Exhibition “Money in Painting”

Over 30 works were presented for the exhibition organised by the Bank of Lithuania, with money as the main object of creation and a means of unexpected artistic explorations. On the day of the opening of the exhibition, the visitors walked over a “talking” carpet counting its own and other peoples’ savings. The author of this specifically created sonic composition on the theme of money is the composer A. Jasenka. The canvas “Money” (2005) by K. Petrulis became a highlight of the exhibition; in it, the artist captured his feelings for the euro coming to replace the litas. Among the works presented were compositions from Lithuanian centas coins by J. Bogdanavičiūtė, created using mixed techniques, assemblages by V. Antanavičius and G. Jonaitis. The two works by K. Matiukienė were different: “The Map” (2005) was created using an original felting technique, while “Risk Management” (2005) — collages, plywood and felt. Alongside professional artists, the student R. Ruzaitė presented her first work, which was a tapestry called “Unidentified Money” (2005). The most active was B. Gražys, who put on display 4 paintings: “Parquet” (2003), “Wallpapers and Vest”, “A Self-portrait beyond the Wall” (2004), “Scarf” (2005). “Monarch’s Denarius à la Titian” (2005), by the laureate of the national award, V. Antanavičius, took visitors back to the Middle Ages in their thoughts. The exhibition revealed that the theme of money is an inexhaustible mine for artists to express their artistic abilities.

8–31 December 2005
ARTima galerija (Totorių g. 3, Vilnius)