Kestutis Vasiliunas
FIG Bilbao 2020

26.11.20 14.12.20

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return…” -Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3

Kestutis Vasiliunas is an artist and independent curator of the International Artist’s Book Triennials, having curated 40 International exhibitions in Lithuania, Germany, France, Sweden, Austria, Korea, USA.

Vasilunas´oeuvre lends itself to a multifaceted analysis, as it contains multitudinous cultural and multicultural layers, as the artist’s work relays a distinct non-conformist attitude making his creative production stand out against the sometimes straightforwardly perceived, commonplace or merely “beautiful” context, the tradition of a trivial understanding of an artist’s mission.

The artist is among a few in Lithuania, consistently employing genuinely archaic woodcarving techniques, making carvings in a large-scale format, combined structure, depicting complex and, at the same time, simple plots (printed from the cliché on the canvas using the most ancient and reliable technique, that of the spoon).

Seeking to emphasize idiosyncratic and unique character of the artist, it must be said, in the first place, that he is a highly positive person who shuns both ethical and esthetical compromises, banality, that the artist is vociferous against aggressive and well-disguised commercialism, institutionalism, homogenization, levelling and uniformity of the arts, the craving to cater to any fads, trends, current intellectual and political manifestations.

The creative work of Kestutis Vasiliunas incorporates images for which the artist invokes manifold sources of inspiration, iconography from different cultures, civilizations, and epochs, by juxtaposing routine impressions, impressionistic images from travels on which, now and then, glance and thought are focused (iconographic images and plots embrace impressions from the travels in Italy, China, South Korea and many other countries) with interpretations of fragments of classic artworks, cues and replicas, rebuses or puzzles of the word-image interplay.

Kestutis Vasiliunas
1964 | Vilnius, Lithuania
Artist, Professor In Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania

1988 | Vilnius Art Institute (now: Vilnius Academy of Arts)

2020 | Reykjavik Arts Festival, The National Library of Iceland
Person and Time, Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia
Belt and Road, China Printmaking Museum, Shenzhen, China
2019 |  The Book – Vol.4, Gallery Saoh, Tokyo, Japan
2018 | Search for the Christian Identity, Vision Tower Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2017 | Memento Mori, Gallery Titanikas, Vilnius

2015 | 2nd Prize, 1st International Printmaking Biennial, Kaunas, Lithuania
2005 | 2nd Prize, 10th European Biennial Competition for Graphic Art, Brugge, Belgium
2003 | Augustinas Petravicius Premium, Lithuanian Graphic Art, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
2003 | Saito Prize, Kyoto International Woodprint Exhibition, Japan
2000 | Diploma Königsberg Print Biennial, Königsberg, Russia

2017 | YAC Print Workshop, Tianjin + Guanlan Print Base, China
2016 | Ricklungarden Foundation, Saxnas, Sweden
2010 | Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy
2003 | Alte Spital, Solothurn, Switzerland
2001 | Kunstlerhaus Lukas, Ahrenshoop, Germany

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International Projects, Fairs

FIG Bilbao 2020
Artists in dialogue

26.11.20 14.12.20

After the landing of ´ace at FIG Bilbao2019, with Argentina as the guest country and the will of both organizations to expand their international networks, we have signed a collaboration agreement between both institutions: FIG BILBAO and Fundación´ace. Alicia Candiani, director of ´ace, becomes part of the Management Committee of Open Latin America with the aim of giving mobility to artists and their works on an international level. Also, this year we have once again been invited to participate in the fair, for which a prestigious group of international professional artists has been selected.

The International Fair of Printmaking and Art on Paper (FIG Bilbao) has positioned itself as one of the most important in Europe. This year, FIG Bilbao celebrates its 9th edition and, although it cannot aspire to attract more than 11,000 visitors in four days as happened last year, it has not hesitated to reinvent itself in an online format and, furthermore, it does not neglect face-to-face proposals insofar as their possibilities. Today the digital platform will premiere, offering 50 galleries and more than 500 artists that will be active throughout the month of December.

The works cover a wide range of prices and visitors will be able to enjoy the free and personalized advice of expert Elisa Hernando, who is in charge of the Approach online service. Among the creators present in this edition, it will also be possible to pledge on emerging talents such as Juan Escudero and Kepa Garraza, or already established such as Joan Miró and Eduardo Chillida.

Three containers have been installed next to the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Inside, all the works from the fair catalog will be projected on led screens that will change their content every 15 minutes. Until December 14 (from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) they will be available to passersby. These are spaces that fulfill the function of the stands of FIG Bilbao, adapted to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, and are complemented by the QR codes of each gallery that will allow access to the digital platform.

Alicja Habsiak-Matczak (Poland)
Guy Langevin (Canada)
Bárbara Madsen (USA)
Cecilia Mandrile (Argentina, lives in New York)
Kestutis Vasilinius (Lithuania)
Zhang MinJie (China)

Alicia Candiani (Argentina)


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A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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