Library

M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art

On July 21, 2021, the library was awarded the title of Osvaldas Daugelis, the former director of the National M. K. Čiurlionis Art Museum.

The main goal of M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art Library is to preserve and spread the written heritage, created throughout centuries of both Lithuanian and foreign countries. The library was founded in 1921. Currently, it keeps over 46 thousand documents of art history and theory, aesthetics, folk art, visual and applied-decorative art, architecture, monument protection and restoration, design, art photography, Lithuanian philology, etc.

In the formation of the library fund, a lot of attention was paid to the accumulation of art encyclopedias, reference books, and bibliographic publications. The information fund consists of the exhibition, auctions catalogues, art magazines, continuing publications of Lithuania and other countries. A collection of world museum albums and guides to cultural monuments and places is quite rich. The library comprises the collection of completed Lithuanian art publications, and extremely rare foreign publications (published in XV-XVIII centuries).

The Library is Unique for several reasons:

  1. It keeps the legacy – personal libraries of interwar prominent personalities and artists: Aleksandras M. Račkus, Petras Rimša, Magdalena Avietėnaitė, Paulius Galaunė, Jonas Šileika, Andrius Riomeris, and many others.
  2. It keeps the legacy - personal libraries of the contemporary artists: Petras Stauskas, Jadvyga and Vytautas Klemkai, Vaclovas Miknevičius, and many others.
  3. It keeps the library of 17th century Book Amateur Society
  4. It keeps a collection of art books from the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent (Museum voor Schöne Kunsten).
  5. It keeps catalogues of M. K. Čiurlionis exhibitions abroad.
  6. It keeps a donated collection of collector from St. Petersburg – Jurijus Šeniavskis – with all works about M. K. Čiurlionis creative legacy (100 books).

These publications can be found via LIBIS system https://www.libis.lt/ and in the catalogue of the library.


Library opening hours: I–V from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Address and phone number: Annex to the Central Palace of the M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art (V. Putvinskio St. 55, Kaunas). tel .: +370 605 65862+370 37 201327 

Employees:
Head of the library Violeta Karmalavičienė violeta.karmalaviciene@ciurlionis.lt;
Librarian Irena Majauskienė irena.majauskiene@ciurlionis.lt

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