• Anniversary Culture / Jubiliejų kultūra
    No. 100 (2021)

    The 100th issue of Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis (AAAV) is devoted to the discussion of the anniversary phenomenon in culture, and the presentation of anniversary-related art and its reflection as a special field in art history. One of the most important purposes of celebrating or commemorating an anniversary is memory activation and the focus of attention on a particular person, institution or cultural phenomenon. With this choice of the subject, we hope to initiate research that would reveal how memory activation manifests itself, what traces it leaves in culture, and what role in this process is played by visual communication, the visible awakening of memory, and the capturing of the becoming and meaning of an event. We asked how artvvorks and visual artefacts related to anniversaries, commemorations and festivities are born, and how – or if – they live on when the jubilee year ends. Are works created to commemorate or assess a phenomenon remembered on their own merit?

    This volume contains five scholarly articles and three texts of artistic research. Alongside, the bibliography of all AAAV issues (previously also called “volumes”) is presented in a kind of jubilee gesture of recording the history of the journal itself.

  • Šarūnas Sauka, "Negatyvus požiūris", 1982

    Fotografija: tarpininkės vaidmenys kultūroje / Photography: Its Roles as an Intermediary in Culture.
    No. 99 (2020)

    Sudarė / Edited by
    dr. Agnė Narušytė

    Leidimo metai / Release date: 2020
    Apimtis / Pages: 367
    Formatas / Format: 170 x 240
    Viršeliai / Covers: minkšti / paperback
    Tiražas / Print run: 200
    ISSN 1392-0316

    The topic of this volume is photography, but not its artistic tradition or new developments. When museums finally recognized photography as an art form in the 1970s, artists discovered it as an ambiguous (both realist and fictional) medium. Photography critic Andy Grundberg called it ‘the common coin of cultural image interchange’ because‚ ‘photographs are no longer seen as transparent windows on the world, but as intricate webs spun by culture’. Since then, visual culture has become a limitless reservoir of images – easily reproduced and ‘authorless’– from which one could borrow those fragments of quasi-reality and use them to (re)create identities, myths, illusions of space and time, political convictions or history. Digital technologies have expanded those possibilities even more, especially because no one could translate images of any kind into digital format, transform them without leaving any trace of human hand and share across the world wide web of virtuality.

  • Tarpukario Vilnius: dailės ir architektūros pavidalai 1919–1939 metai / Interwar Vilnius (1919–1939): Shapes of Art and Architekture
    No. 98 (2020)

    Sudarė / Edited by
    dr. Algė Andriulytė

    Leidimo metai / Release date: 2020
    Apimtis / Pages: 384
    Tiražas / Print run: 200
    ISSN 1392-0316

    In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the art of the Interwar period in Vilnius, and this trend can now be observed not only in Lithuania but in the neighbouring countries as well (primarily Poland). The topicality of Vilnius modernism motivates us to consider its Interwar period art and architecture as belonging to the history of European modernism as a whole.

    This issue of Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis introduces a col lection of papers by researchers from a wide range of areas (including art history, art theory, architecture, and heritage studies). Their research re volves around just as wide a range of questions: Was there such a thing as Vilnius modernism, and what were its traits? What was its relation to local traditions and heritage? What brought it into existence (if it was there in the first place)? What roles did the state institutions and individuals play in art, architecture, and heritage?

    The joint efforts of Lithuanian and Polish researchers have opened new vistas of historical research into the art and architecture of Interwar Vilnius. They show us how the efforts of artists, architects, restorers, and conservationists were reflected in the cultural identity of the city and its citizens, the political artefacts, and other telling visual documents.

  • Dvarų kultūra: erdvės, istorija, architektūros paveldas / Manor Culture: Spaces, History, Architectural Heritage
    No. 97 (2020)

    Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis 97

    Sudarė / Edited by dr. Dalia Klajumienė

    Leidimo metai / Release date: 2020

    Apimtis / Pages: 513

    ISSN 1392-0316


    New highly relevant topics or domain-specific generalisations of the subjects explored over several decades are added to the field of discussions on manor research. With increasing confidence, the authors view the local culture in a wider European context, which also helps them to reveal specific Lithuanian features. Besides, as the conservation of manor ensembles has been gaining momentum, specialists in heritage protection start more actively sharing their insights to show not only what is recorded in historical documents, but also what is revealed by the walls of the surviving buildings or even their small fragments. The large variety of authors and their insights once again prove that the topic of manors itself is quite new and has a huge potential to develop and even branch out into separate trends or schools of researchers, who could hold discussions about the cultural heritage of manor ensembles or certain interpretations of that heritage.

  • Mask and Face: The Aspects of Pictorial History / Kaukė ir veidas: atvaizdo istorijos aspektas
    No. 96 (2020)

    Leidimo metai / Release date: 2020

    Apimtis / Pages: 344

    ISSN 1392-0316


    Sudarė / Edited by dr. Tojana Račiūnaitė

    New volume of Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis titled “Mask and Face: The Aspects of Pictorial History”. Many essays collected here are based on the talks given at the same-titled academic conference which was organised by the Institute of Art History at Vilnius Academy of Arts, and took place on 16–17 May, 2019.

    One of the aspects common to all the research published in this volume is that they explore the distinction (and interaction) between a face and a mask - the givenness and its concealment, individuality and generality - that can be traced in specific artworks, cultural phenomena, or the very thinking that testifies to these phenomena. Other part of the contributors to this volume consider the mask as a particular wearable object with its various types and uses, and its transformation into an iconographic motif or even a symbol.