“ARBIT BLATAS (1908–1999): FROM KAUNAS TO NEW YORK”
Neemija Arbitblatas is a world-recognised Litvak artist of outstanding talent who used to call himself by the creative name Arbit Blatas.
The exhibition compiled from the collection stored at Lithuanian Art Museum shows the most important manifestations of genres and themes in the artist's creation. A. Blatas is revealed as a great landscape and portrait painter, lover of stage art. Rather joyful, colourful paintings hide the drama of the Holocaust that had directly affected his parents.
Arbit Blatas’ creation and life began, matured, developed, and flourished in Kaunas, Paris, London, Venice, New York. The works of the renowned in the world capitals of art artist can be seen in European museums, however, he devoted the greatest of his creative legacy to his home country. Arbit Blatas always considered Lithuania as his true homeland, and he always presented himself a Lithuanian. In 2011, the artist’s widow, longtime soloist and director of the world opera stage Regina Resnik-Blatas and her stepson – theatre stage manager, librettist and tenor singer Michael Philip Davis donated 380 works from the artist's workshops in New York and Venice to the Lithuanian Art Museum.
Curator of the exhibition Kristina Civinskienė