New Archives from the Lithuanian Cultural Attaché to China and South Korea

December 1, 2022

The National Library of Lithuania has added new documents to the collection of documents on the activities of cultural attachés of diplomatic missions of the Republic of Lithuania. The last collection of documents came from Tomas Ivanauskas, who served as Cultural Attaché to China and South Korea from 2019 to 2021. The archive handed over is exceptionally rich in published documents, illustrating the intensity of publishing work.

The books by Lithuanian authors Laimonas Briedis, Jonas Mekas, and Mikalojaus Vilutis and the publication on contemporary Lithuanian theatre are among the books that made their way to the Library. Ivanauskas noted that the loss of the opportunity to present performing arts due to the COVID-19 pandemic had resulted in a focus on photography. This led to two significant photography projects at the end of 2020: Antanas Sutkus’s solo exhibition at the Xin Dong Cheng Gallery in Beijing and Tadas Kazakevičius’s series “That Which Will No Longer Be” at Jimei × Arles, the most important photography festival in China. The collection also includes catalogues of these exhibitions, as well as publications commemorating the 90th anniversaries of the most famous Fluxus artists, Jurgis Mačiūnas and Nam June Paik, and the 100th anniversary of Josep Beuys.