CALL FOR PAPERS:

CALL FOR PAPERS: "For the Eyes and for the Soul: Private Art Collections in Lithuania" (CFP until 18.06.2019)

Place Kazys Varnelis House, National Museum of Lithuania, Vilnius,
Organizer National Museum of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute (Vilnius, Lithuania)
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Call for papers

For the Eyes and for the Soul: Private Art Collections in Lithuania

Conference organised by the National Museum of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Deadline for proposals 18 June 2019

Dates of the conference September 26-27, 2019 

Venue Kazys Varnelis House, National Museum of Lithuania, Vilnius

National Museum of Lithuania from 2019, annually, established a series of conferences dedicated to the local collecting traditions. We invite doctors, PhD candidates and collectors to submit proposals to the international conference "For the Eyes and for the Soul: Private Art Collections in Lithuania". Case studies of private collections from other neighbouring countries as well as from other European countries are also welcome to reveal the comparative approach. 

The conference has the aim to explore collecting of art as a multilayered phenomenon that includes artistic, social, economic, political aspects and the collector’s personality as well. Contributions to the conference can address not only the contemporary phenomenon of art collecting, but also consider its historical tradition, taking into account the entire territory of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The conference covers the period from the 18th to the 21th century and the history of art collecting including painting, sculpture, graphic, applied art and other objects of art. History of collections in Lithuania has been strongly influenced by Stanislaw August Poniatowski, elected king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as his collection became a vivid expression of aristocratic self-perception. This tradition continued throughout the 19th century, regardless of the dramatic political changes of that period. A shift took place in the early 20th century when a collector's social profile changed. Artworks were mainly collected by entrepreneurs, merchants and intellectuals. 
Submissions may include the following topics:
Lithuanian art collections and their fates (case studies);
issues of the art market;
a history of collectors' tastes, influences and priorities in Lithuania;
motives for collecting of art;
collecting, cultural exchange and cultural heritage;
case studies of private collections in other countries.
Proposals (in Lithuanian or English) must include:
a) an abstract of max. 2,500 characters;
b) short academic CV; 
c) contact information including e-mail.
The organisers of the conference will cover accommodation expenses in Vilnius for the participants from abroad.
Languages of the conference Lithuanian, English.
Please send your proposal to Aistė Bimbirytė-Mackevičienė aiste.bimbiryte@lnm.lt
Conference organizing committee: Dr. Laima Laučkaitė-Surgailienė (Lithuanian Culture Research Institute), PhD candidate Aistė Bimbirytė-Mackevičienė (Lithuanian Culture Research Institute/ National Museum of Lithuania), PhD candidate Marius Daraškevičius (Lithuanian Culture Research Institute). Looking forward to your answer, Aistė Bimbirytė-Mackevičienė Art Historian Kazys Varnelis House-Museum National Museum of Lithuania