„I am a sculptor from Lithuania“ – constantly told Jacques Lipchitz in the most famous galleries of the world, where he successfully presented his Cubist sculptures in the second half of the 20th century. And Lithuania never forgot its sculptor – the museum dedicated to his life and artwork is opening in his hometown of Druskininkai.
In 1996 the memorial museum to sculptor Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973) was established in Druskininkai. Although the museum is currently closed for renovation, it is planned that the new exhibition will present the history of the well-known sculptor in Lithuania and abroad, his artistic endeavors. This exhibition will be contextualized by the representation of the history of Jews in Druskininkai.
While we are still waiting for the renovated memorial museum to open up, we can visit other memorial places related to the famous J. Lipchitz in Druskininkai. One of them is a sculpture park in his name, where various artists from Lithuania present their sculptures influenced by the works of J. Lipchitz. And if You wish to feel the historical atmosphere of Druskininkai at the end of the 19th century – at the beginning of the 20th century, when J. Lipchitz ran the streets of this town, You are welcome to take a walk through a historical Jewish quarter in Druskininkai.
Historical Jewish quarter in Druskininkai
Jacques Lipchitz Sculpture Park in Druskininkai (Maironio g. 22) 54.024278, 23.972750
The old Jewish cemetery in Druskininkai, 54.008233, 23.972364
The old Jewish cemetery in Ratnyčia, 54.001389, 24.014167
Historical Hotel “Central” (Šv. Jokūbo str. 22) 54.019917, 23.971778