What the Flames Did Not Destroy: Treasures of the Ceikiniai Church and Images by Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė

Ceikiniai is a small town with approximately 200 inhabitants in the Ignalina district. On 5 April 2016, a fire destroyed the Church of the Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ceikiniai, which was an excellent example of the tendencies of eighteenth-century sacral wooden architecture. The interior space of the church was decorated by valuable altars and paintings from that period, later works by folk masters, and liturgical implements; only a small part of them has survived. The fire in the Ceikiniai church is reminiscent of a great many similar fires that destroyed the prayer houses of some villages and towns in Lithuania.
The preservation and failure to preserve the wooden cultural heritage is a hot topic in Lithuanian society and is often reflected in works of contemporary art. Along with the treasures that have survived the fire in the Ceikiniai church, works by the prominent Lithuanian textile artist Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė are presented in the exhibition. In her works woven in the digital jacquard technique, the artist uses the language of contemporary art which shows that the heritage transformed by devastating fire can arouse strong emotions and reveal a live relation to the past. Such relation is reflected in the artist’s attempt to show the smile of the sculpture of the Blessed Virgin Mary that has turned into charcoal, the beauty of its garment folds, or in the attempt to raise from the ashes the prayer house of the village community.
Exhibition organizers: Violeta Indriūnienė, Indraja Kubilytė, Sigita Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė, Rita Pauliukevičiūtė, Sandra Stonytė, Birutė Valečkaitė
Architect and designer: Ieva Cicėnaitė
Sponsors: Vilnius Archdiocese, Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
The organizers are grateful to Nijolė Laurutėnienė, Janė Martinkėnienė, Romutis Matkevičius, Kęstutis Puodžiukas, Rev. Marijonas Savickas

Event date and time

2017 05 23 17:00



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