Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation (further – the Fund) was established in 29th April 2010.
The main objectives of the programme – to develop an open society and seek to consolidate its ideals and values at a national level, in a long term establishing a gallery for artworks of Lithuanian diaspora artists.
Currently in Lithuania there is no permanent exhibition defining the development of diaspora art. Lithuanian society, especially youth, is still little acquainted with the Lithuanian-born diaspora artists, whose talents and achievements have already been recognized in the world. Although quite a lot of diaspora art is brought into Lithuania (not all of them being the best and most characteristic works of authors), it is only a small part of the whole diaspora artworks. It is very important to bring back more pieces of art to Lithuania, as only then significant part of our national culture (diaspora work) will be completely purified and understood.
Conditions for expansion of public horizons and raising of visual art culture awareness should be created – in such a way new opportunities for Lithuanian art interpretations will be opened. The objectives of the programme are to preserve and enhance the cultural heritage of diaspora as a sigh of nation and state continuity, integrating it into the educational, creative industries and cultural tourism projects.
During World War II a large part of Lithuanian artists – both professional and beginners – were scattered throughout the world. Nostalgia, exiled fate left a strong mark in artists’ lives – it is clearly reflected in their works. A strong relationship with the motherland, observance of traditions in foreign environment became the form of resistance of Lithuanian diaspora artists. It is evidence that Lithuanian culture is strong and vigorous - even in the most difficult moments there were people who did not forget their origin and roots, had strengths and determination for noble and meaningful creative work. Lithuanian art, scattered around the world, should return to its homeland and become an important part of the history of art.
DR Vilma Gradinskaitė, Laima Kreivytė, DR Ramutė Rachlevičiūtė, DR Rasa Andriušytė-Žukienė