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Diana Radavičiūtė. Mano antroji pusė III. 2003, skaitmeninė spauda, veltinis, 155x102


The Boom of Graphic Art in Lithuania

by Jaan Elken

After visiting the triennial of Lithuanian graphic art (hosted by the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius on 15 May–15 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 Artist’s Book, was the image of cornucopia of ideas and hand made techniques.

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