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Antanas Mončys.
Begalinis.
Medis, ilgis 540, 1970

Antanas Mončys.
Sostas.
Medis, 196x57, 1985

Antano Mončio kūrinių ekspozicija A.Mončio name-muziejuje Palangoje


Antanas Mončys
(1921–1993)

by Viktoras Liutkus

In 1991 the city of Palanga became rich: Antanas Mončys from Paris, whose name was hardly familiar to any of the city officials at that time, donated to the city his works created during more than ten years: sculptures, paintings, collages, masks and drawings. The works were brought to Lithuania, exhibited in Vilnius and Kaunas in 1992 and 1993, and Mončys’ house-museum holding a permanent exhibition of his works was established in 1999, in this way placing this extraordinary artist in the context of contemporary Lithuanian art. Life, energy, pain, fun, passion, tranquillity, eroticism, past and longing are the spirits of the artist’s works. Wood, stone, tin-plate, paper, slate, bone, plastic, clay, bronze, lead, terracotta, alabaster are the matters in which these spirits are contained. If we look for the source of his works, we should turn to nature. Mončys draws the forms, spaces, volumes of his sculptures from nature, and nature connects all the elements of his works. In this respect he can be compared with Henry Moore and Carl Brancusi.
In Mončys’ work spirit and matter are interrelated, grown into one another, intertwined, and have both the positive and negative aspects (life-death, movement-stillness, sound-silence, volume-cavity, face-mask, joke-seriousness, pain-laughter etc.) The Stations of the Cross created at the beginning of his career stand very close to the masks created at its end as opposites supplementing each other. Everything what he created his sculptures from, organically coincides with the spirits of his work.

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