KAUNAS PHOTO 2014 launch exhibition, miracle of the Night of Museums

Posted on May 29, 2014
KAUNAS PHOTO 2014 launch exhibition, miracle of the Night of Museums

MEH0408176.jpgDuring the Night of Museums, KAUNAS PHOTO festival proposes a visit to M.Žilinskas Art Gallery that will open the doors to the routine of tens of museums across the globe.

On  Saturday, 17th of May, 9 PM at M.Žilinskas Art Gallery of the National M.K.Čiurlionis Art Museum (Nepriklausomybės a. 12, Kaunas, Lithuania),  starts the opening of the exhibition “Museum 24/7″, the launch exhibition of the 11th KAUNAS PHOTO festival. The exhibition opening will be followed by an open-air projection event, starting at 9.45 PM.The projection on museum facade featuring works of photographers on the theme of museums and exhibitions. Duration of the projection – 45 minutes.

(The exhibition was twice extended and will be on display until October 12, 2014)

The program of KAUNAS PHOTO for 2014 will be announced in June, but the logo of the 11th festival edition suggests the motto: “KAUNAS PHOTO festivals is a place worth a visit”. Naturally, the warm-up exhibition of the festival happens to celebrate the Night of Museums and invites to take a glimpse into the daily life and celebrations, facades and backstages of museums.

Since the dawn of humanity, artistic creation and its production has always been at the service of the main cults, deities and religions. Today, relics of all kind, art objects, memorabilia, artefacts of scientific progress, historical valuables have taken the position of the cult. Museums, galleries, festivals, fairs have become the stages of celebration of the cult of valuable priceless and useless objects.

In different countries of the world the art institutions and events reach the attendance of tens, hundreds of thousands and even millions. Spaces, places, contexts, where artistic, historical, scientific, or other valuables are displayed, play a role of an oasis for those exhausted by the speedy routine. This phenomenon does not escape the eyes of artists, including photographers. Moreover, artists experience even stronger gravity of museums. Their goal is to immortalize themselves in the exhibitions and collections of museums.

KAUNAS PHOTO festival announced an open call for artists seeking to harvest series of photographs and installations addressing the themes, such as architecture of museums, installation of exhibitions, museum staff, exhibition openings, museum clichés, exhibition spaces, etc. The call was answered by more than one hundred photographers from Europe, Americas, Australia.

Consequently, the photographs of the exhibition exhibition „Museum 24/7“ at M.Žilinskas Art Gallery will speak of life at numerous museums, such Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou (Paris), El Prado, Tyssen Museum (Madrid), Hermitage (Saint Petersburg), MoMa, Whitney, Guggenheim museums (New York), Royal Fine Art museums in Antwerp and Brussels, Slovak National Gallery, Museum of Modern Art of Luxemburg, Guggenheim (Bilbao) and many others, including the host, M.Žilinskas Art Gallery.

Exhibiting artists:

Robert Pufleb (Germany)
Changkyun Kim (USA)
Didier Bizet (France)
Nicolas Krief (France)
Héctor Mediavilla (Spain)
Karin Borghouts (Belgium)
Lucia Ganieva (Netherlands)
Antanas Obcarskas (Lithuania)
Andrés Lejona (Spain)
Pavel Maria Smejkal (Slovakia)
Jan Caga (Czech Republic)
Fernando Maquieira (Spain)
Olja Triaška Stefanovič (Serbia-Slovakia)

The projection of the museum night will feature works of following artists.

Dietlinde Bamberger (Germany)
Zoe Hamill (UK)
Julie David De Lossy+ Colin Delfosse (Belgium)
Jurgen Scriba (Germany)
Paul Greenberg (USA)
Rytis Gervickas (Lithuania)
Dionysis Kouris (Greece)
Milan Bureš (Czech Republic)
Jason Larkin (USA)
Roman Drits (Latvia-Germany)
Tina Hillier (UK)
Kai-Olaf Hesse (Germany)
Máté Dobokay (Hungary)
Liam Tickner (UK)
Margherita Crocco (Switzerland)
Paul Braverman (USA)
Jason Reblando (USA)
Caspar Claasen (Netherlands)
Joachim Hildebrand (Germany)
Marco Lanza (Italy)
Régis Feugère (France)
Marion Gambin (France)
Simone Rosenbauer (Germany-Australia)
Luis Diaz Diaz (Spain)
Lucia Herrero (Spain)
François Lacour (France)
Inga Ulena (Latvia)
Tomasz Kulbowski (Poland)
Rebecca Sittler (USA)
Lenka Lukacovicova (Slovakia)
Simon Cuthbert (Australia)
Dolph Kessler (Netherlands)
Michel Delsol (USA)
Andrius Čeponis (Lithuania-Germany)

The exhibition will be on display until June 29, 2014.
(The exhibition was twice extended and will be on display until September 14, 2014)

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