Eduardas Jonušas House

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Nida and the impressions experienced during his visit to Nida were crucial for life to Eduardas Jonušas. There he discovered the fading picture of local people’s life, as a small part of returnees remained living in Nida and Eduardas made friends with some of them when he settled in Nida in 1971.
The artist devoted thirty years of his life to recovering the ethnic culture of the region that in the post-war period had been deliberately tried to be deleted, especially, such the most glaring cultural symbols as weathervanes, typical fishermen’s boats, architectural elements of their houses, decorations of burial places, etc.
The locals’ deep spiritual understanding of the world inspired E. Jonušas to develop a project for reconstruction of the abandoned old Nida cemetery and restoration of the burial monuments. He was one of the first to study and produce drawings of weathervanes that are one of the most exclusive phenomenon of ethnic traditions. He made up a collection of drawings and together with his artist colleague Rimantas Dichavicius prepared a book on weathervanes, however failed to publish it since the that time government did not issue permission for its publication. In addition, he had collected a number of exhibits for the History Museum of Neringa.
After the restoration of Lithuania’s Independence Eduardas Jonušas, basing himself on old drawings, built a traditional fishing boat (kurenas), the first such in the post-war period. "This is my gratitude to those who had been born, grown up here and melted with this land. (E. Jonušas).
Eduardas Jonušas had been both a reviver of the regional ethnographic heritage and a great artist. He created his first sculptural work that is a decorative composition “The Gate to Neringa” erected at the entrance to Neringa and embodying vivid symbols of this place, which are three sails and weathervanes. E. Jonušas made a significant contribution to restoring the name and memory of a prominent science and culture man of the Curonian Spit Martin Ludwig Reza. There, near the Pervalka settlement, stands a monument to Martin Ludwig Reza created by Eduardas Jonušas in 1975. In many public spaces of Neringa one can see the artist’s works: His panel “Work” decorates the lobby of Neringa Municipality and visitors to Nida can admire a decorative composition "Post coach” on the post office of Nida exterior.
Nature, ethnographic motives of the Curonian Spit were especially dominating in the early period of Eduardas Jonušas pastel paintings. Later, his entire creational work was devoted to the cycles that, by means of symbols, were aimed to express tortures and hell of the Soviet Gulag.
Eduardas Jonušas is the Neringa Town Honorary Citizen, Knight of Gediminas Order, M.L. Reza Prize winner. He passed away in 2014 and is buried in the ethnographic cemetery of Nida.
In 2016 a public enterprise “Eduardas Jonušas House” was founded in his workshop.