Eglė Rakauskaitė, The Trap. Expulsion from Paradise, 1995, Courtesy of the LNMA

Contemporary Lithuanian art on display at MOCAK

The exhibition ‘Make it real. Like What?”, which will present contemporary Lithuanian art, will open at the end of October. It is curated by Evaldas Stankevičius and Jurgita Ludavičienė

The exhibition presents the most important trends and figures in contemporary Lithuanian art. Its theme is paradox in art. It has been organised in cooperation with the Lithuanian National Museum of Art in Vilnius and is based on the collections of this institution and private collections

Paradox defies logical arguments. In art, it is often used as a tool to challenge the audience’s beliefs and expectations. The aim is to provoke the audience to look at situations that seem unquestionable
Lithuanian contemporary art is fond of moving in the circle of paradox. The generation of contemporary artists grew up in the communist social order, but began to live and create independently in the time of independence. This ‘dichotomy’ naturally conveyed to them a sense of paradox, as reality became unbearably intense, unbridled and often difficult to comprehend with reason

This exhibition – which includes installations, videos, sculptures and other objects – shows only a slice of Lithuanian art of the last 30 years. Thus, it is not a retrospective, but an overview of attitudes that play with paradox in art

The exhibition is part of the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Vilnius

Juozas Laivys, Nuclear plant in Seda, 2011, Courtesy of the LNMA

Artists featured in the exhibition: Eglė Rakauskaitė, Gediminas Urbonas, Donatas Jankauskas, Mindaugas Lukošaitis, Juozas Laivys, Vytenis Jankūnas, Julijonas Urbonas, Arūnas Gudaitis, Pakui Hardware, Nerijus Erminas, Alina Melnikova, Eglė Karpavičiūtė, Eglė Ridikaitė, Tomas Daukša, Rūta Spelskytė, Aurelija Maknytė, Laura Garbštienė, Anastasija Sosunova, Akvilė Anglickaitė, Lina Lapelytė, Gintaras Makarevičius, Liudmila (Milda Januševičiūtė and Miša Skalskis), Vita Zaman.

“Make it real. That is, similar to what?”. Contemporary Lithuanian art
“Try to make it real. But compared to what?”. Contemporary Art from Lithuania

Curators: Evaldas Stankevičius, Jurgita Ludavičienė

Opening: 26.10.2023

Exhibition date: 27.10.2023-17.3.2024

Place: Building A, level 0

The whiteMAD magazine is media patron of the exhibition.

source: Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow – MOCAK(

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