30 Artworks, 30 Creators, 30 Weeks

Stories by 30 renowned Lithuanian artists

Photos by Gintarė Grigėnaitė, Vidmantas Valantiejus

While cultural life has come to a near standstill during the pandemic, the Museum continues its mission to bring art to people’s homes. LNMA in collaboration with Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) is currently implementing a project 30 Artworks, 30 Creators, 30 Weeks, telling the stories by 30 renowned Lithuanian artists, writers, musicians, architects, designers, and others on their favourite art works exhibited in different Museum’s departments. These stories will be shared by LNMA and LRT every week. The curator Dr Arūnas Gelūnas calls this project a special connaisance with the art work and adds that,

 

        There is a lot more to a museum than its material objects hanged on walls or put on displays. One could say that the museum is predominantly a collection of very personal experiences that eventually turn into a story. Museum is full of these tales, as every painting, engraving or sculpture is surrounded by different personal experiences.
        This time personal stories are told by 30 well-known Lithuanian creators. I’m hoping that this project will inspire Museum’s visitors to discover or rediscover the masterpieces of the Lithuanian National Museum of Art once again.

 

The inspiration for this project came from The Artist Project implemented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. As of 2015 The Metropolitan invited and documented various artists telling their  impression of their favourite and most inspiring artworks.

 

 

 

 

Opera director Gediminas Šeduikis on his favourite artwork ‘Self-Portrait Nr. 6’ by Šarūnas Sauka currently displayed at the National Gallery of Art

 

 

 

A writer, poet, and playwright Vaiva Grainytė shares her thoughts on the sculpture Heart Donor by Stanislovas Kuzma exhibited at the National Gallery of Art

 

 

 

New meanings hidden within the bust of Adam Czartoryski unfold with the help of Darius Kuolys, researcher of cultural history, politician, and public figure

 

 

 

Journalist, producer and writer Rytis Zemkauskas on the artist Rimvidas Jankauskas-Kampas and his painting ‘Angry Clouds’

 

 

 

On dance, freedom, and never settling time – today the project 30 Artworks, 30 Creators, 30 Weeks brings to you the story by a dancer and choreographer Agnija Šeiko, told from the exhibition spaces of Clock and Watch Museum in Klaipėda

 

 

 

Edgaras Montvidas shares his perspective on dramaturgical aspects hidden within the work by Vincentas Gečas ‘Art, People, Events’

 

 

 

 

Artistic director of The International Contemporary Dance Festival ‘New Baltic Dance’ and the director of Lithuanian Dance Information Centre Gintarė Masteikaitė chose to share her thoughts on the work ‘Evaldas Jansas’s Performance “Anthology of Meaningfulness” ‘ by Eglė Karpavičiūtė

 

 

 

 

Opera singer Dovilė Kazonaitė tells about her fascination with the objects at Palanga Amber Museum sheltering the frozen past from so long ago it never seizes to amaze her

 

 

 

 

Lina Lapelytė – artist, composer, as well as one of the winners of the Golden Lion for the best participant in the Venice Biennale 2019, presenting the opera-performance ‘Sun & Sea (Marina)’. In this episode, Lapelytė is sharing her thoughts on the photograph of the performance by Eglė Rakauskaitė ‘Trap. Expulsion from Paradise’ and how confronting a work of art can be similar to jumping into the cold sea

 

 

 

 

In this episode you will hear about the patriotic works by Vytautas Kašuba, presented at Pranas Domšaitis Gallery, Klaipėda, and his subtle sense of form revealed by the artist Algirdas Bosas

 

 

 

 

Writer Laurynas Katkus tells a story of a timeless dialogue and the portrait of Jan Karol Chodkiewicz at Vilnius Picture Gallery

 

 

 

 

Architect Audrius Ambrasas on his favourite artwork ‘Chair’ by Algimantas Švėgžda exhibited at the National Gallery of Art

 

 

 

 

Vladimir Tarasov shares his memories about the creation of Ilya Kabakov’s ‘Fly on Stools!’ 1986,  currently displayed at the exhibition ‘Protest Art: The Rebels of the Soviet Era’

 

 

 

 

Wander around Pranas Domšaitis Gallery in Klaipėda with the actress Virginija Konchanskytė, sharing her thoughts on the never-ending life journey and the symbolism prevalent in the works by Pranas Domšaitis

 

 

 

 

For the new episode of the project poet and playwright Gintaras Grajauskas tells about the transformation and adaptation of amber throughout the human history

 

 

 

 

Can documents become objects of art? What surprising meanings can unfold this new status? Andrius Mamontovas shares his thoughts on the chosen photography series ‘People of Seirijai’ by Vytautas Stanionis

 

 

 

 

In the new episode of the project  – a walk through memory lane at the exhibition ‘Protest Art: The Rebels of the Soviet Era’ with musician and songwriter Jurga Šeduikytė

 

 

 

Writer Rimantas Kmita shares his thoughts on the „Agression“ (1979) by Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis

 

 

 

A story by director, scenographer, and operator Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė on the eye-catching ‘Portrait of a Girl’ by Roza (Rachel) Suckever-Ušajeva displayed at the National Gallery of Art

 

 

 

Cellist Mindaugas Bačkus shares his thoughts on Baroque style watches and clocks at the Clock and Watch Museum in Klaipėda

 

 

 

A story by an actor and director Valentinas Masalskis on rushing through life and the running time

 

 

 

 

Project is funded by 

 

 

 

 

Credits

 

Project Curator Dr Arūnas Gelūnas

 

Director Eglė Marija Želvytė

 

Producer Vidmantas Valantiejus

 

Operator Tomas Bujauskas

 

Composer Jievaras Jasinskis

 

Sound production by Paulius Vaicekauskas

 

Montage by Eglė Marija Želvytė

 

Managed by Viktorija Stasiukynaitė, Ugnė Utkutė

 

Video production by integrated communication agency „Nuostabu“.