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Vilnius in Warsaw,
an exhibition of Lithuanian contemporary art, opening on April 22 in
the Polish capital, is a part of the international exchange programme
Vilnius in Warsaw, Warsaw in Vilnius. The Lithuanian exhibition
features painting, graphic art and sculpture by 59 different artists.
This collection of 104 works an attempt to give a glimpse of a varied
panorama of artistic developments in contemporary Lithuania.
The last decade in the Lithuanian art was marked by an accelerated change
of artistic ideas, criteria and forms of expression. The concept of
genres and their boundaries has undergone a radical transformation.
It has been a decade that saw in Lithuania to emerge a unique understanding
of contemporary art and to yield new for the local stage phenomena -
the object art, installation, audio and video-experiments. Therefore
the art created in Lithuania today encompasses both traditional (in
the sense of genre, media and other) and new trends.
In the collection of 53 paintings by 30 artists, presented to the viewer
in Warsaw, Lithuanian painters emerge as skilled colourists, firmly
rooted in the national tradition. The expressiveness of colour in unison
with the brushwork has been and remains a trademark of Lithuanian painting.
Several generations of Lithuanian painters have created their personal
styles within this tradition. It is also true that in the last decade,
this trend had been enriched by new artistic discoveries and expanding
The largest number of artists in Lithuania has chosen graphic art as
means of expression. These strong forces are also represented in Warsaw:
the exhibition includes 32 graphic works by 17 authors. Their prints
manifest the tendency both to preserve and renew the national tradition
in the light of new concepts of art and new technologies. Over the last
few years, prints by Lithuanian artist have been becoming more conceptual.
The contemporary Lithuanian sculpture is represented at the exhibition
by 12 artists, showcasing 24 pieces. Sculpture is just a part of the
contemporary artistic process. Political and economic situation in Lithuania
has not been conducive to the development of sculpture, therefore traditional
sculpture has not experienced any radical transformations. Small-scale
pieces, usually created for enclosed gallery and exhibition spaces,
reflect the attempts by the artists to refine ones individual
style by exploiting the qualities of material and seeking more skilful
mastery of shapes and forms.