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Vitrum Balticum II
artistic glass exhibition Vitrum Balticum II, launched on October 11-November
15 in Kaunas, featured Estonian, Latvian, American and Lithuanian artists
working in glass. The project followed the Vitrum Balticum I of the
year 2000, the first event in the country of this type. This year a
catalogue of the exhibition was published, also the first one in Lithuania,
showing the art of glass.
The exhibition was looking at bringing together the artists working
in this medium and providing impetus to this branch of art.
World experience demonstrates that specialized exhibitions have remained
a unique forum to present one particular branch of art and its thematic,
formal and technical potential. This is especially true of applied arts,
where the form and the idea of a work largely depend on technology.
On the other hand, there is prominent Western art tendency for pieces
in glass to gradually loose their utilitarian and functional nature.
Instead, formal, plastic and symbolic qualities are emphasized.
This year Vitrum Balticum showcased only the work of the artists who
work exclusively in glass. In the future it could include artists who
use glass for the sake of expressiveness in combination with other materials,
quite a popular practice today in Lithuania.
The project invites artists from all three Baltic countries. Of the
three, Estonia has the oldest and the best-established traditions of
working in glass. Their work has always been modern. Today it demonstrates
a prominent tendency towards conceptualism. Latvian artists have presented
pieces of complex plastic form and of sophisticated technology. In the
1990s glass artists in the three countries have discovered and mastered
numerous techniques in addition to glass blowing. Experiments in the
field of glass technologies have also brought to Lithuania the guest
of the exhibition, American Mark Eckstrand, who on his previous visit
provided consultations for establishing a private glass studio in Lithuania.
Albinas Elskus, an internationally known Lithuanian ex-patriot has donated
his works, showcased at Vitrum Balticum, to the National M.K.Čiurlionis
All generations of Lithuanian glass artists have been covered by the
The event has demonstrated the expanded spectrum of styles and interpretation
in glass art. It is the result of the dominant sculptural tendency and
a combination of different types of glass and technologies.