On view at the Contemporary Art Centre is Transfigurations by Jurgita Žvinklytė. The artist chooses three museums of Vilnius Old Town as her point of departure. Despite their similar objectives, the relations between each of the three museums and artworks are very different. The House-Museum of Kazys Varnelis, situated across the street from the Town Hall, is acclaimed for its splendid library and a display devised by the famous Lithuanian artist after his return from the US, where his own work is shown together with the artefacts the artist has acquired.
Vilnius Picture Gallery, established in a Neo-Classicist building on Didžioji Street, is comparable to a science institute that preserves the historical heritage of Lithuanian art. George Maciunas Fluxus Cabinet, despite being the only permanent display of the Contemporary Art Centre, is full of ideas that resist museum in general: Maciunas was an advocate of temporary, reproducible, spontaneous and anonymous culture.
The differences between these three displays are vast, although a visitor can see all three of them within several hours. But is it possible to combine their guiding principles in one single exhibition?
Transfigurations by Jurgita Žvinklytė consist entirely of works from the collections of these museums. The piece was intended to have displays in all of them, but is only realised at the Contemporary Art Centre. A playing card designed by Jonas Rustemas in the 19th Century blinks an eye (it is also a self-portrait of Rustemas) to the Fluxus games that are permanently incarcerated in a glass vitrine in George Maciunas Fluxus Cabinet. A reproduction of Kazys Varnelis’s painting Convex Plus Concave looks straight at another painting of Varnelis in another exhibition . A background for both is a Fluxus wallpaper by Yoko Ono, for which she used two film stills from her Film No. 4.
This work was part of an exhibition „Proteus“.
Curators Kristubas Sabolius ir Virginija Januškevičiūtė
Text source: cac.lt