Baltic Modernism. Lecture by Dr Marija Drėmaitė about Lithuanian modern architecture and books’ presentation on Wednesday, April 12th at 6 p.m.
20th century modern Lithuanian architecture is full of controversies that were the result of political regime changes, education of architects, and the process of rapid urbanisation. It is evident in the construction of the new (provisional) capital city of Kaunas in 1918–1940, the post-war restructuring of cities in the 1950s, and the formation of Lithuanian Socialist Modernism in the 1960s. Rapid urban change is characteristic of the entire Baltic region in the 20th century, and its modernist architectural heritage is a matter that inspires much debate.
Three English-language books on the subject of modern architecture in 20th century Lithuania have been published in recent years. Architectural publishing house LAPAS and its international partners invite you to a lecture and discussion with Dr Marija Drėmaitė about the legacy of 20th century modern architecture in the Baltic region. The discussion will consider the new attitudes being formed by these publications and how they interpret controversial topics in history and architectural heritage.
Publications introduced during the lecture:
Marija Drėmaitė. Baltic Modernism: Architecture and Housing in Soviet Lithuania (2017, DOM publishers)
Kaunas. Architectural Guide (2017, LAPAS)
Vilnius 1900–2016. An Architectural Guide (2016, LAPAS)
The event is English. Discussion is moderated by researcher-curator Mait Väljas, Museum of Estonian Architecture.
The publications are on sale during the event with a special price. The lecture-presentation in Tallinn is followed by events in Helsinki (13th April) and Warsaw (17th May).
Organiser: LAPAS Publishing House (www.leidyklalapas.lt)
Supporters: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
Partners: Museum of Estonian Architecture, Helsinki City Museum, Centrum Architektury (Warsaw), Embassy of Lithuania in Warsaw