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Three exhibitions by Count Benedykt Henryk Tyszkiewicz (1852–1935) taking place in Lithuania simultaneously – at Vilnius Picture Gallery (4 Didžioji st, Vilnius), Photography Museum (140 Vilnius st, Šiauliai), and at Raudondvaris Castle (1 Pilies tak., Raudondvaris).
The exhibitions 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.
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.
Vilnius Picture Gallery – Dainius Junevičius
Photography Museum: Vilija Ulinskytė-Balzienė, Sigita Kupscytė (audiovizualinė dalis), Teklė Tomkutė-Vaičiulienė (virtualios realybės dalis)
Raudondvaris Castle – Zigmas Kalesinskas
Coordinator at the Vilnius Picture Gallery – Rasa Adomaitienė
Architect of the exhibition at Vilnius Picture Gallery – Saulius Valius
Graphic designers: Tadas Karpavičius and Juozapas Švelnys
Organisers: Lithuanian National Museum of Art, Aušros Museum in Šiauliai, Kaunas District Museum, auction house ARS VIA, Gražina Petraitienė, Gediminas Petraitis, Dainius Junevičius
Partners: 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