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Regimantas Midvikis. Paminklas karaliui Mindaugui. 2003, granitas, h 500. Architektai Vytautas ir Algimantas Nasvyčiai, Inesa Alistratovaitė, Ričardas Krištapavičius

Dalia Matulaitė. Aušra. 1984–2003, granitas, h 400. Architektas Jūras Balkevičius, Rimantas Buivydas


Partitioning of Epochs and Monuments

by Giedrė Jankevičiūtė

In modern culture, monuments are reflective of the historic self-awareness of society. The Lithuanians, possessing the great passion to “monumentalize” as many historic evens and figures as possible, having dismantled monuments of the Soviet epoch, rush to reconstruct as many as possible monuments of the Inter – War Lithuania or erect new, with no particular regard to their artistic value. The author advocates the idea of using the money, raised to construct one more new monument, for more practical purposes such as investing it into schools or museums that could be dedicated to commemorate the celebrities of Lithuanian history.
She mentions the Ressurection Church of Kaunas, and Vytautas the Great Museum of Kaunas as the most successful examples of projects of truly monumental value that have not only commemorative but also sacral, symbolic and practical value. Several monuments of the Inter-War Lithuania reflecting the tendency of the monument towards modernization are mentioned. While the non-traditional monument dedicated to Romas Kalanta (who took his life by setting himself on fire in public, as an extreme form of resisting against the soviet occupation) by the sculptor Robertas Antinis and the monument to the Independence fighters by Vladas Vildžiūnas in Anykščiai are cited as successful embodiment of historic memory in a contemporary artistic form.

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