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“Introduction to an unknown but great artist” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum

National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum
Ranked #9 of 84 things to do in Kaunas
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Avelgem, Belgium
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“Introduction to an unknown but great artist”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

I only had a short time off so I had to choose which muzeum or gallery I should visit. I never heard of M.K. Ciurlionis before I was in Kaunas, but everybody recommended a visit to this museum where you can listen to his music and see his artwork (mainly paintings). It was very interesting and a perfect way to get introduced to the work and life of this interesting - though in Western Europe not very well known - artist.

Visited March 2014
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Guarulhos, SP
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

This Museun is located in the main street, in the heart of town.
There are theatre plays, operetas, expositions, etc.
The prices are honest and the place is really cozy.

Visited March 2013
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Definitely worth it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

Some parts of the museum and the collections seem to be closed currently (as of February 2nd 2014), but it doesn´t really interfere with the experience of this fascinating artist; a rough guess would be that perhaps 75 paintings or so (?) are on show, including a lot of the most famous ones. A leaflet says that the museum owns 220 paintings, 52 graphic works and 700 drawings, but they can´t all be shown simultaneously, of course.

The museum consists of
1) a basement section with a surprising amount of photos, documents and memorabilia (it came as a surprise to me that Ciurlionis was interested in photography, for example). Also, there´s access from there to a small temporary (?) exhibition about the architect and stage designer Vlada Dubeneckis.
2) On the first floor, there´s a concert auditorium and some posters of various Ciurlionis exhibitions abroad.
3) on the second floor, you´ll find the paintings, easily seen on a one-way route, formed as a crescendo with the most complicated and largest ones at the end. The works stretch from an amateurish and kitsch-like symbolism of its day, to the sublime, mysterious and magical.

The entrance fee is modest, 6 L; the fee for photography is 12 L.

The kiosk sells a good selection of literature about Ciurlionis and Lithuanian art (a good small pamphlet in colour is L 6, and a substantial art-historical work, "Ciurlionis - Painter and Composer" (1989, 556 pages) was only 25 L, whereas more recent books with better illustrations are more expensive. You´ll also find some CDs for sale, including an anthology of 4CDs for 80 L, and one with the symphonic poems and the De Profundis cantata in the excellent recording by Domarkas for 25 L, as well as a good selection of very inexpensive musical scores of Ciurlionis works.

Nex to the kiosk, there´s also a public study room with a library and computers.

The museum is closed on Mondays. There´s no cafe, but plenty of them nearby, on the main walking street.

Visited February 2014
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Unique!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013 via mobile

M. K. Ciurlionis is an unique artist in the world. Amazing paints, fantastic music.Well, it is a museum for adults more, but listen symphonies with kids, they are amazing!

Visited March 2013
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“Might be the best museum in Kaunas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

Multi-talented and multi-faceted personality so complex it is taking decades to explore. A painter, a composer, a photographer, and a writer - a legacy for centuries in just 35 years of life. There are no strict definitions to his art and this is what I like best about it - it is all about the feeling. The spirit around the works is phenomenal and the recent reconstruction of the museum helps to emphasize this feeling. Be sure not to miss the ground floor exposition on his life to get e glimpse into the person and after you are done with the paintings be sure to spend some time to listen to the synaesthete music. As always, it is a good idea to do some homework prior to the visit - at least to imagine of what to expect (hey but that's what you are doing if you are reading this!) and do yourself a favor - take your time here TO FEEL RATHER THAN JUST SEE.
I stand firmly behind the proposal that Ciurlionis is probably one of the best kept secrets in the world of art.

Visited August 2012
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