Born in Druskininkai in 1891, Jacques Lipchitz is a world-famous Cubist sculptor of Lithuanian Jewish origin who lived and worked in France, the USA, Israel and Italy.
He received his first recognition and commission in 1920, when his first solo exhibition was held at the Rosenberg Gallery in Paris. His most famous works are Vyras su Gitara—or Man with a Guitar—Besimaudančioji—or The Bather—and Gyvenimo Džiaugsmas—The Joy of Life.
In 1996, a memorial museum dedicated in his honour was established in Druskininkai. Employing an anthropological perspective and the regional socio-cultural context of the 20th century, the new exposition of the museum presents both the artist’s creative and personal life. Particular attention is paid to the sculptor’s ties with Lithuania, which have remained strong despite the Iron Curtain that separated the artist from his homeland.