4th Quadrennial of Contemporary Art

2019 04 12 — 2019 05 25
Author Echo Gone Wrong
Published in Events in Lithuania

kvadrienale_19_01Q19: Memorabilia. To inscribe into Memory
4/12/2019 – 5/25

Memory is both an archive of images and an act of remembering them. Collective memory is based on the emergence of myths in cultures of different nations. Various personal perceptions, memories, and experiences interact and constantly change in memory, so it is always in motion. It is a recreated and renewed medium and an artist and a perceiver in artistic practice are its bodies. The term memorabilia defines that which provides evidence or information about past events. It can be perceived as collection of certain objects in order to remember something. In the Q19 concept, memory functions as views revealing and conserving different past phenomena: contemporary art unfolds through various forms of memory that can be systematized both through personal meanings of memory and through the signs of collective memory.

The purpose of the quadrennial is to present the contemporary works of Lithuanian artists of the last four years, to increase awareness and accessibility, to mobilize and encourage professional artists and art historians for the development of Lithuanian culture, analysis of development tendencies, and cultivation of public conception of professional art.

The Q19 exhibitions in 8 galleries feature works of 128 artists. Separate collections are compiled for each exhibition space based on subthemes created by curators:

  1. Color-Light exhibition at the Artists’ Association’s Gallery, 4/12/2019 – 5/6

The exhibition is curated by art critic Rita Mikučionytė. She writes:

In my sight, there are memories and light. Light is color. While filling my color ‘portals’ and light capsule, I was thinking about real and supernatural light, about works drowning in the mist of sorrow and longing, sometimes ironic, sometimes historical and other times rhetorical… I was setting my own map of the exhibition images, trying to preserve the radiance and glow of nostalgic past events.

Participants: Aušra Andziulytė, Ričardas Bartkevičius, Ramūnas Čeponis, Kunigunda Dineikaitė, Gintaras Palemonas Janonis, Vidmantas Jusionis, Aistė Juškevičiūtė, Kristina Mažeikaitė, Rasa Noreikaitė-Miliūnienė, Saulius Rudzikas, Simonas Skrabulis, Gintautas Vaičys.

  1. Empty Medium exhibition at the Arka Gallery, 4/12/19 – 5/6

The exhibition is curated by art critic Evelina Januškaitė-Krupavičė. She writes:

In this exhibition, through reflective surfaces, recording or reflecting media and the ephemeral signs of decay, the narrative of reflection unfolds, creating an impression-based experience of memory’s temporality. The reflection here acts as a spontaneous repetition and similarity of the present. The reality – as well as the imago of the perceiver – is mimicked in the reflection and its recorded forms. A subject can experience his own imago only externally – in the mediums of fixed images (photographs, screens) and ephemeral reflections.

Participants: Patricija Gilytė, Eglė Karpavičiūtė, Vaiva Kovieraitė-Trumpė, Jolanta Kyzikaitė, Inga Likšaitė, Artūras Makštutis-Maksimilianas, Marija Marcelionytė-Paliukė, Živilė Minkutė, Vygintas Orlovas, Rodion Petroff, Eglė Pilkauskaitė, Julija Pociūtė, Petro Pyrohov, Vilma Šileikienė, Gintarė Stašaitytė, Valda Verikaitė.

  1. Myth – Reality – Oblivion exhibition at Pamėnkalnis Gallery, 4/12/19 – – 5/6

The exhibition is curated by art critic Nijolė Nevčesauskienė. She writes:

The themes of mythical-Christian narrative are most prominent in Pamėnkalnis Gallery exhibition. They were implemented differently by Sigita Maslauskaitė’s passionate Asmodeus character, sculptural Romualdas Inčirauskas’ biblical character Exodus and Andrius Zakarauskas painting Red Stroke that gives a sense to the effect of images on historical memory, symbolizing the already distant events of January 13th. Benas Alejūnas actualizes historical memory via painting using the topic of exile.

Participants: Sigita Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė, Andrius Zakarauskas, Robert Bluj, Rūta Eidukaitytė, Agnė Šemberaitė, Žygimantas Augustinas, Bronius Gražys, Mykolė Ganusauskaitė, Arvydas Brazdžiūnas-DUSĖ, Bena Alejūnas, Romualdas Inčirauskas, Nijolė Šaltenytė, Laura Šėrytė, Dainius Trumpis, Aušra Vaitkūnienė.

  1. Oblivion – Myth – Reality exhibition at St. John’s Street Gallery, 4/12/19 – 5/6

The exhibition is curated by art critic Nijolė Nevčesauskienė. She writes:

In the epicenter of works exhibited at the St. John’s Street Gallery, the most important screens of meaning are created by artists, which can be described as the concentration of multidimensional ideas reflecting a person who thinks about the meaning of existence and unfolding with unusual creative trajectories.

Participants: Pranas Griušys, Jurgita Erminaitė-Šimkuvienė, Arūnas Kulikauskas, Kazimieras Brazdžiūnas, Evaldas Grinius, Ramūnas Grikevičius, Kristina Kurilionok, Audronė  Andrulevičienė, Eugenijus Nalevaika, Žydrė Ridulytė, Laisvydė Šalčiūtė, Augustas Bidlauskas, Arūnas Daugėla, Živilė Jasutytė, Vytautas Žirgulis.

Other Q19 exhibitions will take place:

  1. Klaipėda Culture Communication Center (Didžioji vandens g. 2, Klaipėda) 4/12/19 – 5/12
  2. LDS Meno parko Gallery (Rotušės a. 27, Kaunas) 4/24/19 – 5/18
  3. LDS Galerija XX (Laisvės a. 7, Panevėžys) 4/29/19 – 5/16
  4. LDS Vilnius graphic arts center-gallery Kairė-dešinė (Latako g. 3, Vilnius) 4/30/19 – 5/25

Q19 organizer: Lithuanian Artists’ Association.

Partners: Artists’ Association’s Gallery, Vilnius graphic arts center, St. John’s Street gallery, Arka Gallery, Klaipėda Gallery, Meno parkas, Galerija XX, Klaipėda Culture Communication Center.

Curators:  Rita Mikučionytė, Nijolė Nevčesauskienė, Evelina Januškaitė-Krupavičė.

Sponsors: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture, 7 meno dienos, M-puslapiai, bernardinai.lt, Crustum, Kalba plytos.

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