Henryk Kuna and Tymon Niesiołowski – New Trends in the Artistic Culture of Vilnius in the 1930s

Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis





Vilnius art school, “belated avant-garde” of the 1930s, artistic life in Vilnius (Polish Wilno) and in Kaunas


In the 1930s, the painter Tymon Niesiołowski and the sculptor Henryk Kuna were considered the most striking figures in the fine arts field in Vilnius. They were tied together not only by the bonds of creative consolidation, but also by personal friendship. Their work, as well as their pedagogical activity in the Department of Fine Arts of Stephen Báthory University, contributed, one might say, to the “late revival of the avant-garde” that took place in the artistic culture of Vilnius in the 1930s.

Author Biography

Swietłana Czerwonnaja, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland

Swietłana Czerwonnaja (1936–2020) – Full Professor, Doctor habil. of Art Criticism, Doctor Honoris Causa of Tbilisi State University (Georgia), Doctor Honoris Causa of Karachay-Cherkessian State University (Russian Federation), Honorary Member of the Polish Institute for World Art Studies (Poland). Graduate of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov; until 2003, researcher at the Institute of Theory and History of Fine Arts of the Russian Arts Academy; since 2003, professor at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Poland). The author of several hundred scientific publications, including chapters in the multi-volume History of Art of the Peoples of the USSR, the first monograph on the work of the Lithuanian sculptor Juozas Mikenas (1963), co-author of the book Art of Lithuania (co-author Konstantinas Bogdanas; 1972), author of (edited in Russia, Germany and Poland) publications on the work of Lithuanian artists in exile after the Second World War, including the monograph From the far exile to save the Fatherland... (2013). Head of research projects on the national liberation movements of the peoples of the former USSR, including the book Young Sąjūdis (1993).




How to Cite

Czerwonnaja, S. (2020). Henryk Kuna and Tymon Niesiołowski – New Trends in the Artistic Culture of Vilnius in the 1930s: Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis. Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, (98), 77–100. https://doi.org/10.37522/aaav.98.2020.25