National Gallery of Art (branch of the Lithuanian National Museum of Art)

National Gallery of Art (branch of the Lithuanian National Museum of Art)

The National Gallery of Art is important to Čiurlionis Route as an art institution presenting and actualizing the legacy of the artist and his contemporaries. The artworks of the 20th–beginning of 21st c. are preserved and displayed at the National Gallery of Art.

Epochų sankirtoje (At the Crossroads of Epochs), the first hall of the National Gallery of Art’s permanent exposition, is dedicated to the beginning of the 20th century.

On 9 January 1907, the First Lithuanian Art Exhibition was opened in Vilnius. On 15 September of the same year, the Lithuanian Art Society was established, which saw its mission in developing national art, gathering together and supporting Lithuanian artists scattered in various countries, educating the society, and collecting folk art. The example of Lithuanians led to the unification of Russian, Jewish and Polish artists. As a result, a multinational Vilnius Art Society was established in 1908. At the beginning of the 20th century, these two interacting institutions became the first art circles to be active in Vilnius.

While living in Vilnius in 1907–1908, M. K. Čiurlionis participated in the First Lithuanian Art Exhibition and was active in the work of the Lithuanian Art Society. Here he also collaborated with F. Ruszczyc, the famous painter from Vilnius, under whose tutelage in 1904–1906 M. K. Čiurlionis studied painting at the Warsaw School of Art led by K. Stabrauskas, yet another artist of Lithuanian heritage.

At the National Gallery of Art, the works of M. K. Čiurlionis are exhibited alongside the artists who were active in the then art circles as well as those who put the foundations of modern art at the beginning of the 20th century (Stanisław Bohusz-Siestrzeńcewicz, Petras Kalpokas, Petras Rimša, Ferdynand Ruszczyc, Kazimieras Stabrauskas, Justinas Vienožinskis, and Antanas Žmuidzinavičius).

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