An exhibition of contemporary Lithuanian artists opened in Paris on Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of Lithuanian-French diplomatic relations.
The exhibition at the Espace Commines exhibition space includes works by 17 Lithuanian painters, sculptors and photographers.
Edvidas Žukas, the exhibition's curator, says famous French art critic Christian Noorbergen helped him select the pieces for the show.
“Christian said he picked pieces that would be interesting for the French audience, and Lithuanian artists have nothing to be envious of French or Western creations. We are very glad we have organised a major event,” Žukas told BNS on Saturday.
A special catalogue produced for the exhibition has been introduced by French art magazines, he said. The opening was attended by museum representatives, collectors, art critics, current and former diplomats.
Žukas says he has already received an invitation to organise a similar exhibition in Florence, Italy.
Lithuanian Ambassador to France Nerijus Aleksiejūnas underlined that the exhibition presented Lithuania as a modern and talented country.
“There's no better way to mark the centenary of the Lithuanian-French diplomatic relations than by organizing an exhibition of this level, presenting Lithuania as a modern and talented country,” he said.
Lithuania's first diplomatic representation in Paris started work on December 1, 1919.
The Paris exhibition has been organized by the Meno Fondas (Art Foundation) foundation of Jonas Garbaravičius and Živilė Garbaravičienė, the Vilnius-based gallery Menų Tiltas (Art Bridge) and the Lithuanian Embassy in France.
The works of Arvydas Ališanka, Ray Bartkus, Stasys Eidrigevičius, Patricija Jurkšaitytė, Vidmantas Jusionis, Rūta Jusionytė, Vytenis Lingys, Indra Marcinkevičienė, Vilmantas Marcinkevičius, Dalia Matulaitė, Vygantas Paukštė, Mykolas Sauka, Šarūnas Sauka, Nomeda Saukienė, Mindaugas Šnipas, Andrius Zakarauskas and Kęstutis Zapkus will be on display until December 14.