2015 — 09 — 30
Memory of famous Lithuanian composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis commemorated in Minsk

On the 30th of September, a monument to famous Lithuanian composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis was unveiled in Minsk. The authors of the monument are Virginia and John Venckūnai.

The impressive almost 2-meter-high trihedral red granite stone was unveiled in the square situated at the beginning of the street named after Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis.

Law firm COBALT together with ODO Vysokij zamok and Klaipėda Stevedoring Company KLASCO sponsored this work of art in Minsk.

The monument to M.K. Čiurlionis was unveiled in the Belarusian capital as part of celebrating the artist’s 140th birth anniversary. The commemorative sign serves the purpose to explain who M.K. Čiurlionis was and why a street in Minsk was named after him. Some of M.K. Čiurlionis wife’s relatives from her mother’s side came from Minsk. Also, his daughter Danut was born in Belarus.

According to Evaldas Ignatavičius, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to Belarus, M. K. Čiurlionis is well-known in Belarus. Quite a large number of people – over a hundred, including a lot of students, attended the monument opening event. Among the attendees were the Deputy Mayor, representatives of the Ministry of Culture, the Director of the Belarusian National Arts Museum, the Director of the Lithuanian M. K. Čiurlionis’ National Art Museum, and the memorial’s author John Venckūnas.

It is expected that the monument will become a centre of attraction for people in this Minsk district, which is abundant with young people.