Žmuidzinavičius Museum

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The exhibit of the Žmuidzinavičius Museum

Žmuidzinavičius Museum, commonly known as the Devils' Museum (Lithuanian: Velnių muziejus), is a museum in Kaunas, Lithuania, dedicated to collecting and exhibiting sculptures and carvings of devils from all over the world. As of 2009, its holdings encompass about 3,000 exhibits.[1] The collection was initiated by painter Antanas Žmuidzinavičius (1876–1966). A memorial museum was established in his house after his death. At the time the devil collection had only 260 sculptures.[2] As the collection grew, enriched by a number of gifts presented to the museum by its visitors, a separate three-storey extension was built in 1982.[1] The devils, collected from different cultures, are diverse: some are just works of art, while others are incorporated into useful objects, some represent folk myths, while others express modern political ideas.[2] For example, one sculpture depicts Hitler and Stalin as devils in a dance of death over a playground littered with human bones.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Devils' Museum". Lithuanian Art Museum. 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  2. ^ a b c Bignell, Rachel (September 2007). "Devil Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania". Fortean Traveller. 

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Coordinates: 54°54′03″N 23°54′38″E / 54.90083°N 23.91056°E / 54.90083; 23.91056