Art values ​​in the government palace: what picture does G. Nausėda meditate looking at?

G. Nausėda told LRT Klasika’s show “Pakeliui su klasika” about how he likes to look at one painting hanging in the presidential palace – the work “Past” by one of the most prominent artists of the Vilnius region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“It is no coincidence that we are in this picture. This is the painting “Krėva Castle” painted by Ferdinand Ruščic in 1899. By the way, here one of the residents of Krėva Castle – Vytautas the Great – is bragging in front of my desk, ”the head of state said in an interview.

According to the President, F. Ruščicas is probably one of the most intriguing artists of the 20th century, who created it in Lithuania as well.

G. Nausėda explained that although he was a man who stood on one leg in Poland and the other in Lithuania, his paintings may be a little rusty, sometimes even gloomy, and provide a lot of food for thought – especially on historical topics.

“Another of our exhibits, which we are also temporarily depositing in another hall of the presidency, is his famous painting” Past “, which is in large format. Sometimes, after going to that hall, I sit down alone and meditate, trying to perceive, understand, strain the past through the prism of my imagination and experience, ”G. Nausėda told the LRT KLASIKOS program“ On the Road with the Classics ”.

Bronze bas-relief of J.Basanavičius

Most of the works of art on display at the Presidential Palace were acquired during the terms of presidents Algirdas Brazauskas and Valdas Adamkus, when the Commission for the Acquisition of Interior Equipment and Works of Art, formed by presidential decree, was in operation.

According to the President’s Communications Group, the President’s Office owns dozens of different pieces of furniture and art included in the Register of Movable Cultural Property.

Their total value is 104 thousand. euros.

Almost all works of art belonging to the Office of the President or deposited from various museums are exhibited in the open spaces of the palace.

Works deposited from the Vytautas the Great War Museum, the Lithuanian National Museum, the National MKČiurlionis Art Museum, the Rokiškis Regional Museum, the Wrublewski Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, the Lithuanian Art Museum and the Lithuanian National Art Museum are currently on display at the Presidential Palace.

As the representatives of the presidency said, the Office of the President also had deposit agreements with the authors themselves.

“In turn, the Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania has deposited exhibits for the Vytautas the Great Museum, the National Museum, the Palace of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and the MKČiurlionis National Museum (Historical Presidency of the Republic of Lithuania in Kaunas),” they said.

In G.Nausėda’s office, a painting of Vytautas the Great hangs over the fireplace (copy, unknown artist of the 17th century, canvas, oil). This is an exhibit of the Vytautas the Great War Museum.

He has been in this place since the presidency took place in the palace of Simon Daukantas Square.

Lukas April / 15min photo / Inauguration of Gitanas Nausėda: honored Jonas Basanavičius

“The bronze bas-relief of Jonas Basanavičius created by Juozas Zikaras in 1926 – an exhibit of the Lithuanian Art Museum – came to the President’s Office on the initiative of President G. Nausėda,” said the representatives of the President’s Communication Group.

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