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The exhibition series of contemporary Lithuanian painting in Italy

by Arvydas Jockus

On May 24 the exhibition of contemporary painting of Lithuania was opened in Bary, South Italy. It presented the first Lithuanian art exhibition of such coverage in Italy. The exposition with rather provocative title, “I Lithuani” (Lithuanians), contained paintings of 16 well-known artists from Lithuania.
The Lithuanian painters attempted to find some specific historical links with Italian cultural tradition. Lithuania was presented as the remotest northeastern European catholic country and as a bastion of Latin culture in this region. “Arte&Maggio” art festival takes place annually in Bary town. It is the primary municipal cultural event of the year. Lithuanians exhibited over 50 paintings in the restored St. Scholastica monastery. Among the exhibiting artists were S. Armonas, A. Baltrūnas, R. Z. Bičiūnas, J. Čeponis, J. Daniliauskas, V. Jusionis, A. Bagdžius, R. Savickas, A. Stasiulevičius, R. Bartkevičius, B. Gražys, G. P. Janonis, D. Kasčiūnaitė, L. Tuleikis, Art. Savickas, A.Vozbinas. In this way, the Italian public had an opportunity to view a broad stylistic range of contemporary Lithuanian painting. Later the exhibition traveled to Rome. July 5–15 it was presented in the palace “Palazzo Barberini” for the occasion of The Lithuania State Day. In October the works were exhibited in the gallery “Palazzo delle Esposizioni”. The exhibition of contemporary Lithuanian painting was organized by Lithuanian Artists’ Association, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of The Republic of Lithuania in Italy. The organizers also express their gratitude to the patrons of the event in Italy – Lithuanian ambassador in Italy Romanas Podagėlis, the senator prof. Filomeno Biagio Tato and the curators Marilen Bonomo, Silvana Paparella.

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