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The exhibition presenting documentary and artistic photographs by a master of pictorial photography, Count Benedykt Henryk Tyszkiewicz (1852–1935), taken in France, Poland, Lithuania and the Wiała manor near Vilnius in the present territory of Belarus, which were considered lost for a long time
Curators: Vilija Ulinskytė-Balzienė, Sigita Kupscytė, Teklė Tomkutė-Vaičiulienė
Design of the exhibition – ZET-Á-ZET
Graphic designer Tadas Karpavičius
Count Tyszkiewicz began to take interest in photographic art in the late 19th century. He was a member of the prestigious Photo-Club de Paris, and his works were admired by visitors of numerous salons of photographic art.
In some photographs the count captured luxurious palace interiors, manor environment, the life and pastimes of aristocrats, travels, photographed his family members, relatives and friends, and in others, admired the nature of the Naliboki forest, explored the types and daily life of local people in Zakopane and Lithuania, and staged various scenes in nature and his photographic studio.
Though some photographs were meant for family albums, while others were aimed for exhibitions and magazines, they are all interesting for a contemporary viewer both as witnesses of the past and as a result of the photographer’s artistic aspirations.
Organisers: Photography Museum, Šiauliai Aušros Museum
Partners: Lithuanian National Museum of Art, Kaunas District Museum, auction house ARS VIA, Gražina Petraitienė, Gediminas Petraitis, Dainius Junevičius, Polish Institute in Vilnius, French Institute of Lithuania, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the French Republic, the Lithuanian Association of the Blind and Visually Handicapped, PI Kino Pavasaris
Main sponsor: UAB Grafų Baldai
Sponsors: Auction house ARS VIA, Šiauliai District Municipality
Media sponsors: LRT, Etaplius
The project is partially funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture