Druskininkai in Aleksandras Vozbinas landscapes


Aleksandras Vozbinas's solo exhibition was due to open at the M.K. Čiurlionis Memorial Museum on the 28th of March 2020. Unfortunately, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic the opening of the exhibition is currently suspended until further notice. However, you can still visit the virtual exhibition "Mano Druskininkai" on Aleksandras Vozbinas facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/AleksandrasVozbinas/

'Mano Druskininkai' exhibition presents artists' oil paintings created in Druskininkai between 2003 and 2020. The painter often visits Druskininkai where he spends a lot of time in summer. The motifs of Druskininkai often appear in the painter's landscape art. The painter is one of few contemporary artists who likes to paint "from nature". He chooses scenes by taking long walks and looking for more interesting angles and details. “Druskininkai has a special aura created by the surrounding pine forests, scattered lakes, Nemunas and Ratnyčia river loops and the surviving charming wooden architecture. You always want to come back here", notes A. Vozbinas.

The painter has captured many natural landscapes in color - the Love Island, Nemunas and the Ratnyčia streams at different times of the year. He especially likes one particular motif of the bridge over river Ratnyčia. When we asked why, the artist jokes - 'Claude Monet painted hundreds of images of Rouen Cathedral at different times of the year and day. This is what painting is - to convey the shade of lighting, mood and feeling'.

Another of the artists' favorite landscape theme from Druskininkai is wooden architecture. It includes the charming villa "Regina", the Park villa, the recently built wooden villa "Arnika" and even one of the first brick buildings in Druskininkai - the Mayor's house. The painter believes that there could be more wooden architecture in Druskininkai which would give charm and coziness to the resort.

A.Vozbinas especially likes the spaces of Čiurlionis' house and yard, where many landscapes have been painted. The M.K. Čiurlionis Memorial Museum has managed to preserve the Čiurlionis spirit - old apple trees, traditional flower gardens, natural light in the rooms, antiques and musical instruments. You can easily imagine how a future genius spent his childhood here. Druskininkai town is a great place for creativity due to its tranquility and natural surroundings.