Contemporary sculptural objects on the Vilnius Town Hall‘s facade
(AV17) gallery, continuing the tradition of presenting contemporary sculpture in unconventional city spaces, is organizing a six-month project starting the month of July, during which contemporary sculptures and installations will be exhibited on the facade of the Vilnius Town Hall. This is a collaboratory project between the (AV17) gallery and the Vilnius Town Hall, each month a new piece will be presented by six contemporary Lithuanian artists: Algis Kasparavičius, Rafal Piesliak, Rimantas Milkintas, Dainius Liškevičius, Donatas Jankauskas, Jurga Barilaitė.
The project’s main goal is to make art both in the city and in historical old town spaces more relevant. Artists are creating pieces designated for this project and reimagining various sculptural and contemporary art possibilities. The connection between contemporary shapes, themes, and Town Hall‘s classicism style encourages to regard historical Vilnius oldtown architecture from a different perspective and realize it as a dynamic part of the modern world.
Particularly for this exposition selected artists will demonstrate various sculptural and installation techniques, search for new means of expression and analyze currently relevant topics. Regularly changing exposition urges passerbies to step back from the mundane, interpret art pieces, and rethink human social standings in political and cultural contexts.
Sculptural objects and installations by Rimantas Milkintas can be recognized by a combination of characteristic minimalist aesthetics and kinetic plasticity they possess. With FrontON, the artist analyses the eternality of architecture. The triangular pediment motif is used to create the composition of the sculpture, echoing the neoclassical architecture of the classical period, as well as the neoclassical architecture of the Town Hall. The sculpture itself is made of HEB steel beams, which are the strongest element of the architectural structure, able to withstand heavy loads and ensure the reliability of the building’s frame. The sculptor uses historical form and contemporary materials to convey longevity and continuity. However, Rimantas Milkintas only reinforces his structure at the points of support, thus creating an impression of fragility and encouraging a rethinking of the vulnerability of architecture, and of culture as well. About the artist
Rafal Piesliak is well known for his conceptual spatial installations and sculptures, in which the emphasis falls on the relationship between humans and their environment, as well as the development of new experiences. On the façade of Vilnius Town Hall, the sculptor presents the work “Rostrums”. As objects, they are commonly used to announce information, decrees and are the most often associated with the public authority. The work reflects both the historical significance of the Town Hall and the position of power it gives to the individual. Anyone standing behind the lectern gains an advantage over others listening to him or her. The two lecterns presented at the façade of the Town Hall not only allow finding oneself in a superior position and being heard but also encourages a conversation between different, sometimes disagreeing opinions, while allowing them to coexist. Rafal Piesliak’s work performatively engages the viewer in his creative experiment, thus expanding the possibilities of the work. About the artist
Nihil Novi (Nothing New) by Algis Kasparavičius is the first piece presented in Town Hall in July. The artist is well known for his conceptual sculptures which manipulate recognizable images while the center of his art is the investigation of a person‘s inner world and its surroundings. Algis Kasparavičius while applying easily recognizable shapes in his work with irony emphasizes various public opinions towards actualities and issues that many have to face. About the artist
Rimantas Milkintas‘ “FrontON” are exhibited on the façade of Vilnius Town Hall from the 7th of September till the 5th of October.
Each exposition will include a discussion with the artist. During which the attendants will be able to get acquainted with a broader range of artists’ undertakings and pose questions. Future sesion with Rimantas Milkintas will be held on the 28th of September.
The project is partly supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and Vilnius City municipality.
Project partner – Vilnius Town Hall