artistic life is not adequate
to the laws regulating it.
Lack of traditions
of civic society, transformation of the legislative system and the functioning
of laws should be related with the uneven development of Lithuania’s
history and the Soviet legacy. The totalitarian system formed a mechanism
of social privileges, and decisions taken in Moscow and adapted in the
local environment used to be implemented by making various compromises.
Due to the slow formation of market relations in Lithuania, lack of
art fairs and auctions, it is difficult to establish the material value
of an artwork. Consumers mainly emphasize the aesthetic and representational
functions of an artwork, but do not regard it as an object of long-term
Another urgent problem of the art market is the commercial and cultural
(elite, high or non-commercial) status of artworks and art events, which
has not yet been defined by laws.
Newly adopted laws are usually not prepared well enough and quite often
Laws will continue to be solitary in Lithuania, and the artistic life
will remain as it is, as long as a reciprocal link between the state
and its citizens, artists and consumers, based on the solidarity principle,
is not formed.