What kind of exhibitions are on view in Vilnius this month? Take a look at Arterritory.com's selections and don't miss Design Week, which is going on in Vilnius this very week.
Design Week Vilnius, Kaunas and Telšiai May 5-14, 2012
This week, several of Lithuania's cities are being taken over by Design Week, which will mainly be in evidence in design and interior salons/galleries. The full program is listed below, but we've chosen to highlight the following: “Titanikas”, the exhibition of works by students of the Department of Design at the Vilnius Academy of Art, on view in the academy's exhibition hall (Maironio g., May 3, 8 and 9); “Extremism”, an exhibition of works by the British designer Tom Dixon (salon “Simetria”, Lukšio g. 32, “Domus galerija”, May 9, 10.00–19.00); and the exhibition of works by the 2012 winners of the prestigious, German-founded “Red Dot” award (salon “Skandinaviški interjerai”, Lukšio g. 32, “Domus galerija”, May 11, 14.00). In Kaunas, take a look at classic pieces of Scandinavian design, as well as examples of current works (salon “Skandinaviški interjerai”, Savanorių pr. 166, May 10, from 19.00). And don't miss the announcement of the winners of the local “Good Design Awards”, May 15 at the Vilnius Museum of Energy and Technology. Lastly, if you've gone all the way to Vilnius, be sure to stop by the local affiliate of the Latvian store “Nakts mēbeles”, where on May 9, at 18.00 o'clock, the company will be presenting its collection for 2012 (Lukšio g. 32, “Domus galerija”).
Marija Olšauskaitė The Gardens, Vilnius May 19 – June 12, 2012
Marija Olšauskaitė (1989) is a youngest generation artist apparent in Vilnius. In her first solo show she inhabits the space, while admiring the crystal – its visuality, quality and reflection is the story of the composition, presented in a series of works. To see the object, one has to step back. To look at object carefully or in a more detailed view, one comes closer. What if there is no difference between the close-up and the distant view? Grasping this experiential, Marija Olšauskaitė creates an exhibition which is on view from May 19th through June 12th in “The Gardens”. Curator is Monika Lipšic.
Ina Budrytė “Menagerie” (Žvėrynui) Malonioji 6, Vilnius May 1 - 20, 2012
The modest Vilnius art space “Malonioji 6”, which was opened by several Lithuanian artists just this last March, is already hosting its second exposition – Ina Budrytė's (1957) solo show “Menagerie”. In the 1980's, Budrytė finished her studies in mosaics and frescoes at the Vilnius Academy of Art and worked on monumental wall paintings. During these soviet years, she created frescoes in the hospital and clinics in the Vilnius quarter of Antakalnis. Along with the transition from one political era to the next, she abandoned large-format works for small paintings and drawings, which she made “for her own enjoyment”. The artist was recently rediscovered by Raminta Jurenaite, the creative director of the Contemporary Art Center; Budrytė is currently participating in several exhibitions devoted to Lithuanian painting.
Žilvinas Landsbergis, a well-known Lithuanian contemporary artist and one of the founders of “Malonioji 6”, says that he didn't want to copy the traditional format of an art gallery with the new art space. Instead, they have created something that could be defined as a combination flat, meeting place and salon. “Malonioji 6” is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 14.00 to 19.00.
Malonioji 6 Vilnius, Lithuania
Gisbert and Rose Stachs “Transit Zone” Gallery (AV 17), Vilnius May 2 - 21, 2012
Alongside other centers of contemporary art in Vilnius is the active gallery (AV17). The gallery features contemporary jewelry pieces, transforming the ancient craft into the context of contemporary art, and raising jewelry design to the level of conceptual design. Through May 21, (AV17) is showing “Transit Zone”, an exhibit of works by the German artists Gisbert (1963) and Rose (1964) Stachs. The pair's signature is a synthesis of jewelry and installations, video art, sculpture and photography. They are well-known internationally, holding exhibitions both as a pair and separately, and have received awards in the fields of both jewelry design and art; they have also given guest lectures in Belgium, Israel and Palestine. Gisbert Stachs' connection to the Baltics began last year, when he received the Amberif prize for jewelry design – an annual award (given out by the Poles for over ten years now) that recognizes jewelry designers who shine a new light on Baltic amber through contemporary design approaches. The Stachs's use daily objects in their art, transforming them into an emotionally saturated visual commentary, thereby analyzing today's value system. Using a light touch, the artists bring to the forefront global issues about the situation in third world countries, consumer enslavement to inflated labels, and the huge mass of information centered on the global economic downturn. “Transit Zone” speaks about the “transit zone” inside each of us – how our values change when we are in nontraditional places and according to different contexts. Gisbert and Rose Stachs don't shake their finger at us, but discreetly make us think about an alternative way of looking at the world, one that is free of the skewed needs of a glamor-society.
Jurga Barilaitė “Show It” Gallery “Vartai”, Vilnius April 18 – May 26, 2012
With her exhibition “Show It”, on view at the gallery “Vartai” through May 26, the Lithuanian artist Jurga Barilaitė (1979) concludes her project Unfinished Works, which she began three years ago. The project is a dedication to middle-aged Lithuanian artists who have gained recognition with their video works and installations, but due to the currently governing situation of the art market, have had to move away from interdisciplinary projects and have instead turned to painting and graphic art. In Barilaitė's view, this has brought them to a creative dead-end, preparing the ground for obscurity and doubt, and a pile of unfinished artworks. It should be pointed out that Barilaitė usually chooses herself as the central axis of her works, since she herself has spent several years now in the territory between painting and video art. When uncertainty swells like a painful tumor, all that's left to do is to create; Barilaitė's solo show combines several forms of expression, including painting.
The exhibition “Show It” is composed of four parts – “The Archive of Unfinished Works”, “What I Would Do, If I Did”, “Who Hasn’t Painted”, “Will / The Beginning of a Collection” and “Escape”. For the most part, the titles speak for themselves, referring to the common view among middle-aged Lithuanian artists that every artist has spent some time in their creative life making paintings, as well as the fact that the show is a special collection that unifies the artist's unfinished video works that she has made since 2005, which is when she got her first video camera.
Akram Zaatari “Composition for Two Wings” Center for Contemporary Art (CAC), Vilnius April 20 – May 20, 2012
The Center for Contemporary Art (CAC) in Vilnius is continuing to show “Composition for Two Wings”, the exhibition by the Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari (1966). (See here for previous coverage).Having come from the Oslo Artist House (Kunstnernes Hus), the exposition is composed of two parts: “Earth of Endless Secrets” and “The Uneasy Subject”. His childhood and teenage years were spent in Lebanon's southern city of Saida during the civil war; consequently, the safest place for him to be was his parent's flat. The closed environment, with only rare excursions to the outside world, became fertile ground for the development of his imagination. Zaatari acquired the habit of collecting of various testimonials that he had access to; whether they were photographs, written notes or recordings, in his hands they became self-made stories that illustrated what was going on around him. Today the artist lives in Lebanon's capital city of Beirut; he continues to reflect on the culture and political issues surrounding his homeland and tirelessly collects testimonials from people.