Eduardas Jonušas House

Eduardo Jonušo namai
Eduard Jonušas House

E. A. Jonušo g. 1, Nida

Eduard Jonušas' house is open to the public:
From July 1.: III-VI: 12.00-18.00
Or by prior arrangement by phone + 37068210493

Nida, and the experiences that he had there, were life changing for Eduardas Antanas Jonušas. He discovered the remains of the disappearing Curonian lifestyle. There was a small group of Curonians still living there and he got to know some of them fairly well after moving to Nida in 1971. The artist spent 30 years recovering the ethnic culture of a region that was consciously being destroyed during the interwar period. He gave special attention to the most significant cultural symbols such as: krikštai (traditional burial monuments), vėtrungės (ornate weather vanes), kurėnai (traditional Curonian ships) and architectural elements of fishermen houses (decorative roof gables and other weather vanes).
Inspired by the Curonians’ deep understanding of the spiritual world, Jonušas drew up plans for a project to reconstruct the old, deserted graveyard in Nida and restore the traditional burial monuments – krikštai. He was one of the pioneers in analysing a very distinct phenomenon of Curonian culture – weather vanes. He gathered a collection of their drawings and with artist Rimantas Dichavičius, prepared a book on weather vanes. Unfortunately, the authorities of the day did not allow it to be published. He also put together exhibits for Neringa’s Museum of History.
After the restoration of Lithuania's independence, after receiving the drawings, Eduardas Jonušas built the first traditional fishing vessel in the post-war years - the kurėna. "This is my thanks to those who were born here, grew up and grew up with this land" (E. Jonušas).
Eduardas Jonušas was not just a reviver of the region’s ethnographic heritage, but an artist as well. As a sculptor, his first piece was made in Nida – a decorative composition called “Neringos vartai” (“The Gate of Neringa”), which stands by the entrance of Neringa. It is an embodiment of the rich symbols of this region: three sails with weather vanes. Jonušas contributed much in reviving the memory of Martin Ludwig Rhesa, the prominent academic and cultural figure from the Curonian Spit: on Skirpstas Dune, not far from Pervalka, a memorial was created by Jonušas for him in 1975. The creative work of Jonušas can be seen in many of Neringa’s public places: an art piece called “Darbas” (“Work”) decorates the foyer of Neringa’s municipality building, and the decorative composition “Pašto karieta” (“The Mail Coach”) can be seen on the façade of Neringa’s post office.
Eduardas Jonušas’s paintings and especially the pastel drawings of his earlier years were dominated by the scenes of the Curonian Spit and its ethnographic motifs. Later, he spent his creative periods of time making various series of paintings which symbolically conveyed his experiences in the hell of the Soviet gulag.
Eduardas Jonušas is an honorary citizen of Neringa, a knight of the Order of Gediminas, and a laureate of the M. L. Rėza Prize. Died in 2014, buried in Nida ethnographic cemetery.
2016 Eduardo Jonušas House was established in E. Jonušas workshop.