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Lietuvos dailininkų sąjungos kolekcija „Dailininkai – Nacionalinių kultūros ir meno premijų laureatai“. Pirmame plane – Gediminas Karalius. Žirgas. 1974–1998, bronza, h 50

Galerijos „Meno parkas“ salė

Klaipėdos galerijos projektas

Meninė akcija Platforma: aukštas Nr. 0. Vilius Vanagas, Julija Čistiakova, Agilė Mažonaitė
2003 m. lapkričio 11 d. Austrijos sostinės menininkų namuose dailininkui ir fotografui Vidmantui Ilčiukui buvo įteiktas bendrovės „Henkel Central and Eastern Europe" įsteigtas 2003 m. „Henkel" meno prizas. Šis prizas įsteigtas siekiant prisidėti prie spartesnės Vidurio ir Rytų Europos regionų integracijos į ES.
Kūrinius konkursui pateikė daugiau kaip 500 autorių iš 16 šalių. Į pagrindinį prizą pretendavo 179 menininkai, tačiau žiuri išskyrė V. Ilčiuko darbus. „Kultur Kontakt" direktorius Kurtas Wagneris akcentavo, kad jo kūriniai yra individualūs, daugiasluoksniai, juose meistriškai susijungia kūrybinis pradas ir technologinė meistrystė.

Vidmantas Ilčiukas. Iš ciklo Diena. 2. 2000

Vidmantas Ilčiukas. Iš ciklo Virtuali diena. 57. 2003

The Biggest Gallery in the New Municipality Building

by Danutė Zovienė

On February 16-22, the new high-rise municipality building was converted into a huge gallery. It took half a year and quite a large group of organizers to put together the project, unprecedented in Lithuanian in its panoramic scale: 26 art galleries from Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda and Palanga, and the Vilnius Art Academy were gathered under one roof to feature 1617 works by 306 artists.
With the goal of introducing the new municipality building to the public through art, the project combined features of exhibition and an art fair. Each of the galleries did their best to capture attention of the visitors. Compared to a similar exhibition in 1997 hosted by the Contemporary Art Centre, Lithuanian Art 1997: Presented by the Galleries, this event revealed some shifts that have taken place in the map of Lithuanian galleries, whether private or organization owned. Some of them remained in the leaders position, like the Vartai Gallery, others, like the Kauno Langas, have given up some of their strong positions. There are some new ones, like the Dalia Gallery in Vilnius that have managed in a short time to attract very famous names of Lithuanian art scene. Yet most of the galleries, no matter how they are doing in overall, have put together conceptual projects and made use of the opportunities provided by a modern and spacious building. The Lithuanian Artists’ Association featured the work of the artists-recipients of the National Culture and Art Premium, the highest award by the state for artistic achievement. In 1990-2003, 28 Lithuanian artists received the award. It was a very proper place and date (the exhibition opened on February 16, the Independence Day) to present a gallery of the works by the national laureates.
Of other projects launched concurrently under the same roof, one by the critic Raminta Jurėnaitė is worth mentioning. She selected ten artists who, in her eyes, were capable of a dialogue with new architecture and creating a magic field in huge spaces.
The event has received unprecedented attention from the audience, which was much more diverse than is routine artists’ entourage.
A museum of modern art (or a national gallery of modern art) is expected to open its door in 2007 next to the new municipality quarters.