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International exhibition TO KEEP THE HOMELAND ALIVE Lithuania and Poland in the Epoch of the 1791 Constitution

19 October 2021–16 January 2022
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

An international exhibition dedicated to mark the 230th anniversary of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Constitution of 3 May 1791 and the Mutual Assurance of the Two Nations

Exhibition Patrons

President of the Republic of Lithuania GITANAS NAUSĖDA

President of the Republic of Poland ANDRZEJ DUDA

Exhibition organiser

National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

Exhibition co-organisers

Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland)

Royal Castle in Warsaw – Museum (Poland)

Exhibition partners

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Poland

Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Lithuania

Polish Institute in Vilnius

 

This exhibition presents the processes of modernisation of the Lithuanian and Polish state – the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth – that took place during the reign of the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Stanisław August Poniatowski (1764–1795), showing how the epoch of the “gentle revolution” was born, the measures that were taken to strengthen the state, how the constitutional monarchy was created, how the concept of the nation changed and how the Homeland took on the meaning of a symbol of the nation's freedom. The title of the exhibition echoes the narrative that was entrenched in the second half of the 18th century in writing coming from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth about the homeland's welfare, seeking its prosperity and securing its sovereignty.

The genesis of the passing of the Constitution of 3 May 1791, its contents and fate are revealed in the exhibition from the perspective of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: initiators of the reforms are distinguished along with their activities in Lithuania, showing the scale of the reforms that were implemented, revealing the position of Lithuanian society in terms of the centralisation of the joint state, and highlighting the sustainability of the idea of the Union of Lublin, confirmed in the law on the Mutual Assurance of the Two Nations passed on 20 October 1791.

The exhibition consists of seven thematic parts, presented in a chronological-thematic order. The processes of state reform and centralisation are assessed in light of the texts of politicians, publicists, educators and preachers of the day in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, while the implemented reforms are illustrated using artefacts reflecting daily life in the voivodeships and rural districts (powiats) of Lithuania. The most important figures and their activities from the Constitution epoch are pointed out in each thematic part.

 

Exhibits owned by

Anykščių sakralinio meno centras

Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych w Warszawie, Polska

Bažnytinio paveldo muziejus

Biblioteka Książąt Czartoryskich, Oddział Muzeum Narodowego w Krakowie, Polska

Biblioteka Kórnicka PAN, Polska

Biblioteka Narodowa w Warszawie, Polska

Biblioteka Naukowa PAU i PAN w Krakowie, Polska

Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Warszawie, Polska

Fundacja Zbiorów im. Ciechanowieckich, Zamek Królewski w Warszawie – Muzeum, Polska

Jonavos Šv. apaštalo Jokūbo bažnyčia

Jan K. Ostrowski, Polska

Kauno arkivyskupijos kurija

Lietuvos istorijos institutas

Lietuvos mokslų akademijos Vrublevskių biblioteka

Lietuvos nacionalinė Martyno Mažvydo biblioteka

Lietuvos nacionalinis dailės muziejus

Lietuvos nacionalinis M. K. Čiurlionio dailės muziejus

Lietuvos nacionalinis muziejus

Lietuvos valstybės istorijos archyvas

Львівська національна галерея мистецтв імені Бориса Возницького, Україна

Львівський історичний музей, Україна

Muzeum Historyczne w Sanoku, Polska

Muzeum Książąt Czartoryskich – Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, Polska

Muzeum Książąt Lubomirskich w Zakładzie Narodowym im. Ossolińskich we Wrocławiu, Polska

Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, Polska

Muzeum Narodowe w Poznaniu, Polska

Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Polska

Nacionalinis muziejus Lietuvos Didžiosios Kunigaikštystės valdovų rūmai

Нацыянальны мастацкі музей Рэспублікі Беларусь

Panevėžio vyskupijos kurija

Parafia pw. Niepokalanego Poczęcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny w Wigrach, Polska

Prince Maciej Radziwiłł, Polska

Raguvos Švč. Mergelės Marijos Ėmimo į dangų bažnyčia

Šiaulių „Aušros“ muziejus

Trakų istorijos muziejus

Turgelių Švč. Mergelės Marijos Ėmimo į dangų bažnyčia

Vilniaus arkivyskupijos kurija

Vilniaus universiteto biblioteka

Vilius Kavaliauskas

Vytauto Didžiojo karo muziejus

Zamek Królewski na Wawelu – Państwowe Zbiory Sztuki

Zamek Królewski w Warszawie – Muzeum, Polska

 

Exhibition curator

Dr. Ramunė Šmigelskytė-Stukienė

 

Exhibition concept and plan authors

Dr. Ramunė Šmigelskytė-Stukienė, dr. Vydas Dolinskas, Marijus Uzorka

 

Exhibition coordinators

Marijus Uzorka, Gintarė Džiaugytė, Gintarė Tadarovska  

 

Exhibition publishing coordinators

Dr. Živilė Mikailienė, Gintarė Džiaugytė  

 

Exhibition restoration maintenance coordinator

Mantvidas Mieliauskas

 

Exhibition scientific and cultural program coordinators

Dr. Ramunė Šmigelskytė-Stukienė, Vytautas Gailevičius

 

Exhibition educational program coordinator

Lirija Steponavičienė

 

Exhibition marketing and information coordinators

Mindaugas Puidokas, Monika Petrulienė

 

Exhibition technical installation coordinators

Kęstutis Karla, Aurimas Ramelis, Saulius Marteckas  

 

Sponsors

Lietuvos kultūros taryba

BTA

 

Media sponsors

LRT

Lietuvos rytas

Lrytas.lt

JCDecaux