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Although Lithuania is relatively small country it has a lot of famous people in sports, art, science, politics and other.
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) - Prussia philosopher, professor and academic of Lithuanian descent, the former of classical German philosophy. The well known philosopher he became for his book “Critique of Pure Reason", one of the most complicated works of philosophy ever, where there is declared that for the real knowledge both mind and sense are necessary.
French newcomer Michel Hazanavicius won the Academy Award for director Sunday evening for "The Artist," a nearly silent, black-and-white film about a silent movie star whose life changes with Hollywood's transition to talking pictures and the arrival of a lovely starlet.
Hazanavicius, who also wrote the screenplay and edited the film, has written and directed several French TV productions, as well as the "OSS 117" movies, which star Jean Dujardin (lead actor in "The Artist") as a French secret agent akin to James Bond. But "The Artist" thrust Hazanavicius, 44, into the spotlight and has afforded him international acclaim. The film, which stars the director's wife Bérénice Bejo as ingenue Peppy Miller, swept the BAFTA awards two weeks ago, taking seven trophies including two for Hazanavicius.
He also won the Directors Guild of America award. For the Oscar, Hazanavicius was up against Terrence Malick for "The Tree of Life," Woody Allen for "Midnight in Paris," Alexander Payne for "The Descendants" and Martin Scorsese, who last month nabbed the Golden Globe for directing "Hugo."
"The Artist," which won the Golden Globe for best picture, received 10 total Academy Award nominations, including writing and editing nods for Hazanavicius and best picture.
Michel Hazanavicius was born and raised in Paris, France.
His grandparents were originally from Lithuania, but relocated to France in the 1920s. Hazanavicius attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects.
In 1999, he wrote and directed his first feature film Mes amis (1999), which featured his brother Serge Hazanavicius. His next feature film, spy parody, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) was a success at the French box office, and warranted a sequel, OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009), which was also a hit. Hazanavicius came to the attention of international audiences with the release of an almost wordless film, The Artist (2011), which starred his wife, Bérénice Bejo and OSS 117 star Jean Dujardin. The film was a critical and popular hit, garnering many major nominations and awards.
Billy McNeill, Scottish soccer legend, had a Lithuanian mother.
Trashy American talk show host Maury Povich, famous for his on screen paternity tests, paternal grandparents emigrated from Lithuania.
Sir John Gielgud, regarded as one of the greatest English actors, father was of Polish-Lithuanian descent. Original Lithuanian form of his name was Gelgaudas.
Bob Dylan’s mother’s grandparents were Lithuanian Jews.
Late actor and comedian John Candy, of “Uncle Buck”, “Home Alone” and “Splash” fame, his mother was Lithuanian.
(1901-1987).He started to play on a quarter-sized violin given to him by his father in his native city of Vilna (now called Vilnius, Lithuania), and at age seven made his public debut in Kovno (now known as Kaunas, Lithuania).The music, talent and creativity of Jascha Heifetz have captivated music lovers all over the world. His extraordinary and incomparable musical talent has helped Heifetz become one of history's most revered and remembered violinists. The Violin Case has honored the memory of this world renowned musician with an exclusive Jascha Heifetz violin bridge necklace.
(1921- 2003) – the well known USA actor, whose real name was Karolis Bučinskis, born in USA in a family of Lithuanian emigrants. Amazing filmography of almost 90 films and great success in America and Europe proclaim the great talent of this actor of Lithuanian nationality.
(1952) Zemeckis was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a Lithuanian American father and Italian American mother, and was raised in a working-class Roman Catholic family.
Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Zemeckis first came to public attention in the 1980s as the director of the comedic time-travel Back to the Future movie series, as well as the Oscar-winning live-action/cartoon epic, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), though in the 1990s he diversified into more dramatic fare, including 1994's Forrest Gump, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director.
Darius and Girėnas were Lithuanian pilots, emigrants to the United States, who made a significant flight in the history of world aviation. On July 15, 1933, they flew across the Atlantic Ocean, covering a distance of 3,984 miles (6,411 kilometers) without landing, in 37 hours and 11 minutes (107.1 mph). In terms of comparison, as far as the distance of non-stop flights was concerned, their result ranked second only to that of Russell Boardman and John Polando, and ranked fourth in terms of duration of flight at the time. Although Darius and Girenas did not have navigational equipment and flew under unfavorable weather conditions, the flight was one of the most precise in aviation history. It equaled, and in some aspects surpassed, Charles Lindbergh's classic flight. Lituanica also carried the first Transtlantic air mail consignment in history.
Elijah ben Shlomo Zalman, (Hebrew: ר' אליהו בן שלמה זלמן) known as the Vilna Gaon or Elijah of Vilna and simply by his Hebrew acronym Gra ("Gaon Rabbenu Eliyahu"), ((גר"א (גאון רבינו אליהו) (b. Vilnius April 23, 1720, d. Vilaus October 9, 1797), was an exceptional Talmudist, Halachist, Kabbalist, and the foremost leader of non-hasidic world Jewry of the past few centuries. He is commonly referred to in Hebrew as ha'Gaon ha'Chasid mi'Vilna, "the saintly genius from Vilnius."
He was one of the most influential Rabbinic authorities since the Middle Ages, and – although he is counted among the sages known as the Acharonim – he is held by many authorities after him as belonging to the Rishonim (Rabbinic authorities of the Middle Ages). Large groups of people, including many yeshivas, uphold the set of Jewish customs and rites (minhag), the "minhag ha-Gra," which is named for him, and which is also considered by many to be the prevailing Ashkenazi minhag in Jerusalem. The Gaon wrote also on mathematics, being well-versed in the works of Euclid and encouraging a pupil, Rabbi Baruch of Shklov, to translate the great mathematician's works into Hebrew.
Born in Vilnius, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Gaon displayed extraordinary talent while still a child. By the time he was twenty years old, rabbis were submitting their most difficult halakhic problems to him for legal rulings. He was a voluminous author, writing such works as glosses on the Babylonian Talmud and Shulchan Aruch known as Biurei ha-Gra ("Elaboration by the Gra"), a running commentary on the Mishnah (Shenoth Eliyahu ("The Years of Elijah")), and insights on the Pentateuch entitled Adereth Eliyahu ("The Splendor of Elijah"). Various Kabbalistic works have commentaries in his name, and commentaries on the Proverbs and other books of the Tanakh were written later on in his life. None were published in his lifetime.
Sabonis made his pro debut in 1981 with BC Žalgiris in his hometown, Kaunas. He won three consecutive Soviet League titles and reached the 1986 Euroleague finals with the team.
Sabonis was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 77th pick of the 1985 NBA Draft. However, the selection was voided because Sabonis was under 21 at the time of the draft. The following spring, he suffered a devastating Achilles' tendon injury. Nevertheless, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 24th pick of the 1986 NBA Draft.
Sabonis wasn't allowed to play in the NBA by Soviet authorities until 1989. However, he did go to Portland to rehabilitate his injury with Blazers trainers. He also practiced with the team.
In the 1988 Summer Olympics, Sabonis led the Soviet Union to a gold medal win against a United States team that featured future NBA All-Stars David Robinson, Mitch Richmond and Danny Manning. The team later beat Yugoslavia in the finals.
In 1992, after playing with CB Valladolid for three seasons, Sabonis joined Real Madrid and won two Spanish League titles and a Euroleague title in 1995. During the 1994-95 regular season with Real Madrid, he averaged 22.8 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocked shots, and 2.4 assists per game.
In 1995, Sabonis signed with the Blazers. He had a successful rookie campaign, averaging 14.5 points on 55% shooting and 8.1 rebounds. Sabonis was selected to the All-Rookie First Team and was runner-up in both Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year votings. His postseason averages were up to 23.6 points and 10.2 rebounds.
Sabonis averaged 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 1997-98, all career-highs.
The question that surrounds Sabonis' NBA career revolves around how good he could have been had he played in the NBA during his prime.Sabonis was over 31 when he joined the Blazers, by which time he had already won multiple gold medals and suffered through numerous injuries.
Has received grants and awards from the Albright-Knox Gallery, the Long Warf Theater Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts. Member of American center of P.E.N. Golden Medal, Philadelphia College of Art, "For the devotion, passion and selfless dedication to the rediscovery of the newest art," 1966 Guggenheim Fellowship, 1977 Creative Arts Award, Brandeis University, 1989. Mel Novikoff Award, San Francisco Film Festival, 1992. Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Ministry of Culture, France, 1992, 2000. Lithuanian National Award, 1995. Doctor of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa, Kansas City Art Institute, 1996. Special Tribute, New York Film Critics Circle Awards, 1996.Pier Paolo Pasolini Award, Paris, 1997. International Documentary Film Association Award, Los Angeles, 1997.Governors Award, Skohegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1997.Artium Doctoris Honoris Causa, Universitatis Vytauti Magni, Lithuania, 1997.
|Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions
|2007:||“Jonas Mekas: The Beauty of Friends Being Together Quartet”, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York.|
|2007:||www.jonasmekas.com, Solo Exhibition, Maya Stendhal Gallery, November to February,|
|2006:||"Jonas Mekas: Solo Exhibition", Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Center, UK.|
|2006:||"Jonas Mekas: Solo Exhibition, Sketch Gallery, London.|
|2006:||"He Stands in the Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life", Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum, Mexico City.|
|2006:||"Jonas Mekas, Film Screenings", Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC.|
|2006:||"Jonas Mekas: Solo Exhibition". Baltic Art Center, Visby.|
|2006:||"The Expanded Eye", Kunsthaus Zurich.|
|2006:||"Onestar Stop", Galerie Erna Hòcy, Brussels.|
|2005:||"Jonas Mekas- Celebration of the Small and the Personal in the Time of Bigness", Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (CAC).|
|2005:||"Always a Little Further", La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, 51st International Exhibition.|
|2005:||"Balance and Power- Performance and Surveillance in Video Art". Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL.|
|2005:||"Thank You for the Music", Spruth Magers Projeckte, Munich.|
|2005:||"Jonas Mekas", Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (CAC).|
|2005:||"Repetitions", Maya Stendhal Gallery, New York, Group Show; "Fragments of Paradise", Solo Exhibition, Maya Stendhal Gallery|
|2003:||"Moderna Museet", Baltic Art Center, Visby.|
|2003:||"Fables de L'Identitò", Centre National de la Photographie, Paris.|
|2003:||"Jonas Mekas: Frozen Films Frames", Maison Europòene de la Photographie,Paris.|
|2003:||"Frozen Film Frames", Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg Brooklyn.|
|2003:||"Dedication to Fernand Lòger", Museum of Contemporary Art, Vilinius.|
|2003:||La Biennale di Venezia. Installation at the Utopia Station Pavillion|
|2003:||"Jonas Mekas: A Camera for Jonas". "To Petrarca Who Walked Over the Hills of Provence" and a 24 hour video installation, "Dedication to Ferdinand Lòger". Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.|
|2002:||Documenta 11, Kassel.|
|2002:||Maison Europòenne de la Photographie, Paris.|
|2000:||"Laboratorium", Antwerpen Open, Antwerp.|
|2000:||"VoilÌ- Le Monde dans la T®te", Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Films and Installations.|
|1998:||Gandy Gallery, Prague.1999: Susan Inglett Gallery, New York.1999: Pupelis Gallery, Obeliai.|
|1998:||"Le Printemps de Cahors", Musee de Cahors Henri-Martin, Cahors.|
|1997:||Museum of Contemporary Art, Vilnius.|
|1997:||Madrid Art Fair.|
|1996:||Still Gallery, Edinburgh.1996: Laurence-Miller, New York.1997: Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo.|
|1992:||Galerie du Jour Agnes B., Paris.|
|1992:||Galerie National du Jeu de Paume, Paris.|
|Guns of the Trees (1962), 75 minutes.|
|Film Magazine of the Arts (Summer, 1963), 20 minutes.|
|The Brig (1964), 68 minutes.|
|Award Presentation to Andy Warhol (1964), 12 minutes.|
|Report from Millbrook (1965/ 1966), 12 minutes.|
|Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches), (filmed 1964-1968, edited 1968-69), 3 hours.|
|Hare Krishna (1966), 4 minutes.|
|Notes on the Circus (1966), 12 minutes.|
|Cassis (1966), 4.5 minutes.|
|The Italian Notebook (1967), 15 minutes.|
|Time and Fortune Vietnam Newsreel (1968), 4 minutes.|
|Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1971- 1972), 82 minutes.|
|Lost, Lost, Lost (1976), 2 hours, 58 minutes.|
|In Between: 1964-8 (1978), 52 minutes.|
|Notes for Jerome (1978), 45 minutes.|
|Paradise Not Yet Lost (a/k/a Oona's Third year) (1979), 96.5 minutes|
|Street Songs (1966/1983) 10.5 minutes|
|Cup/Saucer/Dancers/Radio (1965/1983), 23 minutes|
|Erik Hawkins Excerpts from "Here and Now with Watchers"/Lucia|
|Dlugoszewski Performs (1983), 6 min|
|He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life (1969/1985), 2.5 hours|
|Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol (1990), 35 minutes.|
|Mob of Angels/ the Baptism (1991), 60 minutes. Video.|
|Scenes from the Life of George Maciunas (1992), 34 minutes.|
|The Education of Sebastian or Egypt Regained (1992), 6 hours. Video.|
|Imperfect 3-Image films (1995), 6 minutes.|
|Imperfect 3-Image films (1995), 6 minutes.
|On My Way to Fujiyama (1995), 25 minutes.|
|Happy Birthday to John (1996), 24 minutes.|
|Memories of Frankenstein (1996), 95 minutes.|
|Birth of a Nation (1997), 85 minutes.|
|Scenes from Allen's Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit (April 1997), 67 minutes.Video.|
|Letter from Nowhere-Laiskas is Niekur N.1 (1997), 75 minutes. Video. In Lithuanian.|
|Song of Avignon (1998), 5 minutes.|
|Laboratorium (1999), 63 minutes. Video.|
|This Side of Paradise: Fragments of an Unfinished Biography (1999) 25 min.|
|Laboratorium (1999) 63 min, video|
|This Side of Paradise (1999) 35 min, 16 mm|
|Notes on Andy's Factory (1999) 64 min, video|
|Autobiography of a Man Who Carried his Memory in his Eyes (2000) 53 min, video|
|Song of Avignon (2000) 8 min|
|Mysteries (1966-2001) 34 min|
|As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000) 288 min|
|Autobiography of a Man Whose Memory Was in His Eyes (2000)|
|Remedy for Melancholy (2000) 20 min, video|
|Ein Maerchen (2001) 6 min, video|
|Williamsburg, Brooklyn (1950-2003) 15 min|
|Mozart & Wein and Elvis (2000) 3 min|
|Travel Songs (1967-1981) 28 min|
|Dedication to Leger (2003) 24 hours worth of footage, video installation|
|Notes on Utopia (2003) 30 min, video|
|Letter from Greenpoint (2004) 80 min, video|
| Sonata Nr. 5 (Sonata of the Sun).
|Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis is the great master of Lithuanian music, art and letters. His unique ideas and forms of expression attract interest of still more and more artists and scholars all over the world. Already in early 20th c. I.Strawinski, I.Duncan, R.Rolland, J.Lipschitz, O.Messiaen showed interest and appreciation of his works. M.K.Ciurlionis is mentioned together with the famous modernists W.Kandinski, E.Munch, O.Redon, F.Kupka and others. In the exhibitions organized in Japan, France, Italy, Canada, Spain, Germany Ciurlionis is presented as one of the most prominent figures in Symbolism and Avant-garde art.|
|His creation is recognized as a fusion of various philosofical and religious systems, art trends of the fin-de-siecle and Lithuanian life philosophy. Nearly all Ciurlionis creative legacy is kept at the Museum (2 works are in the possession of the Museum of Fine Arts of Lithuania in Vilnius, 1 work is in the National Museum in Warsaw, 2 - in the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, several works are the property of the Ciurlionis family). The permanent exhibition presents 70 renowned works by Čiurlionis.|
|M.K.Ciurlionis was born on 20 September 1875 in Varėna (Southern Lithuania). The first teacher of music was his father. From 1889 to 1892 he played in the Duke M.Oginski Orchestra School in Plungė (Western Lithuania), later studied at Warsaw Institute of Music (1894-99) and Leipzig Conservatoire (1901-02). In 1902 began to attend the Warsaw J.Kauzik drawing studio. In 1904-06 studied at the Warsaw School of Fine Arts headed by K.Stabrowski. In 1906 visited the biggest art centres of Europe: Prague, Vienna, Dresden, Munich.||The Offering. 1909|
|Having moved to Vilnius took an active part in Lithuanian cultural life. He was among the organizers of the first exhibitions of Lihuanian art. In 1908-09 he spent several months in St. Petersburg where took part in the exhibitions of groups of Russian artists 'World of Art' and 'Union of Russian Artists'. In 1909 he married the writer Sofia Kymantaitė. On April 10, 1911 died in Pustelnik near Warsaw. Burried at the Rasos Cemetry in Vilnius.|
|Fairy Tale (Castle Fairy Tale). 1909||M.K.Ciurlionis' creative life was very short (only six years of intensive artistic work devoted to painting), however even this short period of time reveals a very rapid evolution of form and ideas. In works created from 1903 to 1906 the main themes the artist was preoccupied with were manifested: the structure of the world, harmony, the greatness and order of the Universe, the beauty of nature, the world of mythological, ethnic and biblical images.|
The early works ('Funeral Symphony', 1903; 'Rusting of the Forest', 1904; 'Truth', 1905 and others) witness open, direct allegories, a little constrained forms.
But very soon Ciurlionis' manner of drawing becomes unrestrained and graceful, colours very subtle. The contents of the works are filled with profound philosophical thinking. The most eminent works of this period include 'Creation of the World', 1905/06, 'The Zodiac' Cycle', 1906/07, 'Fairy Tale of the Kings', 1909, 'The Offering', 1909. The idea of synthesis in art so popular in early 20th c. found the unique implementation in Ciurlionis' works. The artist and composer applied the principle of musical composition to his painting. Not only the titles of the paintings (sonatas, fugues, preludes) link them with music. The variable rhythm, recurrent symbols and signs, variations of themes, multi-layered images resemble the structure of a musical piece. Musical paintings by Čiurlionis mark the period of the highest maturity in the artist's creative life. The accent of the display is one of the last works by Ciurlionis 'Rex', 1909. In a complex concentrated form the main artistic ideas of the author are manifested in this picture.
|M.K.Ciurlionis had a gift for writing also. The museum possesses surviving pieces of literary work, poems, articles, over 300 letters.
M.K.Ciurlionis was the founder of the professional Lithuanian music and wrote the first symphonic poems, the first string quartet. The main musical pieces - cantata 'De Profundis', 1899, overture 'Kęstutis', 1902, symphonic poems 'The Forest', 1900-01, 'The Sea', 1903-07, nocturnes, preludes, harmonized folk songs. A museum visitor may listen to Ciurlionis music in the Music Room of the museum.
|Fairy Tale (Fairy Tale of The Kings). 1909|
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