Photo reportage from the exhibition ‘Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond’ at the National Gallery of Art, Vilnius

Exhibition view, 'Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond’ at the National Gallery of Art, Vilnius

Exhibition view, ‘Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond’, National Gallery of Art, 2017, Vilnius

The exhibition Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond is a showcase for art and scientific research which reflects the city not solely as a man-made creation, but rather as an ecosystem where human activity is in a constant interplay with processes of both an animate and inanimate nature. One of the key elements of the show is an attempt to look closer at Vilnius, the city hosting the exhibition, in an attempt to perceive it not as a closed unit, but as a formation existing in the broader contexts of nature and culture, time and space.

The two-part exhibition will present five new works by Lithuanian and foreign artists, made in collaboration with scientists, in the search for parallels between the city and an anthill, offering a glimpse at the city from the perspective of a bat, viewing robots as members of society, reflecting post-traumatic healing processes common to the community and the individual physical body, and trying to imagine gardening in a cosmic city. Alongside the new works, there will be a display of scientific research spanning recent decades, where issues of urban nature are examined by historians, paleoanthroplogists, archaeologists, botanists, meteorologists and specialists in other fields. Their research will be presented in an accessible and creative form.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an extended educational programme: no less than five seminars and workshops are intended for 2016 and 2017. They will be hosted by the artists and scientists taking part in the project. Some of the workshops and seminars will merge with the creative process, and the ideas generated or the products made will be incorporated into the exhibition.

Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond
Duration: 2017 02 03  – 2017 03 19

Participants: Kader Attia, Julius von Bismarck, Pakui Hardware (Neringa Černiauskaitė & Ugnius Gelguda), Kuai Shen, Julijonas Urbonas, Rimantas Jankauskas, Šarūnas Jatautis and Ieva Mitokaitė, Iwona Janicka, Vida Motiekaitytė, Egidijus Rimkus, Dovilė Keršytė and Justas Kažys, Oksana Valionienė, Aistis Žalnora

Curators: Vytenis Burokas, Vitalij Červiakov, Eglė Mikalajūnė, Eglė Nedzinskaitė
Organiser: National Gallery of Art, Lithuanian Art Museum

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Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017, Steel, Courtesy of the artist

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Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017, Steel, Courtesy of the artist

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Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017, Steel, Courtesy of the artist

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Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017, Steel, Courtesy of the artist

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017, Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017, Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017, Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017, Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017, Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017, Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists

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Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017, Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artists

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Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions, Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

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Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions, Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

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Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions, Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

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Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions, Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

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Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions, Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

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Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions, Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

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Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions, Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

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Dovilė Keršytė, Egidijus Rimkus, Justas Kažys. Near-Term and Long-Term Climate Projections for Lithuania Geologija. Geografija, 2015, No. 1

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Dovilė Keršytė, Egidijus Rimkus, Justas Kažys. Near-Term and Long-Term Climate Projections for Lithuania Geologija. Geografija, 2015, No. 1

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Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017, Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs. Courtesy of the artist

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Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017, Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs. Courtesy of the artist

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Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017, Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs. Courtesy of the artist

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Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017, Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs. Courtesy of the artist

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Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017, Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs. Courtesy of the artist

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Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017, Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs. Courtesy of the artist

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Kader Attia, Reflecting Memory, 2016, HD video, 48 min. Courtesy of the artist

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Kader Attia, Reflecting Memory, 2016, HD video, 48 min. Courtesy of the artist

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Kader Attia, Reflecting Memory, 2016, HD video, 48 min. Courtesy of the artist

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Julijonas Urbonas, Airtime, 2017, Electromechanics, hydraulics, electronics, EPDM rubber. Courtesy of the artist

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Julijonas Urbonas, Airtime, 2017, Electromechanics, hydraulics, electronics, EPDM rubber. Courtesy of the artist

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Julijonas Urbonas, Airtime, 2017, Electromechanics, hydraulics, electronics, EPDM rubber. Courtesy of the artist

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Exhibition view, ‘Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond’, National Gallery of Art, 2017, Vilnius

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Šarūnas Jatautis, Rimantas Jankauskas, Ieva Mitokaitė, Traumas of Vilnius Adult Males and Females in the 16th-17th Centuries: Implications on Gender and Life Style, Papers on Anthropology XIX, 2010

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Oksana Valionienė, The Spatial Structure of Vilnius in the Middle Ages, Lithuanian Institute of History, University of Klaipėda, 2015

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Oksana Valionienė, The Spatial Structure of Vilnius in the Middle Ages, Lithuanian Institute of History, University of Klaipėda, 2015

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Šarūnas Jatautis, Rimantas Jankauskas, Ieva Mitokaitė, Traumas of Vilnius Adult Males and Females in the 16th-17th Centuries: Implications on Gender and Life Style, Papers on Anthropology XIX, 2010

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Marceli Januszewicz, Jews at Home, first half of the 19th century, Ink on paper, Lithuanian Art Museum

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Iwona Janicka, Vilnius‘ Hygiene Culture, 1795–1915, Gdansk University, 2009

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Unknown photographer, Consecration of Vilnius Water Supply System. 1919-1930, Silver print, Lithuanian Art Museum

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Exhibition view, ‘Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond’, National Gallery of Art, 2017, Vilnius

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Exhibition view, ‘Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond’, National Gallery of Art, 2017, Vilnius

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Aistis Žalnora, Development of Public Health Science at the Stephen Bathory University and Public Health Conditions in the Vilnius Province in the Years of 1919-1939, Vilnius University, 2015

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Aistis Žalnora, Development of Public Health Science at the Stephen Bathory University and Public Health Conditions in the Vilnius Province in the Years of 1919-1939, Vilnius University, 2015

Photography: Artnews.lt, Vitalij Červiakov, Daumantas Plechavičius and Aistė Valiūtė, Andrej Vasilenko

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February 20, 2017
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