Museum was opened on February 22, 1966 in A. Žmuidzinavičius home, which was designed by the famous architect Vytautas Landsbergis-Žemkalnis.
A. Žmuidzinavičius paintings and various archive materials are displayed in the museum. He was born in Seirijai in 1876, in a peasant family. After graduating from the Veiveriai teachers’ academy (1890–1894) he worked as a primary school teacher in Poland. From 1898 to 1904 he lived in Warsaw where he taught and in the evenings attended a drawing night-school run by J. Zolotariov and studied in the studio of the famous Polish artist V. Gerson. From 1905 to 1906 A. Žmuidzinavičius continued his art studies in Paris - in the Colarossi and Vitti academies.
He arrived in Vilnius in 1906. In 1907, together with P. Rimša, M. K. Čiurlionis and other artists he presented the first Lithuanian art exhibition in Vilnius and founded the Lithuanian Art Society, which he led for many years. During 1908 he continued his painting studies in Munich. The very same year he visited the USA, where he gave lectures on Lithuanian art for Lithuanian emigrants and collected donations for the Lithuanian Art Society and the Lithuanian House. The artist actively participated in various activities of public organizations: he was a Central Department Chairman for National Guard Union from 1930, served on the Vytautas the Great Committee and was a member of the Vytautas the Great Museum commission. From 1926 to 1940 he taught painting in the Kaunas Art School and from 1941 to 1951 in the Kaunas Applied and Decorative Arts Institute.
The most famous collection of A. Žmuidzinavičius is his devils collection. The Antanas Žmuidzinavičius MemorialMuseum was established in 1966, but a great and constantlygrowing collection of devils was moved from the artist’s studio to a separate extension in 1982. This unique museum now holds over 3,000 devils –pieces of fine and applied art, souvenirs and masks.
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