Lithuanian Art 2012 is an exhibition that consists of many exhibitions, or an exhibition of exhibitions. Together, but without having consulted each other, the exhibitions survey contemporary Lithuanian art.
The exhibition’s index of participants lists more than eighty names. Some of the names, you will notice, appear in several different descriptions. And there are other names – those of collectors, writers, sound engineers, other contributors and assistants – whose names are not included in the list. There are also some artworks that take part in the exhibition without their authors.
Those who responded to the Contemporary Art Centre’s invitation to contribute an exhibition approached the invitation in a variety of ways. Some of the exhibitions turned into series of meetings, film screenings, tours, publications, performances, concerts or other kinds of events. The event program will last through most of the summer.
Is it still “dailė”, visual art? Not always. But this is only one of many questions that we were asking ourselves and others. (Who is the author? What is an artwork? What is a collection? What is an exhibition? What did we forget? Who are you?)
This exhibition continues Lithuanian Art (“Lietuvos dailė”) series of biannual exhibitions, started in 1995.