On May 7, 2016, at the Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum, in its Mansarda Gallery (Rotušės a. 13, Kaunas), at 12 noon, a retrospective exhibition of Antanas Liutkus' paintings named The Return from Côte d'Azur to Kaunas / Retour de la Côte d'Azur à Kaunas will be opened.
Antanas Liutkus, a Lithuanian diplomat and painter, lived and worked in France. He was born in 1906 in Leckava and died in 1970 in Paris. His paintings – exhibited in Lithuania for the first time - have been assembled from his family members' private collections, and are presented on the initiative of his son, Perkūnas Liutkus, who resides in Villefranche-sur-Mer on the French Riviera.
Please, kindly accept our invitation to get acquainted with Antanas Liutkus' unique personality and to enjoy the bright colours of his works, which were created and preserved under complicated circumstances. The exhibition features his paintings never previously seen in Lithuania, his documents, exhibition catalogues, photos, published articles, and items from Perkūnas Liutkus' personal archive which will reveal a wide context of Lithuanian ex-pats' life in France.
The exhibition will be complemented by a catalogue, published in Lithuanian and French languages, which presents reproductions of the paintings, Perkūnas Liutkus' reminiscences about his father, comments on Antanas Liutkus' work by French art critics and artists Albert Flament, Paul Deltombe and Charles Singevin, as well as a support letter by Oscar Milosz, and other interesting documents and texts. A list of the painter's works and bibliography on him are also included.
The exhibition will remain open from May 7 to June 11, and entrance is free.