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A NATION SKILLED IN WAR. THE LITHUANIAN MILITARY ELITE IN THE 13TH–14TH CENTURIES

10 November 2020–20 June 2021
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

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The National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is organising an international exhibition, A Nation Skilled in War. The Lithuanian Military Elite in the 13th–14th Centuries, where cultural society, young people, guests from abroad and warfare specialists will be presented with a very significant and unique aspect of Lithuanian military culture heritage, as well as the military elite who made a fundamental contribution to the creation and rise in power of the Early Lithuanian state. This international exhibition was meant to open on the Lithuanian State Holiday (the coronation day of the King of Lithuania Mindaugas) before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic altered our plans, yet it did give the idea behind the exhibition added meaning – now we are greeting this cultural event as if we were elite soldiers, having overcome the first attack of this invisible enemy, united and more resilient.

The exceptional cultural, historic, diplomatic and political significance of this international exhibition could be highlighted by its special patronage, provided by the Ministers of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis (until December 2020) and Dr Arvydas Anušauskas (from December 2020) and Chief of Defence of the Republic of Lithuania, Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupšys.

This, one of the first international exhibitions to be held in Lithuania following the global pandemic crisis, shows that cultural life is indeed returning to normal not only in Lithuania, but across all of Europe: exhibits exclusively needed for this exhibition are coming from museums in our country, and from memory and science institutions in Belarus, Estonia, Germany. All the exhibition's exhibits are a reflection and testimony of the formation of the Early Lithuanian state recorded in written historical sources, and of the time of Lithuanian expansion – the 13th and 14th centuries. Some of them reveal new archaeological research contexts, while others have come from medieval Lithuanian burial grounds, a third group consists of unique artefacts related to Lithuanian raiders' campaigns.


2021-01-15
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