Arka Gallery was founded in the block of the former 16th-century Basilian monastery’s architectural ensemble and due to the specific architecture filled with massive beams and arched niches, it doesn’t claim the status of a white cube. Therefore, this exhibition offers a metaphorical understanding of the white habitat. Exposition spaces, despite their non-standard nature, are basically always a white and clean sheet, on which the artworks flourish. Due to the constant dynamics of its use and content, the space is always changing and requires both a physical renovation and a narrative-based rethink. Throughout the 30 years of the gallery’s existence, many different solo and group exhibitions have been organized here, dozens of ongoing projects, as well as informal and performative events. It is impossible to gather all the artifacts that shaped the image of the gallery in one exposition, so the aim was to present the exhibition as a curatorial recollection of works, projects, and processes closely related to the gallery space itself.
The artistic/reproductive part of the exposition is about reviving and looking back at the works exhibited at the gallery during different periods of its existence or the ones that refer to its spaces. Meanwhile, the archival/documentary material fragmentarily recalls both the history of Arka’s development and the events of the Vilnius’ art scene of the 1980s and the links between its participants.
Curators: Evelina Januškaitė-Krupavičė, Monika Valatkaitė, Linas Liandzbergis.
Architect: Vladas Suncovas.
Design: Monika Janulevičiūtė.
Online solutions: Raimonda Tatarėlytė, VOX ART.
Big thanks to: Artūras Meškauskas, Aušra Lukošiūnienė, Šarūnas Pilka, Orūnė Morkūnaitė, Viktoras Liutkus, Rūta Paitian, Juozapas Blažiūnas, Gediminas DJ Astralas, Ona Jarmalavičiūtė, Kazimieras Sližys, Martynas Lukošius, Kristina Žalnierukynaitė, Tomas Meleška, Gediminas Akstinas, Audronis Katilius, Marius Ladyga, Oskaras Dainovskis, Dovilė Tomkutė, Diana Stomienė, Matas Drukteinis, Stanislavas Lučunas.
Artists: Eglė Ganda Bogdanienė, Patricija Gilytė, Donatas Jankauskas (Duonis), Agnė Jonkutė, Liucija Kryževičienė, Linas Liandzbergis, Aurelija Maknytė, Andrius Miežis, Laima Oržekauskienė-Ore, Paulius Račiūnas, Žydrė Ridulytė, Jūratė Urbienė, Arturas Valiauga, Jolanta Vazalinskienė, Arvydas Žalpys.
Sponsors: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Lithuanian Artists’ Association, Vilnius City Municipality.
Partners: Lithuanian Literature and Art Archive, 7 Meno dienos, Literatūra ir menas, Clear Channel, Vėgėlės filmai.
Gallery name: Arka Gallery
Address: Aušros vartu str. 7, LT, Vilnius
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 12:00 - 19:00, Sat 12:00 - 16:00
Open: 11.11.2020 - 30.12.2020