art 2004/1

Aušra Barzdukaitė-Vaitkūnienė. Parduotuvė Šančiuose. Diena. 2002, drobė, aliejus, 90x120

Danguolė Dauknytė. Geltonas lietus. 2001, sp. linoraižinys, 50x70

Danguolė Dauknytė. Mėlynas lietus. 2002, sp. linoraižinys, 50x60

Gediminas Piekuras. Vanduo. 2000, bronza, marmuras, h 28

Vilnius in Warsaw

by Danutė Zovienė

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 stylistic boundaries.
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 one’s individual style by exploiting the qualities of material and seeking more skilful mastery of shapes and forms.