exhibition Mysterium Magnum (curator Rasa Andriušytė), featuring
31 artists from Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Norway and France
was first hosted by the Artists Association Kaunas Gallery (2112
200130 01 2002), later moved to Kėdainiai, the Town Hall
Museum. A catalogue
of the exhibition was also published. It was the first project of this
type launched by Kaunas Gallery. Kristina Budrytė
and Linara Dovydaitytė share their thoughts of the
Selection of works and artists in curated exhibitions mostly depend
on the will of curator. In Mysterium Magnum these two players switched
over their roles, as this exhibition was
organized on a democratic principle and directly depended on the artists
initiative. The exhibition
succeeded in presented a wide spectrum of perspectives on the history
of art, the suggested theme of the exhibition. With the roles of artist
and art historian fused into one, the theme provoked reflection and
intuition, encouraging a fresh perspective on the history of art, which
this event transformed
into a kind of mystery.
Linara Dovydaitytė: The idea of the exhibition was presented
like a challenging question. Numerous
answers, referring to the concrete 20th c. work or using
the ammunition of diverse trends of the last century, are a manifestation
of the Modernist art influences on different artists work.
Kristina Budrytė: This conceptual exhibition seems to have
something of the Renaissance thinking: the subject remains sufficiently
important: the artist keeps his turf even if its marginal, his message
reaches us unrestrained.
Linara Dovydaitytė: Though the work featured uses more traditional
mediums (painting, graphic art, sculpture), shunning trendy video or
photography, some of the artists also applied cinematographic or fragmentation
principles successfully demonstrating independence of good art from
Kristina Budrytė: Dialogue with the art of the past was
just one of the aspects in the exhibition, the artists were also invited
to contemplate the time and social life of the last century.
Linara Dovydaitytė: The artists refused shaping any picture
of social, political or mundane world of the 20th c.: they found historical
lessons less interesting than aesthetic ones.