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M.K. Čiurlionis: Between Worlds

This September, Dulwich Picture Gallery will present M.K. Čiurlionis: Between Worlds, the first major UK exhibition of work by the Lithuanian artist and celebrated composer.

Building on its reputation for introducing lesser-known artists to UK audiences, the Gallery will bring together over 100 works by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911), widely credited as Lithuania’s greatest artist. The exhibition will feature paintings created throughout his short but prolific career, with most travelling to the UK for the first time.

M.K. Čiurlionis: Between Worlds will reveal how Čiurlionis used structure and colour to create works that sit between mythology and reality. The exhibition will highlight the breadth of Čiurlionis’ interests, with a focus on humankind’s relationship to the universe, and examine the themes and motifs that aligned his art to European Symbolism. Bringing together Čiurlionis’ most accomplished masterpieces, including Creation of the World (1905/1906), The Zodiac (1906/1907) and Rex (1909), the exhibition will position him as a singular figure in the history of European art whose ethereal, and occasionally fantastical, works were precursors of abstract painting.

Čiurlionis left a profound imprint on Lithuanian culture and is among the country’s most loved and famous historical figures – his paintings are widely reproduced and his music is often performed. 

The on sale date for tickets will be announced via our website and social media channels a few months prior to exhibition opening. 

Images: Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Serenity, 1904-1905. Vignette for lithuanian folk song, "The dark Night will Fall" I, 1909. Creation of the World. III from the cycle of 13 paintings, 1905-1906. Angels (Paradise), 1909. Sonata No. 7 (Sonata of the Pyramids). Andante, 1909. Courtesy M.K. Čiurlionis Museum of Art, Kaunas.