“Modernist’s Guide” is the newest route in the “It's Kaunastic” series of the Lithuanian Creative City of Design. Together with the “Wallographer’s Notes”, they both are dedicated to highlighting Kaunas as a UNESCO Creative City. These new tools are for modernist architecture lovers, which includes an English-language map to discover the most important buildings of the Epoque. Kaunas boasts a remarkable modernist architecture of the interwar period, which is included in UNESCO's World Heritage Tentative List. The city – which is designated as the European Capital of Culture for 2022 – is increasingly focusing on its history that usually hides in the plain sight. “Modernist’s Guide” aims to make the acquaintance easier and foster exchanges.
What about the “Wallographer’s Notes”? There’s no such word as “wallographer” you say? True, but how else should we call the observer of street art, graffiti, neo–frescoes, site-specific artwork and other traces of art that can be found outside museum or gallery walls? The “Wallographer’s Notes” is an invitation to embark on a never-ending city tour – by the time you reach the final point of your walk, new details will have emerged, and you will definitely want to snap a picture. It is also likely that one of the artworks included in the guide will have run its course. That’s why the walls and streets of Kaunas (in addition to drawings, the guide contains a few sculptures and other objects that are integral to the city) are remarkable – they never sleep, they don’t say a word but live and evolve.