Illustration 23 August 2023

An evening with Professor Adachiara Zevi. On Memory and Memorials

On the occasion of the European Days of Jewish Culture we kindly invite you to the events organised by the Judaica Research Centre at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania in partnership with the Lithuanian Culture Institute and the Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History. This year the theme for the European Days of Jewish Culture is Memory. Visiting from Italy Professor Adachiara Zevi will speak on the relationship between memory and art, architecture and monuments.

On September 4th at 6 pm prof. Adachiara Zevi will speak with prof. Giedrė Jankevičienė in a talk titled Memory and Memorials at the Events area (3th floor) in the National Library. The talk will be held in English.

A. Zevi is an architect and art historian. Since 2002 she has worked as a curator for the international biennale Arte in memoria (Art in Memory), held in the ruins of the Ostia Synagogue, as well as a curator for the project Memorie d‘inciampo (Stumbling Memories) since 2010. She is the initiator of the unveiling of memorial stones in Rome.

The talk will centre on the relationship between architecture and memory, and the meaning created by monuments and memorials. In her 2014 book Monumenti per difetto (Monuments by Defect), A. Zevi writes about monuments, museums and memorials that are exceptional in their urbanistic, architectural and aesthetic value. She claims that creative work in connection to memorial symbols is never indifferent and neutral; it poses the question of responsibility over memory.

The topic of memory is exceptionally necessary this September as we are commemorating the 80th anniversary of the uprising and liquidation of the Vilnius Ghetto.

Born in a famous Italian Jewish family Adachiara Zevi is an architect and art historian, president of the cultural association "Art in Memory" and of the Bruno Zevi foundation, established in order to promote and spread the historical and cultural heritage of her father’s life and work, and Professor at the Macerata, Florence, Bologna, Milano, Palermo and Napoli art academies.

Prof. Dr. Giedrė Jankevičiūtė is an Art Historian, exhibition curator, senior researcher at the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, Proseffor at the Vilnius Academy of Art. The professor is actively involved in Jewish heritage studies and memorialisation. On her initiative, five commemorative stones dedicated to Jewish artists were unveiled in Vilnius.

Briefly about the event

4 September
6 pm
Events area, 3th floor
1,5 h
Event language
Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History, Lithuanian Culture Institute
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