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Lithuania, my Homeland... Adam Mickiewicz and his poem Pan Tadeusz

27 November 2018–24 February 2019
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

With the cooperation of three memory institutions of Lithuania and Poland – the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, the National Ossolinski Foundation Ossolineum and the Wawel Royal Castle – State Art Collections, an exhibition called Lithuania, my Homeland... Adam Mickiewicz and his poem Pan Tadeusz will be held in Vilnius at the end of 2018. The aim of this exclusive project is to highlight the relevance of the historic and cultural links between Lithuania and Poland, which are both celebrating the centenaries of the restoration of their statehood in 2018, and to draw attention to the common features of their heritage. For this purpose, the masterpiece Pan Tadeusz, created by the nation's shining beacon, Adam Mickieiwicz, has been selected as the most distinctive reflection of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. This work also relates the non-existent state with the current states that were formed in the early 20th century, namely, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus. Therefore, this project, which prompts visitors to think about the concepts of statehood, identity, origins and a common heritage, is an excellent way of commemorating this anniversary year, while the exhibition serves as an ideal platform for the presentation of these concepts.

The exhibition is being organised in the Exhibition Centre of the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and will cover an area of around 500m2. Over 250 authentic unique and typologically different exhibits shall be presented to visitors from the collections of around 30 Polish and Lithuanian heritage institutions (museums, libraries, archives, private collections, etc.), while also incorporating different installation techniques, such as modular walls and information stands in various formats.

Taking into consideration the assessment of Adam Mickiewicz and his work in Lithuania, two main themes of exposition content shall be presented: 1) Adam Mickiewicz (and his life), and 2) his poem Pan Tadeusz. The necessity of discussing Adam Mickiewicz's biography and work arises from the need to inform Lithuanian society, especially school and university students, about the poet. Mickiewicz's biography is presented in the exhibition in separate sections – Place of Birth (Mickiewicz was born in Navahrudak), Family, and Origins. These sections shall introduce the poem's author to visitors. Separate chronological sections shall present the most important periods in Mickiewicz's life, as well as his motivation to pursue a literary path – the Vilnius and Kaunas period (of greatest relevance to Lithuanian visitors), Literary Debut, Adam Mickiewicz in Europe, Paris, and Constantinople. Guided by these narratives, visitors are familiarised with the poet's entire biography and his work. A special supplement to these narratives are the maps of locations somehow associated with Mickiewicz (in Vilnius, Lithuania and in other European countries). It is important to note that separate themes and sub-themes are presented showing just three, or the most important, exhibits.


2019-01-30
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