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Exhibition „Under the Sign of the Night Heron: the Library of Counts Kossakowski“

Data: 16 GEGUŽĖ 2019 00:00 - 25 RUGPJŪTIS 2019 00:00



M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art (V. Putvinskio str. 55, Kaunas)


Exhibition "Under the Sign of the Night Heron: the Library of Counts Kossakowski“.

The fruitful interinstitutional cooperation among the personnel of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) library and M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, led to the idea of introducing the rich library of Counts Kossakowski to public. The exposition visitors will be able to see such extraordinary exhibits as Kossakowski family tree on silk, the manuscript register of photographs, books, stamps, photographs and films, created by KTU personnel, featuring Kossakowscy sketches, drawings and scrapbooks.

Ms. Jadvyga Volikovska and Count Stanislovas Kazimieras Kossakowski looks through the book pages, Vaitkuškis, 1898

The exhibition was mysteriously named “Under the Sign of Night Heron”, because of Kossakowscys’ belonging to noble heraldic “Night Heron” family, whose coat of arms depicts a bird, holding a ring in a beak, standing on a cross which emerges from a horseshoe. The sign of the Coat of Arms was incorporated into the exlibris and stamp, using it to mark valuable library books. They referred to the owner of the book and their affiliation to one of their owned libraries in Vaitkuškis, Lyduokiai, and Warsaw.

During the last decade, Lithuanian and Polish cultural institutions reminds us about the rich manuscript, documentary, cartographic, bibliophilic and photographic heritage of Counts Kossakowski – through various exhibitions, solid publications, conferences and other means. M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art stores even 65 photo albums of Counts Kossakowski. In the beginning of 2019, the album-catalog Stanisław Kazimierz Kossakowski. I Love Photography” was released. It features more than 150 photographs, stored in the museum. During the opening of the exhibition, the Lithuanian society will be able to get acquainted with this publication.

Irena Pepłowska writes down the recollections dictated by St. K. Kossakowski. Wojkuszki, 22 09 1904

The exhibition will run from May 16th to August 25th, 2019

In the beginning of September, continuing the subject of the BOOK, as an exhibition object, M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art invites you to Leonora Kuisienė exhibition about the book-binding. L. Kuisienė‘s field of activity – a new, conceptual, and experimental book. The book is an object, an idea, where the most important thing is the expression of a thought and the interpretations, that are born in the process, involving the audience. We invite you to follow our news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CiurlionioDailesMuziejus