“As far as a dream. Or far away as an earthquake for those, living in Lithuania – as teachers taught at school, Lithuania “is not in a seismic zone”. So far, as so awaited adulthood for a teenager, which does not come quick enough. Close, as sudden growing old. Close as roaring thunder for the one, who is afraid of the lightning. Close, as two and half an hour flight from London to Lithuania. <...> Notions close and far are perceived individually. It is a choice to perceive the distance according to personal interest, personal state, mood. Sometimes it is a conscious choice. Most often – no. But the moment of recognition is an important factor of perception, and the SENSE of community brings closer”.
This is how the team of “Meno Parkas” gallery interprets the slogan “Far Away, So Close” chosen for the biannual international contemporary art festival that’s back for the 8th time. The gallery itself is one of the most important players in the Lithuanian scene of contemporary art and one of the busiest exporters of our artists. The name of “Meno Parkas” is well known to the audiences of VOLTA NY (US), ArtVerona (Italy), Scope Basel (Switzerland), Art London (UK) etc.
In October and November 2018, the event flood the spaces of “Meno Parkas”, Kaunas Gallery, M. Žilinskas Gallery of Art and Kaunas Artists' House. The exhibitions presenting the works of 20+ local and international artists of different fields will be followed by talks and discussions. Check out the programme and see you in art!
Wednesday, October 17
Kaunas Artists’ House (V. Putvinskio g. 56)
5 pm – 6:30 pm
Presentation of the festival’s programme and artists.
Talks (in English):
* “Value (in eco-systhem of art world)” by gallerist, art consultant Tamzin Lovell Miller (ZA).
* Laura Lygaitytė (LT) will share experience from her work in Taiwan gallery and will introduce the Asian art market.
Performance by Židrija Janušaitė and Vaida Tamoševičiūtė
Experimental music concert - Agustí Martínez, Ilona Schneider, Vasco Trilla, Diego Caicedo (CT).
Thursday, October 18
Kaunas Gallery (Vilniaus g. 2)
5 pm – 6:30 pm
Presented artist: Marcelo Brodsky (AR / ES). “1968: The Fire of Ideas”
Exhibition time: 10 18 – 11 18 2018
Gallery “Meno parkas” (Rotušės a. 27)
6:30 pm – 10 pm
Alexandre Astier (FR). “Feet Rooted to The Ground”
Neringa Naujokaitė (LT / DE). “Art Deco”
Vladas Urbanavičius (LT). “Attic Games”
Exhibition time: 10 18 – 11 24 2018
Friday, October 19
M. Žilinskas Art Gallery (Nepriklausomybės a. 12)
5 pm – 7:30 pm
Performance “The Second Skin” by Eglė Ganda Bogdanienė (LT).
Performance participants: artist Robertas Antinis, Professor at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, neurologist Kęstutis Petrikonis, MD Rita Krištopaitytė and Psychiatrist - Psychotherapist Nijole Goštautaite Middtun.
6:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Performance “Obscure Radiance” by Hugo Paquete (PT).
Hermione Allsopp (UK). “Mantle Deposits”
Eglė Ganda Bogdanienė (LT). “The Second Skin”
Christine Dixie (ZA). “To be King”
Gregoire Fabvre (FR). “KINO-balopox”
Kasia Fudakowski (UK). “Word Count 04: The Martyrdom of Professor Sanchez”
Jonas Gasiūnas (LT). “Willow's Lake”
Allard van Hoorn (NL). “065 Urban Songlines”
Vytenis Jankūnas (LT / USA). “J 2 Manhattan – The Eternal Traveler Syndrome in a Circular Motion”
Evaldas Jansas (LT). “The Embassy”
Simonas Nekrošius (LT). “The Flow that Struck The Wall”
Hugo Paquete (PT). “Obscure Radiance”
Laura Zaveckaitė (LT / USA). “In Between”
Francisco Janes (PT / LT), Laura Zaveckaitė (LT / USA). “Untitled”
Exhibition time: 10 19 - 11 25 2018
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