Sources and Contexts of Modernism in the Art of Vilnius in the Interwar Period

Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis




Vilnius modernism, Vilnius Society of Visual Artists, Faculty of Fine Arts of Stephen Báthory University, First New Art Exhibition in Vilnius, historicism, avant-garde


The paper is an attempt to define the term “Vilnius modernism”, its earliest manifestations in various, and even contradictory, formulas. The sources of modern art in Vilnius after the end of the Great War, artistic, historical and ideological contexts of the dynamically changing phenomenon of Vilnius modernism – from late symbolism, through neoclassicism, to strictly avant-garde art –are indicated. Both theoretical declarations/ manifestoes as well as works of art and their interpretations at that time are taken into account.

Author Biography

Iwona Luba, University of Warsaw, Institute of Art History, Poland

Iwona Luba works and lives as a researcher in Warsaw, Poland. She is associate professor, Head of the Department of Modern Art and Culture History in the Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw. She wrote her habilitation thesis entitled: The Spirit of Romanticism and Modernisation: Official Art of the Second Republic (2012). Earlier, she received her PhD for a thesis on the dialogue between modernity and tradition in Polish painting of Interwar period. Her research interests inclu- de 20th-century Polish and European art, specifically avant-garde in Poland and Russia and relationships between art and politics. She researches, among others, the works of Władysław Strzemiński and Kazimir Malevich, as well as the art and culture of the thaw in Poland in an international context.




How to Cite

Luba, I. (2020). Sources and Contexts of Modernism in the Art of Vilnius in the Interwar Period: Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis. Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, (98), 16–32.