Updated Exhibition Draws Audiences to Czeslaw Milosz’s Hometown Šeteniai


Marking the 100th birth anniversary of the Nobel Prize Winner, VMU Honorary Doctor, Professor and one of the most famous 20th century poets Czesław Miłosz, Vytautas Magnus University is holding celebratory events at the university and in the author’s hometown Šeteniai. 2011 has been designated as the Year of Czesław Miłosz.

Indrė Sekevičienė, i.sekeviciene@vkt.vdu.lt
Martynas Gedvila, m.gedvila@vkt.vdu.lt

Exhibitions in Šeteniai

Om Wednesday, 29 June, the participants and guests of The Miłosz Road in Šeteniai were introduced to exhibitions telling of Czesław Miłosz’s life, its key stages and the most notable works of the writer. The attending public viewed these exhibitions in the barn, which has served as a conference centre since 1999, and in a park located nearby.

The Czesław Miłosz Library opened its doors during the event as well. "Books by and about Czesław Miłosz, published earlier and recently, are preserved in the library. We hope that it will keep growing, expanding and the published works will be collected in at least four languages: Lithuanian, Polish, English and French", Janina Masalskienė, the founder of the Czesław Miłosz Library in the poet’s hometown, explained.

The audiences and guests of The Miłosz Road admired the updated exhibition of wood sculptures in Czesław Miłosz’s hometown. Sixteen objects in Šeteniai, at the intersections in Kėdainiai District (Cinkiškės, Vilainiai, Naciūnai, Aristava and Gimtinė) and at the Kėdainiai roundabout junction have been restored by the students and management of the Justinas Vienožinskis Faculty of Arts at the Kaunas University of Applied Sciences as part of the project Kūrybos Ir Bendravimo Džiaugsmas 2011 (The Joy of Creativity and Communication 2011) organised by the public enterprises Meninė Drožyba and the Lithuanians’ World Center on 6–17 June 2011.

"Monumental structures are always dedicated to someone, artistically informative and intended to make the society’s spiritual life richer. Their energetic power is more and more lively, taking up a more significant position in people’s lives and characterised by a sacred deep-rooted artistic maturity", Zita Kuzminskienė, the Deputy Director at the public enterprise Meninė Drožyba, explained.

During the project Kūrybos Ir Bendravimo Džiaugsmas 2011, works created at the International Wood Sculptors’ Symposium Issa Valley 2001 were restored: Hannes Hermann Bischof’s (Austria) Keltiškasis Gyvenimo Kryžius (The Celtic Cross of Life), Jaroslav Bunck’s (Czech Republic) Žemėpatis, Gyvūnijos Globėjas (Žemėpatis, The Patron of Animals), Andrzej Wasilewski’s (Poland) Dievo Motina – Seinų Globėja (Mother of God – Patron of Sejny), Piotr Szalkowski’s (Poland) Šv. Jonas Nepomukas – Vandens Globėjas (St. John of Nepomuk – Patron of Sejny), Juodoji Kiaulė Iš Č. Milošo „Isos slėnis“ (The Black Pig from Czesław Miłosz’s The Issa Valley) by Algimantas Sakalauskas, slanted cross in Naciūnai by Tomas Stambrauskas, slanted cross at the Vilainiai intersection by Julius Urbanavičius, slanted cross at the intersection of Sitkūnai by Algirdas Vaištaras, slanted cross near Cinkiškės on the Klaipėda-Vilnius highway by Arūnas Sniečkus, slanted cross in Aristava by Genrikas Galvanauskas, slanted cross at the intersection of the roundabout junction by Jonas Lukšys, Magdalena Iš Č. Milošo „Isos slėnis“ (Magdalena from Czesław Miłosz’s The Issa Valley) by Birutė Jakštienė and Velniukas iš Č. Milošo „Isos slėnis“ (The Little Devil from Czesław Miłosz’s The Issa Valley) by Adolfas Pranas Kartanas.

“It is very important to perceive the value of an object, not to damage it during the restoration, pick the right methods and materials for the restoration. Every object has its story, its language of expression. One has to help reveal the beauty materialized by the master, protecting his work from possible further decay”, Bangutis Prapuolenis, one of the heads of the Youth Creative Restoration Practice Camp (Jaunimo Kūrybinės Restauravimo Praktikos Stovykla) and a lecturer at the Justinas Vienožinskis Faculty of Arts at the Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, explained.

Exhibition Travelling the Lithuanian and Foreign Roads Taken by the Famous Author

The first of the events dedicated to the birth centennial of the Nobel Prize Winner Czesław Miłosz, the opening of the exhibition Sugrįžimas / Powrόt / Return, took place at the VMU Aula Magna in February. The exhibition, which uses photos, excerpts from the poet’s speeches and poems to tell the audience about the poet’s return to Lithuania after 52 years, was previously open at the History Hall of Vytautas Magnus University (K. Donelaičio str. 58) and is currently exhibited at Ukrainian universities. The exhibition will travel to Brussels in autumn.

The exhibition Return testifies for one stage in Czesław Miłosz’s historical journey through time and space. Throughout the Czesław Miłosz Year, the exposition is exploring the roads taken by this famous author in Lithuania and abroad, telling about his journey in Lithuanian, Polish and English.

More information and photos from the opening of the exhibition are available here.

Exposition at Vytautas Magnus University

An exposition is currently open at Vytautas Magnus University (K. Donelaičio str. 52) which should attract everyone interested in Czesław Miłosz’s geneology, his journey through life, authored works, relation to Lithuania and Vytautas Magnus University.                                 



 You are welcome to view this publication which provides detailed information on events dedicated to the Czesław Miłosz centennial.

Photo report by Jonas Petronis (j.petronis@vkt.vdu.lt)

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