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PEOPLE WHO HAVE RESTORED THE PAST. The Magic of Mindaugas Meškauskas' Ferrotypes

8 March–12 May 2019
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

An Exhibition Dedicated to the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and 30 Years of Consistent Scientific Research of the Territory

The exhibition People Who Have Restored the Past. The Magic of Mindaugas Meškauskas' Ferrotypes is an anniversary project conceived by the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, which was propelled into reality by the Lithuanian Council of Culture. It is being organised to mark two important anniversaries: the first decade of the existence of the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and thirty years of systemic and consistent scientific research of the territory.

An initiative group of thirty-five people assembled on June 3, 1988 to establish the Sąjūdis Lithuanian Reform Movement. On June 7 that same year, these eminent Lithuanian citizens organised a meeting in the cellars of the Palace of the Grand Dukes, where the Talka Club had been meeting at the time. Perhaps this was the beginning of an unconscious association between the early Lithuanian state and the one just being reborn. This wave of national revival initiatives coincided with the start of consistent scientific research of the Palace of the Grand Dukes territory. This research aroused the interest of both scientists and society at large. On account of the enthusiastic public support it received, the research and restoration of the Palace of the Grand Dukes was incorporated into the activity program of the Culture Foundation, while the Presidium of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences passed a resolution in 1988 that obliged the Lithuanian Institute of History to coordinate scientific research and the collection of historic material. It also confirmed the broad scientific research program that foresaw the course of research of objects in the Lower Castle territory. At the initiative of the Institute's director, Prof. habil. Dr Vytautas Merkys, the Castle Research Group was formed and led by the archaeologist habil. Dr Vytautas Urbanavičius, in which habil. Dr Adolfas Tautavičius (R.I.P.), as well as Dr Kazys Napaleonas Kitkauskas, Dr Albinas Kuncevičius and other scientists were involved. This was the official beginning of the systemic and consistent research of the Palace of the Grand Dukes territory. To mark thirty years since these activities began, a project was initiated in 2018 to see this anniversary exhibition come into fruition. The initiative for this exhibition coincided with another significant anniversary – ten years since the establishment of the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (2009–2018).

These important anniversaries dictated the idea behind the project – to present the people who are often left out beyond the museum exposition's display cases, yet without whose major contribution there would be no exhibits to speak of, nor expositions, or a museum, or the Palace of the Grand Dukes reconstruction project itself. A rare and unique 19th-century photographic invention, revived now in Lithuania, has been used for this purpose, the so-called wet-plate collodion process, which gives the finest reflection of the main idea behind the exhibition – to show the public those people who have restored the past for future generations.


2019-03-08
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