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Art of the Baltics: The Struggle for Freedom of Artistic Expression under the Soviets, 1945–1991


Rutgers University Press



This book gives a general overview of art in the Baltic Soviet Republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as focused accounts of the pre-war, post-war and newest art in each of these individual countries. In preparing our visit to Vilnius, we found Vitkoras Liutkus’s essay “Breaking the Barriers: Art under the Pressure of Soviet Ideology from World War II to Glasnost” and Kestutis Kuzinas’s “Lithuanian Art from 1988 to the Present” to be particularly valuable. Also very useful are the charts in the appendixes listing major historical and cultural events in three countries.

The book was published in conjunction with an exhibition at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2001/2002.