The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania and the Department of National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania invite you to the exhibition of the project “Wanderings of Moses” by the Chairman of the Council of National Minorities, Daumantas Levas Todesas.
According to the initiator, the project was inspired by the work of Jakovas Bunka (1923-2014), a Plungė resident, folk artist, Jewish man, and a promoter of Samogitian history, and, more specifically, by his sculpture “The Moses of Plateliai”, which was erected in 1989 on the Jasmine hill in Plateliai (Plungė district). The sculpture eventually crumbled and fell down, but the upper part of the sculpture – the face of Moses – was preserved (Antanas Vaškys restored the sculpture “Moses of Plateliai” in 2018).
D. L. Todesas invited artists from different countries to create a unique artwork for the project based on the surviving fragment of the sculpture by J. Bunka. The exhibition presents the creative interpretations of this fragment by more than twenty different artists, symbolizing both eternity and the fragility of time, devotion to fate and resistance, blindness and sight, sacrifice and faith.
D. L. Todesas says of the exhibition: Each of us has his/her own desert where we are born, and its picture is but an illusion for us. Everyone receives a name, religion and nationality upon birth – numerous things we cannot choose, and we identify ourselves with them. The aim of each of us under such circumstances is to free our mind and wander in search of Moses. Those who can, they find Moses in themselves. Those who cannot, they find him in close proximity. Those who cannot find him, they stay in the desert.
The search for Moses means the quest for the goal and meaning of our lives. Each of us should find our mission to pursue in this life in accordance with our own environment, abilities and understanding. This is our coming out of the wilderness. However, in our pursuit of the goal and meaning, we have to find ourselves, too. But along this quest we cannot destroy what we find along the road”.
The exhibition will be displayed from January 19th until March 5th, 2023.
Participants: Jakovas Bunka, Adomas Jacovskis, Ewa Polkhe, Solomonas Teitelbaumas, Ilja Bereznickas, Raimondas Savickas, Leo Ray, Dimitrij Gutov, Madara Gulbis, Daiva Kairevičiūtė, Matvei Vaizberg, Algirdas Mikutis, Antanas Vaškys, Mindaugas Šnipas, Tatjana Kazimierėnienė, Aleksandra Jacovskytė, Vladimir Cesler, Pinchas Fišel, Natalija Borisova, Nataša Gerasimenko, Lilia Tatarinova, Juozas Kalinauskas, Aloyzas Janušauskas, Rimas Keturka.
Partners: Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Department of National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Jewish community “Vilnius – Jerusalem of Lithuania”, Jakovas’ Bunka charity and support fund.
The organizers of the exhibition sincerely thank the charity and support fund Vilnius Polish Culture House, DHL Lietuva.