On Friday, December 13, at 6 p.m., Meno Niša invites everybody to the opening of the group exhibition of drawings and paintings on paper, titled Back to the Future. The exhibition will be on until 10 January.

Artists’ drawings, sketches or paintings on paper and related materials often turn to great paintings, sculptures, installations, and sometimes they remain in the drawing format. According to Sonata Baliuckaitė, curator at Meno Niša, works on paper are very popular at the moment in the context of global trends in contemporary art.

“Special art fairs dedicated exclusively to art on paper have long been organised in the world with the participation of recognised galleries and artists. We have attracted a lot of interest in drawings in other international art fairs where the artists of Meno Niša Gallery have been spotlighted. We would like to promote this trend in Lithuania, too, by presenting the works of famous Lithuanian artists”, says gallery’s curator Sonata Baliuckaitė.

The idea for the exhibition was prompted by the painter Dr. Jolanta Kyzikaitė who said that she did not distinguish between drawing and painting in her creative work. “It is my work that comes in exactly that format at a certain time”, says the artist. Kyzikaitė also emphasised that while Lithuanian collectors have mainly acquired her paintings, her drawings were recognised at Vienna and Berlin art fairs. Many of them went to important collections in Austria and Germany

The exhibition Back to the Future features works by almost all artists represented by the Meno Niša Gallery: painters, video artists and sculptors. This time they are also curators of the exhibition. Participants of the exhibition include National Prize winners, painters Rūta Katiliūtė and Gintaras Makarevičius who will present their paintings on paper, Evaldas Jansas with his collages, Monika Furmana and Monika Plentauskaitė with their watercolours, Jolanta Kyzikaitė presenting her painting on veneer, Jurgis Tarabilda, Gustas Jagminas, Konstantinas Gaitanži, Paulius Šliaupa and Kęstutis Svirnelis presenting their works on paper done using various techniques, from coloured pencils, ballpoint pens, acrylic to oil painting.

At the same time, Back to the Future marks the upcoming Christmas and offers a perfect opportunity to decorate your or your loved ones home with new small-format drawings, watercolours or paintings on paper at an affordable price. The opening date of the exhibition is symbolic – mystified Friday the 13th, which perfectly matches the concept of the exhibition. Artists will use their works to predict the future which may or may not come true. 

The Back to the Future exhibition is part of the gallery’s project Art Space for Young Artists. The project is co-funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture. The gallery is sponsored by Vilnius City Municipality.