Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. Lithuanian Tale

October 16, 2015 – January 31, 2016
International Cultural Centre Gallery
Krakow

An exhibition by one of the most important Lithuanian artists, whose achievements are compared to artists of the order of Wassily Kandinsky, Arnold Böcklin, Edvard Munch, and Odilon Redon.
Yet the works of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875–1911) are hardly known to the Polish public, which is all the more surprising given the extremely strong connections he had with the Polish artistic circles of the late 19th and early 20th century.
The exhibition at the ICC Gallery will recall the exceptional visionary artist, whose works allow us to trace both elements of symbolism and expressionism, and the incunabula of abstractionist pursuits. Čiurlionis was an extremely versatile artist, who composed music, painted, made artistic prints, and wrote poetry. Moreover, he tried to express his musical experiences in visual language: the element of musicality was extremely important in his paintings and prints. Čiurlionis’s painted fantasies share a unique atmosphere and aura. These are particular landscapes of imagination, a world verging on dream and magic, spiritual experiences, and mystical practices. Moreover, his works allows us to find inspirations in his native Lithuanian culture.