101.3 KM


“101.3 KM: competition and cooperation” is the latest in a 10 year long series of exhibitions reviewing Lithuanian contemporary presented by the Contemporary Art Centre.

The title of the 2006 exhibition 101.3 KM: competition and cooperation expresses both the distance (door-to-door) between the collaborating institutions in Vilnius and Kaunas and the exhibition’s principal theme.

The exhibition will be presented simultaneously in Vilnius and Kaunas and at three venues; the CAC in Vilnius, Kaunas Picture Gallery and the Meno Parkas gallery – as well as in public spaces in both cities. More than 50 artists from both cities will take part in the show. A number of works have been commissioned that are addressed to the different cultural context of the cities, questioning their image and stereotyping.

Following the principle of ‘competition’ the Kaunas artists’ projects will be shown in Vilnius and vice versa as the two cities possess different and distinctive artistic traditions. Bringing together artists of different generations working with different media 101.3 KM seeks to produce unexpected relations, conceptual contradictions, and provocations, also to search for new forms of competition and cooperation.

As I had opportunity to visit only exhibition in Vilnius I’ll write my comments on objects that I think are most worth to write about. Of course it is my subjective opinion.

The First exhibit which I really liked much is by Kaunas born artists Zilvinas Landzbergas called “Night Shift”. It’s tiny but quite detailed architectual model of a real store of sixties or seventies. It looks like a mirror of nowadays “fast building” fever. The buildings purpose, location and natural aclectic of styles and decorations shows about social and economical mutations, which are strongly impact us. And it also looks fragile also.

The next object which is also quite minimal is by Loreta Svaikauskiene – the artist from Kaunas – called “For Vencian Lover” from her project “Intervention”. Loreta says that her main principles of creativity are irony, simulation and paraphrase. She uses different fabrics in her works which helps her better simulate todays culture of remakes and virtual reality.

Robertas Antinis instalation “Antropological Caves” looks quite strange. Don’t really know I like these water cubes, but still they make special atmosphere. The author is one of the most famous sculptors in Lithunia, who made lots of nice works in public spaces.

Find a red light inside this specialy made hole in one of the walls of CAC. Why not to try? Also by Robertas Antinis. This one I like.

Impresive, playfull, eclectic artworks by Ligita Marcinkeviciute were quite lovely too. Pencil, needle, thread and everything what you can use from around.

Black and white pictures but with colourful moments. Very fragile and sensitive. Simple lovely pics by Egle Rakauskaite and her father Romualdas Rakauskas.

Stamp it! Don’t really know how many but lots of different stamp forms were conected to bright and long table. Kestutis Grigaliunas was the one who invite us to play on his table with stamps.

The first stamps he remembers were stamps with pioneer girl and boy from DDR in his early childhood and now he has amazing collection which share with us. Take it. Stamp it.

“Liquid Space” or you could rename it “Liquid Cube” by videoartist Saulius Paliukas. Quite a common technique for this artist. Live painting. Looks nice.

Walking. Walking in lying position. Videofilm started as a performance in Kaunas town hall by Aleksas Andriuskevicius called “Journey”. Quite simple way of “frightening” or make happy people. Try it yourself. It should work.

This picture from Gintaras Cesonis collection “Through Freedom”. It’s 100% Kaunas. Girls with short skirts are always walking down the Freedom avenue in Kaunas. No matter is it Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winder. You can alway see theam in short skirts. It’s so kichy but it’s part of Kaunas social and cultural life. Freedom avenue is always like a catwalk. Everyday and espesially on weekend. In background you can see wonderful Kaunas central post office. Lots of these rounded corner style buildings in this town. Love them. And big applause to Gintaras picture – that’s my favourite in the exibition.

101.3 KM: competition and cooperation
A Kaunas and Vilnius artists’ exhibition
Exhibition venues and dates:
15th September – 15th October 2006, Kaunas Picture Gallery and Meno parkas
8th September – 29th October 2006, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Organiser: Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
in cooperation with National Museum of M. K. _iurlionis, Kaunas
Curators: Linara Dovydaityte, Kestutis Kuizinas

Text and photos: Emanuelis Ryklys from RUT RUT

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