Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania presents an exhibition "Kristijonas Donelaitis: Homer of Lithuania" at EXPO2020 in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). The modern visualisation of K. Donelaitis’s literary work was created with the help of Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA) lecturers. Fragments of the exposition equipment were created by the Dean of the VAA Klaipėda Faculty prof. Alvydas Klimas, and fragments of paintings by assoc. prof. Irma Leščinskaitė.

The exhibits of the digitized manuscript documents of K. Donelaitis' poem "The Seasons" are placed in the exhibition box, above which, covered with glass, the Rotor hologram rotates the text composition and projects spatial images. Fragments of text, drawings, painting thumbnails, video excerpts, letters, words are animated and connected to the whole composition. The graphic compositions of the pattern connect with the sound systems. The overall composition of the visual images is minimal - they form graphic logos.

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

The first Lithuanian poem by Kristijonas Donelaitis (1714–1780), pastor, poet and pioneer of Lithuanian fiction has been translated into a large number of languages. Excerpts from the poem "The Seasons" can be listened to in Lithuanian, English, French, Japanese, Greek, German, Spanish, Italian and Arabic. In 1977 "The Seasons" was included in the UNESCO’s list of European literary masterpieces.

About Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

One of Lithuania’s largest academic libraries, the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, which marked its 100th anniversary a couple of years ago, goal is to combine traditional and modern library functions. These efforts allowed to achieve it to become a non-conventional memory institution boasting an extensive network of international partners. The multi-faceted activities pursued by the National Library have transformed it into a very active space for knowledge, public engagement and culture. Using modern technology the library converts the documents from the library’s archives and collections into visual and innovative forms of expression.

Project partners: Vilnius Academy of Arts Faculty of Klaipeda, Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, National Association of Cultural and Creative Industries, Modern, interactive technology company “HoPro”, Creative Group “Orse”.