27 May: Discussion with Brian Whitmore “Russia and the West: A New Era of Conflict?”

Do Lithuanian and the U.S. policies towards Russia coincide? What are the main similarities and differences? War in Ukraine and Russian interference into the U.S. Presidential election forced the U.S. to reassess Russia-posed threats. How did U.S. foreign and security policies change in relation to these events? President Donald Trump has met his Russian counterpart for several occasions. What impact did these meetings, as well as characters of both presidents, have on bilateral U.S. – Russia relations? Furthermore, given that Lithuania sees the U.S. and NATO membership as main guarantors of its security, do Western sanctions against Russia work? What else could the international community do to ensure Europe’s territorial integrity and safety of people?

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15 May – 16 June: “Early Paintings by Jonas Buračas”

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Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania invite you to attend an exhibition of paintings by Jonas Buračas, one of the greatest Lithuanian painters and a master of landscape painting of the inter-war and post-war periods. His works focused on the studies of Lithuanian nature, architecture and small towns. While his oil and watercolour paintings are realistic, they also show hints of impressionist techniques and are based on meticulous studies of light and nature as well as observations of seasonal change.

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Opening hours on Mother's Day

Dear visitors, please be reminded that the National Library is closed during public holidays so it will not be open to the public on 5 May. The Library’s opening hours are one hour shorter on a day before a public holiday thus our Library will be open until 5:00 pm on 4 May.

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International conference “Digital approaches in cultural heritage: towards a pan-Baltic cooperation network”

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From 21 to 22 May 2019, an international conference – Digital approaches in cultural heritage: towards a pan-Baltic cooperation network – will be held at the National Library of Latvia (Rīga, Latvia, Mūkusalas iela 3). It will explore digital heritage-related topics that are of common interest in the Baltic Sea region – existing and potential networks of collaboration, joint projects for research, digitization, digital repatriation, and the development of digital tools that could foster consistent development of institutions in the region and beyond.

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16 May: Sat Sandarbha. The presentation of philosophical treatise

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You are kindly invited to the presentation of unique philosophical six-volume treatise – Ṣaṭ Sandarbha. The work is well known for its deep analysis and systematic elaboration of the entire theology and philosophy of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism. Furthermore, the translation and commentaries of Satyanarayana Dasa are based on superb understanding of Sanskrit, Indian logic, grammar, hermeneutics, and poetics.

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2 May: Book presentation of the photo album „Reserved Mr. Memory“ by Patrick Murphy

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An American permanently residing in Vilnius looks back on his homeland (the American South). Book presentation of the photo album “Reserved Mr. Memory.”

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Opening hours on 30 April and 1 May

Dear visitors, please be reminded that the National Library is closed during public holidays so it will not be open to the public on 1 May. The Library’s opening hours are one hour shorter on a day before a public holiday thus our Library will be open until 8:00 pm on 30 April.

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Lithuanian National library has entered into cooperation agreement with Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture

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On April 29, during her visit to Vilnius, Yfaat Weiss, the director of the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture - Simon Dubnow at Leipzig University, professor of history at Leipzig University and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has signed a cooperation agreement between Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania and Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture. Since 2018, National Library of Lithuania and Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture have been working together on an international project to research the Romm dynasty of Jewish publishers in Vilnius. The project is titled “Cultural Agency, Transnational Innovation and Publishing Economics: The Romm Printing House and the European Republic of Letters“.

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10 May: Meeting with prof. David Fishman and his book presentation

The Judaica Research Centre continues its series of events “Hashavat aveda – To Return What Was Lost”, dedicated to the fate of Jewish cultural heritage in the XX – XXI centuries. A meeting will be held on 10th May at 18:00 with the renowned historian David Fishman, the professor of history at the Jewish Theological Seminary (New York). As an author of many important works on Jewish cultural history, he became especially prominent in 2017 after publishing his book “The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis“, which won the prestigious National Jewish Book Award.

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10 May – 21 July: Pro Captu Lectoris, exhibition of restored documents

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Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania will hold an exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the National Library and the 40th anniversary of its Document Conservation and Restoration Division.

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Easter weekend opening hours

Dear visitors, please be reminded that the National Library is closed during public holidays so it will not be open to the public on 21 and 22 April, i. e. on the first and second day of Easter. The Library’s opening hours are one hour shorter on a day before a public holiday thus our Library will be open until 5:00 pm on 20 April.

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Discussion on the Crimean Crime consequences for international law and politics

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On 11 April, Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania held a discussion entitled “Crimean Crime Consequences for International Law and Politics”. The basis of the discussion was a 2017 book The Case of Crimea’s Annexation under International Law. A few years ago this collection of documents was published by the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding (Centrum Polsko-Rosyjskiego Dialogu i Porozumienia), the Polish Institute of Legal Sciences (Instytut Nauk Prawnych Polskiej Akademii Nauk), and Scholar Publishing House.

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Presidential debates and follow-up discussion held at the National Library

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Presidential debates held late on Monday at Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania offered the most popular presidential candidates, Gitanas Nausėda, Ingrida Šimonytė and Saulius Skvernelis, the opportunity to discuss foreign and defence policy as well as the legal system and allowed them to ask one another questions. The audience gathered at the National Library’s Conference Hall included staff of embassies residing in Lithuania, representatives of the election teams, politics experts, and other public figures.

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National Library offers a glimpse into The Other Worlds of Werner Herzog

Nacionalinėje bibliotekoje pristatyti „Wernerio Herzogo pasauliai“

On 26 March, Goethe-Institut in Lithuania in partnership with Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania presented the collection of works by Werner Herzog, one of the most acclaimed directors of New German Cinema. Over his long and successful career, Werner Herzog expanded the possibilities of cinema as an art form and transformed a wide range of genres. His films explore a variety of cultural and living environments and capture people at psychological extremes. Herzog is fascinated with characters who deliberately put themselves in extreme situations and push the limits of human possibilities.

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Francophone Film Weekend held at the National Library

On 23 and 24 of March, Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania held a Francophone film festival which brought together dozens of people who love or are involved in the French language, French-speaking countries and their cultures. The festival saw the screening of as many as 9 films which represented different countries: Moldova, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Romania, and the Czech Republic. The representatives of the embassies of the francophone countries to Lithuania gave their welcome addresses and introduced the attendees to the films reflecting their countries. The Francophone Film Weekend is just one part of the broader National Library programme dedicated to celebrating International Francophonie Day. This day has been celebrated since 1990 and symbolises peace, unity and solidarity among the nations.

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22 March – 28 April: Spring Exhibition 2019

Spring Exhibition 2019

The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania would like to invite you to Spring Exhibition 2019, which will present works of students from the Department of Sculpture at the Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA). The reference point for this exhibition is the annual open critique and review sessions of the Department of Sculpture, which allow audiences to see student works from all years in one space. Based on the model of those review sessions, the artworks on display at this exhibition are not limited by selection criteria such as year, theme or artistic direction. Curated with the students of the VAA Department of Sculpture, the Spring Exhibition 2019 provides an opportunity to see the works of fifteen authors that are distinctive for the consistent creative approach, ideas and aesthetic execution. In addition to this, the exhibition also shines a light on the collaboration between two educational institutions, revealing not only their ways of operating, but also what is fated to be unseen. In a certain sense, the situation of this exhibition is akin to a geological map, a diagram of a cross-section of the earth’s crust showing the uncovered geological layers and indicating what maybe lies beneath the surface.

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20–22 February: conference “Everyday Life History and its Approaches to Writing the History of Twentieth-Century Europe”

20–22 Februrary: conference “Everyday Life History and its Approaches to Writing the History of Twentieth-Century Europe”

German Historical Institute Warsaw and its branch office in Vilnius organize a conference “Everyday Life History and its Approaches to Writing the History of Twentieth-Century Europe”. The conference will take place at Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania.

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30 January – 10 February: exhibition “To Me There’s No Other Choice”

30 January – 10 February: exhibition “To Me There’s No Other Choice”

In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (27 January), Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania holds the exhibition entitled “To Me There’s No Other Choice” organized by the Swedish Institute. It is dedicated to Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg who has been designated as a Righteous Among the Nations. In 1944, this Swedish diplomat worked in the Nazi-occupied Hungary and saved thousands of Hungarian Jews by distributing certificates of protection to Jews and providing shelter to them in the buildings which came under the Swedish jurisdiction. After the Red Army seized Budapest in 1945, Wallenberg was arrested by the KGB and subsequently disappeared, never to be heard from again. It is believed that he died in the KGB Moscow prison in 1947.

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National Library Opens Exhibition “Encounters. NYLA Portraits”

Nacionalinėje bibliotekoje atidaryta paroda „Sutikti. NYLA portretai“

“It’s always an achievement to meet a fellow human being,” said one of the organizers, Karolis Vyšniauskas, at the opening of the podcast exhibition, probably the first of its kind in Lithuania, set in the dimly lit Exhibition Hall of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. He is a co-editor and host of Nanook, the team of media professionals creating new-generation Lithuanian journalism.

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Exhibitions

15 May 2019 – 16 June 2019
Early Paintings by Jonas Buračas
10 May 2019 – 21 July 2019
Pro Captu Lectoris, exhibition of restored documents