Contemporary Lithuanian Children’s Book Illustration

The exhibition Illustrarium: Contemporary Lithuanian Children’s Book Illustration presents 32 most outstanding illustrators of the recent decade and their works displaying a colourful panorama of children’s book illustrations of various genres and styles.

It introduces works by three generations of Lithuanian illustrators. Artists of the senior generation, who started their creative activities in the 8th-9th decade of the 20th century during the Soviet period in Lithuania, have been actively creating in this field until the present days. Many of them are bright personalities acknowledged on the international stage whose works have been appreciated and awarded on numerous occasions; these include Stasys Eidrigevičius, Kęstutis Kasparavičius, Rimvydas Kepežinskas, Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis, Leonardas Gutauskas, Irena Daukšaitė-Guobienė and others.

A vast majority of Lithuanian children’s book illustrators are artists of the middle generation whose skills developed under the influence of the rich national graphic art and book art traditions. Having lived through the period of fundamental changes in the country, they are unique in their search for an individual style. The most outstanding illustrators of this generation are: Rimantas Rolia, Eglė Gelažiūtė-Petrauskienė, Rolandas Rimkūnas, Eglė Kuckaitė, Agnė Indrė Každailytė (Agnes Indre) and others. Quite a few of them have also tried the art of writing and become both authors and illustrators of children’s books, namely Paulius Juodišius, Marius Jonutis, Laisvydė Šalčiūtė and others.

The exhibition also introduces works by the artists of the young generation. These artists represent the new Lithuanian culture in which a shift is taking place towards the dominance of the visual. Their creative activity has already left a bright trace on Lithuanian book art and illustrations; these include Sigutė Chlebinskaitė, Rasa Jonikaitė (Joni), Lina Dūdaitė, Jurga Šarmavičiūtė, Ieva Juknytė, Vaiva Lingytė and others.

The exhibition invites to take a deeper look at contemporary Lithuanian children’s books, discover their form and illustration trends and get to know the rich Lithuanian children’s literature and its remarkable artists.

The catalogue of the exhibition

Members of the Jury

Dr. Jolita Liškevičienė, art critic, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Art History at Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Dr. Giedrė Jankevičiūtė, art critic, Associate Professor at Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Dr. Ingrida Korsakaitė, art critic, member of the Lithuanian Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

Romas Orantas, graphic artist and book designer.

Nijolė Šaltenytė, graphic artist and illustrator, member of the Lithuanian Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

Dr. Danutė Zovienė, art critic, director of artseria, the publishing house of the Lithuanian Artists’ Association.

The exhibition Illustrarium: Contemporary Lithuanian Children’s Book Illustration was presented at the international Bologna Children‘s Book Fair 2011 (28-30 March) while Lithuania was the Guest of Honour Country.

l also became one of the main events at the 13’th international Vilnius Book Fair on 23-26 February, 2012.

Information about the current version of Illustrarium exhibition can be found here.