Collection of the Lithuanian Artist´s Association” VILNIUS

Freundeskreis Art Linz 2009 GesbR im Rahmen des Projektes: „Vice-Versa ART Linz – Vilnius 2009″ “Collection of the Lithuanian Artist´s Association”

VILNIUS70: PAINTING, GRAPHICS, SCULPTURE

The Lithuanian Artists’ Association successfully continues the tradition of mobile exhibitions originating from 2003. The first collection of paintings containing 104 works of painting, graphics and sculpture by 59 authors travelled all over Poland, Russia and Hungary. The Lithuanian works exhibited in Warsaw, Konigsberg and Budapest received much interest on behalf of foreign spectators. The second mobile exhibition of the LAA will travel Finland, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine. On 27 February 2007 this collection of Lithuanian art was first demonstrated in Jugendsali Gallery in Helsinki.

The second mobile exhibition of the LAA will present creative work of 70 artists of different generations represented in 70 pieces of art. The exposition is dominated by works of various styles. The majority of them are created within the last three years. They reflect pluralism of ideas and expression means prevailing in the modern Lithuanian art and a wide range of modernism trends. On the one hand, the number of exhibition participants – 37 painters, 25 graphic artists and 8 sculptors – partially illustrates the proportions of artists in the LAA as the most numerous is the painting section. On the other hand, the symbolic meaning of the number seventy is also to be linked with the maturity of creative work in general and the average age of the exhibition participants approaching this “anniversary”.

The collection of 34 paintings is still marked with the concept of the Lithuanian painting art formed by the Paris school in the first half of the 20th century. The bright colours, generalised form, focus on expressive strokes and texture still interest many of our painters. However the main stylistic groups differ in selection of themes and motives, peculiar attitude to various modernism traditions. Original interpretation of folk art is what marks the works by the winner of the Lithuanian National Culture and Arts Prize Augustinas Savickas and Rimas Zigmas Bičiūnas. Paintings by Bronius Gražis, Gintaras Palemonas Janonis, Ričardas Bartkevičius, Aušra Barzdukaitė-Vaitkūnienė focus on mythologisation of the plot, dramatic or ironic implications. Transformations of nature motives are characteristic of the works by Gražina Janina Vitartaitė, Andrius Giedrius Giedrimas, Jonas Daniliauskas and Solomonas Teitelbaumas. Trends of abstract painting are originally developed by Ramūnas Čeponis, Irma Leščinskaitė, Violeta Juodzevičienė, Gintautas Vaičys. We can view different aspects of expressive painting in creative work of Romualdas Balinskas, Marijus Piekuras, Arvydas Baltrūnas, Raimondas Savickas, Algimantas Biguzas, Viktoras Šocikas, Jolanta Teišerskytė-Stoškienė. Focus on the drawing and symbolic details are typical for works by Vidmantas Jusionis and Živilė Jasutytė. Assemblages by the winner of the Lithuanian National Culture and Arts Prize Valentinas Antanavičius are marked by original social interpretation of the surreal image.

The collection of 28 graphic works is characterised not only by stylistic but also technique diversity. Lithuanian graphic artists skilfully using classical metal techniques (etching, aquatint, mezzotint, soft lacquer, dry-point) create unique images. Nijolė Šaltenytė, Egidijus Rudinskas, Elvyra Katalina Kriaučiūnaitė, Tatjana Diščenko convey an associative, multi-plane space highlighting it by a detail meaningful with its subtle shades and minute strokes. Birutė Zokaitytė and Eglė Kuckaitė create post-modernist stories full of signs. The winner of the Government Prize Adasa Skliutauskaitė and Birutė Stančikaitė using the lithography technique more rare in Lithuania reveal various statuses of emotions dictated by nature impressions. The technique of coloured wood carving used to create a rhythmical structure of images marks the works by Vida Jovaišienė, Jolanta Sereikaitė, Vladas Lisaitis. Original prints are created by Jūratė Rekevičiūtė using prints of worn clothes and relief printing. Nijolė Vilutienė, Roberta Vaigeltaitė, Danguolė Dauknytė making use of different techniques underline the painting trend that enhances the feeling of space and rhythm conveyed through colour. Bright colours also mark jolly serigraphy works by Laisvydė Šalčiūtė, Kęstutis Grigaliūnas with segment composition. Conceptuality is a feature of digital prints by Saulius Valius.

The collection of 8 sculptures demonstrates modern trends in the Lithuanian small plastic art. Sculptures made from bronze, stone and wood show various art traditions of the 20th century. In works by Alfonsas Vincentas Ambraziūnas, Tamara Janova and Stasys Juraška much attention is given to the human figure and its transformations. Sculptures by Antanas Žukauskas and Vaclovas Krutinis create a field of associations of abstract shapes focusing on the rhythm, silhouette and texture of the work. Works by Arvydas Ališanka, Gediminas Piekuras and Algimantas Šlapikas are outstanding for their conceptuality and ironic variations of the idea of a thing.

The second mobile exhibition of the LAA gives an opportunity not only to present the latest works by Lithuanian artists but also have a look at trends of the Lithuanian art in the context of foreign arts. This is a great opportunity to search for parallels in creative processes and speak about the unique culture of every country.

Art critic Rita Mikučionytė

Valentinas Antanavicius
Arvydas Baltrunas
Romualdas Balinskas
Ricardas Bartkevicius
Aušra Barzdukaite Vaitkuniene
Rimas Zigmas Biciunas
Algimantas Biguzas
Ramunas Ceponis
Jonas Daniliauskas
Andrius Giedrius Giedrimas
Bronius Gražys
Gintaras Palemonas Janonis
Živile Jasutyte
Violeta Juodzeviciene
Vidmantas Jusionis
Irma Lešcinskaite
Marijus Piekuras
Augustinas Savickas
Viktoras Šocikas
Jolanta Teišerskyte Stoškiene
Gintautas Vaicys
Gražina Janina Vitartaite
Danguole Dauknyte
Tatjana Dišcenko
Kestutis Grigaliunas
Vida Janina Jovaišiene
Elvyra Katalina Kriauciunaite
Egle Kuckaite
Vladas Lisaitis
Jurate Rekeviciute
Egidijus Rudinskas
Jolanta Sereikaite
Adasa Skliutauskaite
Birute Stancikaite
Laisvyde Šalciute
Nijole Šaltenyte
Roberta Vaigeltaite
Saulius Valius
Nijole Vilutiene
Birute Zokaityte
Arvydas Ališanka
Alfonsas Vincentas Ambraziunas
Tamara Janova
Stasys Juraška
Vaclovas Krutinis
Gediminas Piekuras
Algimantas Šlapikas
Antanas Žukauskas
Valentinas Antanavicius
Arvydas Baltrunas
Romualdas Balinskas
Ricardas Bartkevicius
Aušra Barzdukaite Vaitkuniene
Rimas Zigmas Biciunas
Algimantas Biguzas
Ramunas Ceponis
Jonas Daniliauskas
Andrius Giedrius Giedrimas
Bronius Gražys
Gintaras Palemonas Janonis
Živile Jasutyte
Violeta Juodzeviciene
Vidmantas Jusionis
Irma Lešcinskaite
Marijus Piekuras
Augustinas Savickas
Viktoras Šocikas

Jolanta Teišerskyte Stoškiene
Gintautas Vaicys
Gražina Janina Vitartaite
Danguole Dauknyte
Tatjana Dišcenko
Kestutis Grigaliunas
Vida Janina Jovaišiene
Elvyra Katalina Kriauciunaite
Egle Kuckaite
Vladas Lisaitis
Jurate Rekeviciute
Egidijus Rudinskas
Jolanta Sereikaite
Adasa Skliutauskaite
Birute Stancikaite
Laisvyde Šalciute
Nijole Šaltenyte
Roberta Vaigeltaite
Saulius Valius
Nijole Vilutiene
Birute Zokaityte
Arvydas Ališanka
Alfonsas Vincentas Ambraziunas
Tamara Janova
Stasys Juraška
Vaclovas Krutinis
Gediminas Piekuras
Algimantas Šlapikas
Antanas Žukauskas
Valentinas Antanavicius
Arvydas Baltrunas
Romualdas Balinskas
Ricardas Bartkevicius
Aušra Barzdukaite Vaitkuniene
Rimas Zigmas Biciunas
Algimantas Biguzas
Ramunas Ceponis
Jonas Daniliauskas
Andrius Giedrius Giedrimas
Bronius Gražys
Gintaras Palemonas Janonis
Živile Jasutyte
Violeta Juodzeviciene
Vidmantas Jusionis
Irma Lešcinskaite
Marijus Piekuras
Augustinas Savickas
Viktoras Šocikas
Jolanta Teišerskyte Stoškiene
Gintautas Vaicys
Gražina Janina Vitartaite
Danguole Dauknyte
Tatjana Dišcenko
Kestutis Grigaliunas
Vida Janina Jovaišiene
Elvyra Katalina Kriauciunaite
Egle Kuckaite
Vladas Lisaitis
Jurate Rekeviciute
Egidijus Rudinskas
Jolanta Sereikaite
Adasa Skliutauskaite
Birute Stancikaite
Laisvyde Šalciute
Nijole Šaltenyte
Roberta Vaigeltaite
Saulius Valius
Nijole Vilutiene
Birute Zokaityte
Arvydas Ališanka
Alfonsas Vincentas Ambraziunas
Tamara Janova
Stasys Juraška
Vaclovas Krutinis
Gediminas Piekuras
Algimantas Šlapikas
Antanas Žukauskas