Exhibition prepared by the 3rd year students of Vilnius University’s Communication faculty’s Cultural Information and Communication and Heritage Communication specialty. Students: Greta Ūsaitė, Greta Stepanavičiūtė, Iveta Komičiūtė, Elena Kačkaitė. Lecturer – Neringa Latvytė-Gustaitienė

 Annotation of exhibition

Gediminas Castle and the Hill are historical objects that are valued and familiar to every citizen of Lithuania. The exposition of the Gediminas Castle is special because it introduces to the reconstructions of the Vilnius castles, the weaponry and the iconographic materials of old Vilnius in the 14-17th centuries.  At the top of the tower  there is an observation deck with a magnificent panorama of the capital. Although the castle still lives in the form of a museum (the memory institution was opened in 1960, since 1968 it became a member of the Lithuanian National Museum), the castle-bearing mountain from a strong, green national symbol becomes merely the natural monument that is falling down, sloping down the slopes and causing big worries. As it is said in historical sources, the Gediminas Castle Hill, which is almost 40 meters high,  due to the complex geological structure and steep slopes has already shaken the catastrophic landslide in the past. Although this object is being managed at the moment, it causes a lot of public discussions.

The state celebrates the centenary after the proclamation of Lithuania’s independence, therefore, on this occasion, it is frequent, at least in thought, to think about past events, changes in various places, as it seemed earlier  and as it now seems, remember the most important events of Lithuania or prominent personalities, think about the historical importance of changes in each individual’s life. Gediminas Hill together with the castle is not only a national heritage but also a popular object in Lithuanian art and photography. The virtual exhibition, inspired by the current events, will reveal the most beautiful masterpieces of art, and exhibits displayed in chronological order will show the recorded changes in Gediminas Hill and Castle since the 19th century. This is an invitation to contribute to the preservation and honor of historical memory. The exhibition is keeping 30 exhibits in total, including 5 photographs and 25 paintings. Most of the paintings are painted by Lithuanian architect, painter, engineer Juozas Kamarauskas, who first began to capture cultural heritage objects in Lithuania in drawings and graphics, created about 4,000 graphic and painting works. Therefore, the work of this author is dominated here. All collections of this virtual exhibition are stored in the Lithuanian Art Museum and created by Lithuanian artists.