2024 / 02 / 13

On February 14th, the Vytautas Magnus University art gallery "101" opened an exhibition of interwar modernism architectural drawings by architect-artist Jonas Lukšė, dedicated to commemorating the inclusion of this heritage into UNESCO. The exhibition displays original drawings of administrative and educational buildings, residential homes, and places of worship. J. Lukšė presents the drawings of interwar modernism architecture as one of his researched cultural strata.

As the author himself states: "Drawings of cultural heritage values are a way of passing on experience to colleagues, teachers, historians. I believe that these exhibition-publishing works will remain useful in historical memory, and Kaunas modernism architecture, already recognized by the EU and UNESCO, has enriched the world."

The exhibition is complemented by photographs of interwar modernism architecture by young photographer Martynas Plepys, who worked for several years with the project "Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022," which were used to illustrate the UNESCO application. The exhibition aims to engage the viewer with photographs of architectural fragments, presented in a contemporary manner and creating dialogues with the drawings.

The atmosphere is also created and encourages thoughts to travel back to the past's present with a sound composition about Kaunas architecture, specially created for the exhibition by composer and Vytautas Magnus University Faculty of Arts lecturer Titas Petrikis. We thank the Kaunas Regional State Archive and the Ąžuolynas Library (Kaunas County Public Library) for lending the drawings for the exhibition.

The exhibition at the gallery will run until March 8th. Exhibition curator Milda Gineikaitė Photos by Rusnė Kuliešiūtė, Daria Livshyts, Urtė Serapinaitė