Tracing the Outlines of Ukrainian History: Louder
4–27 November 2022
The wind whistles louder. The push of a chair in the room has made the walls tremble stronger, volumed up, our ears fill with the hum of planes passing by in the sky, also volumed up, noises of the street bounce against the windows of the surrounding buildings.
Our hearts beating louder, volumed up.
On 4 November a group exhibition of contemporary artists, Tracing the Outlines of Ukrainian History: Volume Up, opened in the unique spaces of the Radvila Palace Museum of Art, in the basement of the building.
With everything that we are facing today, it has become vastly important to make Ukraine’s history and its evolution echo louder around the world, to volume it up. While the world rediscovers Ukrainian art, heritage, architecture, music and many other of this land’s cultural layers, Ukrainian people are doing everything in their power to continue building on the history of their autonomous state, to cherish and protect their identity, rediscover it anew and write a new narrative of their nation.
The exhibition features the most recent works by several contemporary Lithuanian and Ukrainian artists, created especially for this exhibition. Enveloping the space in an atmospheric veil, the works on display tell of man at war, folkloric symbols, hope, the future, and the past.
The basement of the Radvila Palace Museum of Art, a somewhat peripheral space of the building, “switches” the visitor to a different aesthetic and atmospheric mode. As we cross the main exhibition halls, freshly renovated by architects Ona Lozuraitytė-Išorė and Petras Išora-Lozuraitis, a staircase leads us underground, guides us with a beam of light, and reminds us of the desire for a safe habitat.
The exhibition is curated by Milda Dainovskytė, an independent contemporary art curator, artist, member of the curatorial duo (with Laurynas Skeisgiela) and co-founder of the meeting space Lokomotif (2019–2021), which merges contemporary art practices and strategies for the formation of urban identity. For her projects, Dainovskytė often chooses unusual spaces marked by specific contexts.
The architect of the exhibition is Vytautas Gečas, a designer and artist working in the field of conceptual design. Experimenting with context and the perception of the subject, he employs complexity, fragmentation, layering and mixed references. Gečas is currently studying for a PhD in design at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and working as a curator of various contemporary design exhibitions in Lithuania. His design objects are widely presented in international exhibitions.
Participating artists: Algirdas Jakas, Ieva Rojūtė, Valentyn Odnoviun, Vytenis Burokas, Vytautas V. Jurgutis, Tetiana Boriak
Exhibition Curator: Milda Dainovskytė
Assistant Curator: Kristė Stankevičiūtė
Exhibition Architect: Vytautas Gečas
Exhibition Architecture Implementation Coordinator: Aleksandras Kavaliauskas
Exhibition Design: Monika Janulevičiūtė
Textual Editing and Translation: Alexandra Bondarev
Project Organiser: VšĮ Vienas k
Partners: Lithuanian National Museum of Art, Radvila palace museum of art
Special thanks to: Kazimieras Sližys, Alexandra Bondarev, Ona Lozuraitytė-Išorė, Petras Išora-Lozuraitis, Vadim Shamkov
Radvila Palace Museum of Art,
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