21–24 September 2011, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Second Building, Tilto g. 16, LT- 01101 Vilnius)

The year 2011 marks the centenary of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis’ death. A century’s span gives a sufficient temporal perspective to ascertain that Čiurlionis’ work reflected the key processes in the history of European music, even though it was rarely performed during his lifetime and most of it remained in the manuscripts and unfinished sketches. At the turn of the 20th century his work represented an intersection of the romantic idiom and the active signs of emerging modernism. The music of Čiurlionis contains many examples of his explorations in the field of cryptology and methods for ‚production’ of musical material, which opened new vistas for further structural and formal development of this material. Hailing from the sphere of romantic inspirations, his work was visionary, blazing a trail for new music of the 20th century.

In solving the enigma of Čiurlionis the composer, Čiurlionis the painter – his alter ego – often lends a helping hand. Like the musical works of his counterpart, his paintings stem from the world of romantic mysticism and symbolism. As a painter he developed a poetic language and mixed colours from the modern palettes of surrealism and abstractionism with his brush steeped in metaphysics. Čiurlionis used tempera and small sheets of paper to create the vision of a perfect universe – an imaginary Babylon whose limits have exceeded those of the Eurocentric culture.

The four-day conference in Vilnius aims to delineate broad prospects for the future research of Čiurlionis’ work, to revise the existing approaches and employ the latest research as a starting point for achieving a deeper understanding of his work. By discussing the causes of his prophetic insight and artistic intuition in the centennial perspective and with all recent methodologies at hand, this conference encourages to redefine the place of Čiurlionis on the map of the 20th-century culture.

There will 45 participants – musicologists, art researchers, philosophers and others from 12 countries (UK, Armenia, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, USA, Poland, France, Russia, Finland, Germany and Lithuania). They will present various articles on Ciurlionis art and music. There will 25 scientists and researchers from Lithuania. All the three days of the conference there will be plenary sections (6). They will be presented by famous researchers of Ciurlionis art and music heritage from various European countries – Lithuanian scientists Prof. Hab. Dr. Vytautas Landsbergis, Dr. Rasa Andriušytė-Žukienė, Prof. Dr. Jonas Bruveris, Prof. Hab. Dr. Gražina Daunoravičienė, researcher in semiotics Prof. Dr. Eero Tarasti from Finland, Polish scientist Hab. Dr. Jacek Szerszenowiczi and musicologist from Germany Prof. Hab. Dr. Hermannas Jungas.

The Conference is organized by: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Lithuanian Composers’ Union in association with the Vilnius Academy of Arts and Lithuanian Culture Research Institute.

Sistema ir dizainas: Jonas Lekevičius