Diana Radavičiūtė. Mano antroji pusė III.
2003, skaitmeninė spauda, veltinis, 155x102
of Graphic Art in Lithuania
by Jaan Elken
visiting the triennial of Lithuanian graphic art (hosted by the Contemporary
Art Centre in Vilnius on 15 May15 June) painter and chairman of
the Estonian Artists Union Jaan Elken has shared his impressions
in Estonian press.
The chairmen of different European countries artists organizations
(in Vilnius for the concurrent AIAP congress) could not believe this
was not a selected international exhibition, but a panorama of graphic
works created in Lithuania over the last three years (the show curated
by Nijolė Šaltenytė). While in Estonia graphic art is
almost dying out, in Lithuania, we could see the developments of incredible
scale taking place. The processes of revitalization were obvious in
the formats (overwhelming) of the works and untraditional materials,
yet megalomania and all possible techniques that dominated the exhibition
did not phase out all the valuable, archaic and intimate things that
had been synonymous with Lithuanian graphic art until now. A successful
austere design (no frames, the prints were protected by sandwiching
them by huge window panes) was like a separate theme in the exhibition.
The accompanying projects, the section of Artists Book, was the
image of cornucopia of ideas and hand made techniques.