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Lietuvos ambasadorë UNESCO Ina Marèiulionytë

Þibuntas Mikðys

Susanne Egle

Paris – Vilnius  

by Danutë Zovienë

Although midsummer is not the ideal time to feel the exhibition pulse of Paris, two month of thorough everyday work at the capital of museums provided a wealth of impressions and insights. The fact that some of the venues were closed for summer holidays was recompensed by the ideal location of the studio at the Cité International des Arts, within walking distance to many museums, galleries and charming spots of Paris. (One should also mention the very inspiring interaction with the Cité’s resident artists).
 The grand museums of Paris are busy winter or summer. All of them constantly put on temporary exhibitions in line with museum’s type and the period. Thus, during the Polish Season (May-December, 2004), different Polish art was on display in a number of appropriate venues (Jozef Mehoffer, at Musée d’Orsay, a collection of the 19-20th century Polish art was on at the Centre Pompidou, etc.) The young Polish artists were showcased at numerous galleries, concert and theatre halls. Meanwhile, the commercial galleries (like these on Place des Vosges) keep on with their work – they look for prospective art buyers for their artists, and they do not do this free. The memorial museums and private funds offer some interesting mergers of old and young art (like paintings by Francis Bacon at Musée Maillol, the Foundation of Dina Vierny or a piece by the contemporary German artist Annett Messager at Musée Cluny.) On the other hand, such events like ‘a pastry’ show Pain Couture by Jean Gautier at the Cartier Modern Art Centre offers plentiful evidence that Paris knows no limits to fantasy. In general, Paris museums are anything but the ‘temples of art’ where a lonely visitor’s footsteps disturb a solemn silence. Paris museums and other exhibiting venues are buzzing with visitors who constantly find there something new. The museums carry out an immense educational work and output a tide of publications, video material, etc. to accompany each exhibition. The success story of the Lithuanian artists S&P Stanikas currently based in Paris and exhibiting at Galerie VU (the biggest private photographic gallery in Paris), and creatively collaborating with its head, curator Christian Caujolle, demonstrates again the critical role a quality gallery plays in the artist’s career.


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