Museum of Applied Art and Design in Vilnius
The idea of the 16th International Vilnius Painting Triennial ‘Nomadic Images’ is based on a strategy of wandering in different territories, without priorities or a uniform plan, observing, comparing, evaluating, but not conquering. When travelling, combinations of seen objects and experiences form in an accidental and unregulated order, and bring back forgotten memories, which summon new combinations. This provision of the organisers is closely related to the wandering world vision articulated by the contemporary thinkers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, in which reality is constantly changing, and is described using notions of the rhizome and the labyrinth. Nomadic space is understood as a decentralised expansion of territory, an arena for unprogrammed processes, accidents, spontaneity and incompleteness. In adapting these ideas to the field of contemporary painting, we can understand the forms of expression as a potential infinity that can take various configurations, grow freely, and develop in any direction. A conceptual approach towards the triennial’s content allows us to avoid a horizontal view of the field of painting, like an overview, and gives it an intellectual dynamic. Innovation in painting, and changes in the forms of representation, format and materials, are emphasised, together with connections with other media and other fields of art.
The 2016 Triennial consists of two separate but complementary parts, united by a shared concept.
INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY PAINTING EXHIBITION
The first part is the curated exhibition, where invited artists from Lithuania and other European countries are presented: Alma Heikkilä (FI), Andris Vītoliņš (LV), Bronius Gražys (LT), David Schnell (DE), Eberhard Havekost (DE), Ewa Juszkiewicz (PL), Gintaras Palemonas Janonis (LT), Jan Poupě (CZ), Jens Fänge (SE), Jolanta Kyzikaitė (LT), Jonas Gasiūnas (LT), Jonas Jurcikas (LT), Kristaps Ģelzis (LV), Kristi Kongi (EE), Konstantinas Gaitanži (LT), Laisvydė Šalčiūtė (LT), Linas Jusionis (LT), Markus Åkesson (SE), Merike Estna (EE), Mihkel Ilus (EE), Mircea Suciu (RO), Mykola Belous (UA), Pieter Vermeersch (BE), Ragna Bley (NO), Rafał Bujnowski (PL), Ramūnas Čeponis (LT), Tomek Baran (PL), Žygimantas Augustinas (LT).
The works will be shown in a structure like a labyrinth, proposing infinite possible associative combinations and ways of seeing the European painting scene. The exhibition will show from 24 November to 31 December in the Museum of Applied Art and Design in Vilnius (Arsenalo 3A). It is curated by Linas Liandzbergis.
A satellite project of the curated exhibition is an exhibition of work by the Ukrainian painter Rustam Mirzoev ‘Almost Reality’, which will be shown in the ‘Cechas Vilnius’ gallery (Vytenio 6, Vilnius) from 25 November to 31 December.
LITHUANIAN CONTEMPORARY PAINTING EXHIBITION
The second part of the Triennial is an exhibition of work by Lithuanian artists. Seventy-three professional artists and art students entered the competition for this exhibition, submitting works created over the last three years. Twenty-nine were chosen by the competition jury, and they will be shown at the Kaunas Picture Gallery (K. Donelaičio 16, Kaunas) from 1 December to 31 December. Three artists will be awarded valuable prizes. The participants in the exhibition: Aistė Kirvelytė, Indrė Ercmonaitė, Kęstutis Grigaliūnas, Marta Vosyliūtė, Andrius Zakarauskas, Eglė Ulčickaitė, Eglė Karpavičiūtė, Kęstutis Lupeikis, Ričardas Bartkevičius, Auris Radzevičius, Arūnė Tornau, Aušra Andziulytė, Dainius Trumpis, Darius Jarusevičius, Laura Slavinskaitė, Romualdas Balinskas, Simona Lukoševičiūtė, Vidmantas Jusionis, Antanas Obcarskas, Irma Leščinskaitė, Ramūnas Grikevičius, Algis Griškevičius, Miglė Kosinskaitė, Linas Gelumbauskas, Kunigunda Dineikaitė, Mykolė Ganusauskaitė, Simonas Kuliešis, Vidmantas Zarėka, Kristina Ališauskaitė.
The selection jury: Arvydas Šaltenis (painter, professor), Milda Žvirblytė (art historian, curator), Aistė Paulina Virbickaitė (art historian, art critic), Eglė Gineitytė (painter).
Organiser – Lithuanian Artists’ Association
Triennial artistic director – Linas Liandzbergis
Triennial exhibition architect – Darius Baliukevičius
Triennial graphic designer – Laura Grigaliūnaitė
Sponsors: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, ‘Lewben Art Foundation’, Royal Norwegian Embassy
Partners: Lithuanian Art Museum, M.K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Municipality of Kaunas city, Estonian Embassy, Polish Cultural Institute, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Vilnius, ‘Cechas Vilnius’ gallery
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