The Three Kings of Culture

Every year on January 6, the feast of the Epiphany, the Lithuanian National Culture Centre crowns its own ”Three Kings” of culture. The winners of the nation-wide folk art exhibition “Golden Wreath” are contestants from the fields of visual and applied arts as well as cross-carving. Due to the pandemic, the committee chose this year’s laureates virtually, and postponed the awards ceremony to healthier times.

The final exhibition, dedicated to the end of the year of Folk Art, contained the work of 30 artists, from visual folk art, sculpture, painting, graphic art, applied art and cross-carving. The winners are metalsmith Saulius Kronis, who presented a collection of traditional suns, graphic artist Viktoras Žilinskas, who submitted linocuts, and weaver Birutė Andrijauskienė, who showed a national costume collection.

The “Golden Wreath” was awarded this year for the 16th time. Although last year was challenging, to say the least, it also made way for new possibilities and discoveries. Last spring, many regional juried exhibitions took place, and in autumn of 2020, eleven more shows displayed the best regional masters. Due to the pandemic, some of the shows were presented both live and virtually, so they could be enjoyed by visitors far and wide.

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Saulius Kronis
Viktoras Žilinskas

Birutė Andrijauskienė