Science – Future of Lithuania / Mokslas – Lietuvos Ateitis, Vol 3, No 3 (2011)

National Representation in the Constituent Seimas (Parliament) Interior by Vladimir Dubenecky (1924)

Lina Preišegalavičienė


Russian-born painter and architect Vladimir Dubenecky (1888–1932) is well known in Lithuania because of valuable architectural legacy created during his living and working in Kaunas in 1919–1932. The aim of the discussion is to open less known side of V. Dubenecky creative work – public interior design. Until now it is little examined theme, so this article will extend the approach to well-known artist’s architectural works, thereby creating additional material for the history of Lithuanian interiors. Only one part of representativeness aspect is discussed in this article, that is the national representation. The representative interior project of the Constituent Seimas, Parliament, (1924) is chosen for the study because of that. The Parliament’s interior project was focused on the conference room equipment and furniture design. Meanwhile the discussion of the design project is studied how the past architectural styles and folk art had been creatively remade in order to create the new style, which was named as National Style during the interwar period. The creative origin of the National style is discussed as well and it is supposed that the National Style started as a continuation of Art Nouveau and a little later it became the part of Art Deco. The National Style worked in order to fulfill one of the main tasks of the interior desig – national representativeness. Inspite of the National Style was widely promoted during the interwar period, other different kinds of representation existed as well: political representation, representation of modernity, representation of power. Several other inter-war Lithuanian representative interiors are mentioned in the article as examples for comparison the different types of representation. They are the Cabinet of Minister’s and the Museum of Vytautas the Great.

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Article in: Lithuanian

Article published: 2011-06-07

Keyword(s): Constituent Seimas interior, interwar interior, history of interiors, furniture history, national representation, national style, Vladimir Dubenecky

DOI: 10.3846/mla.2011.060

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