Minister of Culture: the Baltic countries should work together not only on the jubilee years


2018 10 13


“The joint exhibition of the Symbolists of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which returned home from Paris, is one of the finest examples of how we can and should work together, sharing our cultural victories and presenting them to Europe and the whole world,” - said Culture Minister L. Ruokytė-Jonsson in Tallinn on Thursday.

Minister L. Ruokytė-Jonsson together with the Minister of Culture of Estonia Indrek Saar and the Minister of Culture of Latvia Dace Melbarde participated in the opening of the exhibition “Wild Souls. Symbolism of the Baltic States”, dedicated to the centenary of these countries. The exhibition, which this spring and summer for the first time took place in the Musée d'Orsay of Paris and received great recognition and international interest, returned to the Baltic countries. The exhibition introduces the period of Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian art from the end of the XIX century until 1918. The exposition reveals professional works of the Baltic region symbolists, reflecting trends in the European art of those years. According to the Musée d'Orsay, more than 236 thousand people visited the exhibition in Paris.

According to the Minister of Culture L. Ruokytė-Jonsson, this exhibition shows that the Baltic countries, despite the historical upheavals, always remained part of European culture; symbolism was chosen as a satellite of a special period, a national movement to revive peoples and countries. The exhibition “Wild souls. Symbolism of the Baltic States” is a common project of the Tallinn Art Museum, Estonia, the Riga National Art Museum, Latvia, the Vilnius Art Museum and the Kaunas Art Museum, named after M. K. Čiurlionis; its curator is the famous French art historian, an expert of the Symbolism era Rodolphe Rapetti.