art 2002/1

Arvydas Žalpys. Nesibaigianti tema.
Popierius, 75 x 40 x 45, 2001

Ilse Hilpert (Vokietija). Suvaržytas-supaprastintas-perdarytas
Mišri technika, 28 x 24 x 15, 2001

Mysterium Magnum

The international 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 2001–30 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 new experience.

Linara Dovydaitytė: 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 fashion.
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.