The exhibition Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond is a showcase for art and scientific research which reflects the city not solely as a man-made creation, but rather as an ecosystem where human activity is in a constant interplay with processes of both an animate and inanimate nature. One of the key elements of the show is an attempt to look closer at Vilnius, the city hosting the exhibition, in an attempt to perceive it not as a closed unit, but as a formation existing in the broader contexts of nature and culture, time and space.

The two-part exhibition will present five new works by Lithuanian and foreign artists, made in collaboration with scientists, in the search for parallels between the city and an anthill, offering a glimpse at the city from the perspective of a bat, viewing robots as members of society, reflecting post-traumatic healing processes common to the community and the individual physical body, and trying to imagine gardening in a cosmic city. Alongside the new works, there will be a display of scientific research spanning recent decades, where issues of urban nature are examined by historians, paleoanthroplogists, archaeologists, botanists, meteorologists and specialists in other fields. Their research will be presented in an accessible and creative form.

Citynature: Vilnius and Beyond. Exhibition view at National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, 2017

Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017. Steel.

Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017. Steel.

Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017. Steel.

Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017. Steel.

Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017. Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel.

Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017. Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel.

Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017. Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel.

Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017. Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel.

Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017. Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel.

Pakui Hardware, Hesitant Hand, 2017. Industrial ABB IRB 2600 robot, transport boxes, UV print on silicone, images from NASA digital archive, PVC plastic, silicone rubber belts, concrete, stainless steel.

Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions. Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions. Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions. Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

Vida Motiekaitytė, Urbophytocoenoses: Syntaxonomy, Toxicotolerance, Successions, Functions. Vilnius: Institute of Botany, 2002

Julius von Bismarck, Instead We Bent Wire, 2017. Steel.

Dovilė Keršytė, Egidijus Rimkus, Justas Kažys, Near-Term and Long-Term Climate Projections for Lithuania. Geologija. Geografija, 2015, No. 1

Dovilė Keršytė, Egidijus Rimkus, Justas Kažys, Near-Term and Long-Term Climate Projections for Lithuania. Geologija. Geografija, 2015, No. 1

Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017. Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs.

Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017. Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs.

Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017. Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs.

Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017. Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs.

Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017. Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs.

Kuai Shen, Thermotaxis, 2017. Anthill in a technology mediated habitat, video, sound, scanning electron microscopy images (digital prints), laser engraved chrome discs.

Kader Attia, Reflecting Memory, 2016. HD video, 48 min.

Kader Attia, Reflecting Memory, 2016. HD video, 48 min.

Kader Attia, Reflecting Memory, 2016. HD video, 48 min.

Julijonas Urbonas, Airtime, 2017. Electromechanics, hydraulics, electronics, EPDM rubber.

Julijonas Urbonas, Airtime, 2017. Electromechanics, hydraulics, electronics, EPDM rubber.

Julijonas Urbonas, Airtime, 2017. Electromechanics, hydraulics, electronics, EPDM rubber.

Oksana Valionienė, The Spatial Structure of Vilnius in the Middle Ages, Lithuanian Institute of History, University of Klaipėda, 2015

Participants: Kader Attia; Julius von Bismarck; Pakui Hardware (Neringa Černiauskaitė & Ugnius Gelguda); Kuai Shen; Julijonas Urbonas; Rimantas Jankauskas, Šarūnas Jatautis and Ieva Mitokaitė; Iwona Janicka; Vida Motiekaitytė; Egidijus Rimkus, Dovilė Keršytė and Justas Kažys; Oksana Valionienė, Aistis Žalnora
Exhibition designer: Aleksandras Kavaliauskas
Graphic designer: Laura Grigaliūnaitė
Curators: Vytenis Burokas, Vitalij Červiakov, Eglė Mikalajūnė, Eglė Nedzinskaitė
Organiser: National Gallery of Art, Lithuanian Art Museum
Images: Vitalij Červiakov, Andrej Vasilenko, Daumantas Plechavičius and Aistė Valiūtė
Partners: Rupert Residency Centre, Department of Laser Technology at the Centre for Physical Sciences and Technology, Vilnius University Faculty of Mathematics and Information Technology, Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine Department of Anatomy, Histology and Anthropology, Herbarium of Vilnius University, Vilnius University Department of Hydrology and Climatology, Vrublevskis Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, Library of Vilnius University, Botanical Garden of Vilnius University, Lithuanian Library for the Blind, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, ABB UAB, Vilniaus vandenys UAB, Vilnius City Municipality, Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania: National Museum, Teleport, City of Nürnberg, “Technariumas”

Citynature: 
Vilnius and Beyond
at National Gallery of Art, Lithuanian Art Museum
2017 02 03 – 03 19

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