LRT and MO Museum bring you a series of videos presenting 20 key Lithuanian artists of the 20th century.
Kostas Dereškevičius (born 1937)
Kostas Dereškevičius entered the art scene in the 1970s. With fellow artists Algimantas Kuras, Arvydas Šaltenis and Algimantas Švėgžda he formed an informal group ‘4’.
The four shunned lofty subjects, drawing inspiration instead from everyday bleakness of Soviet life.
Dereškevičius stood out from the group with his focus on the city and its dwellers.
In ‘Thursday’, the artist depicts a banal moment of everyday life. At the time, trash from Vilnius apartment buildings would be collected on Thursdays.
The artist infuses the scene with irony, comedy and light eroticism. One can guess that the charming blonde taking out the trash and her red tights come from Western fashion magazines.
Dereškevičius' reality is ironically colourful. He admired pop artists and shared their taste for bright and clashing colours. Nor did he shun elements of kitsch.
His works remind of film stills with cityscapes, mail boxes and eccentric urban characters.