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Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas Art Exhibition “JOURNEY”

April 26 @ 17:00 - June 1 @ 12:00

Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas Art Exhibition “JOURNEY”

The legacy of works of artist Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas (1907-1997) is as great as it is varied – prints, illustrations, magazine and book lay outs, stain-glass windows, sculptures, church decor, water colors as well as design projects (i.e. stamps, posters, and liturgical items). He created these works while living in Lithuania, Germany and United States. V. K. Jonynas studied at the Kaunas Art School (1923-1929) and in 1934 finished two Paris art schools, the National Conservatorium of Arts and Trades (Conservatoire National des Artes et Métiers) and École Boulle. An artist received two gold medals at the Paris World Exhibition (1937), an award for illustrations K. Donelaitis poem “The Year” (1940), order of the Honorary Legion of France (1945)…

In 1947, V. K. Jonynas established a school of Arts and Trades (École des Artes et Métiers) for foreign war refugees in Freiburg, Germany. During the German period (1947-4950), V. K. Jonynas illustrated books (J. W. Goethe‘s Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers (1948), P. Mérimées Le Manuscript du professeur Wittembach „Lokys“ (1949) and La Siège de Mayence (1951)). He also created bookplates (ex-libris) and over thirty stamps in French-occupied Zone – stamps, which featured citycapes and nature scenes. In 1951, the artist and his family left for New York, where he quickly grew accustomed to life as an artist in a new country. During an American period (1951-1984) V. K. Jonynas created the largest and significant artworks: church decor, large-scale stain-glass windows, liturgical items, furniture as well as architectural projects. At one time, the artist, created sculptures, painted water-colors, and participated in the activities of artists‘ organizations. V. K. Jonynas organized personal art exhibitions in France, Italy, Germany, Latvia, Holland, USA. In the 1990s, an artist donated his artworks to the museums in Vilnius and Kaunas, V. K. Jonynas returned to Lithuania, where in 1993, the V. K. Jonynas gallery was opened in Druskininkai.