2020.06.07 14:00

Short stories of Lithuanian art. Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis – video

LRT.lt2020.06.07 14:00

LRT and MO Museum bring you a series of videos presenting 20 key Lithuanian artists of the 20th century.

Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis (born 1944)

Graphic artist Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis is considered the pioneer of silkscreen printing in Lithuania.

It's a printmaking technique of applying die on paper through special silkscreen stencils.

In the West, silkscreen printing is associated with mass consumption and pop art. The latter's influence is felt in Vilutis' oeuvre, too.

In 1970s Lithuania, his works seemed very modern, even aggressive. Therefore for several years after graduating, Vilutis would not be allowed to exhibit.

Unlike older graphic artists, Vilutis' generation stopped romanticising Lithuanian folk art.

They would depict fragments of international culture and daily reality in new ways.

In addition to the new technique, Vilutis was distinctive for his original style. His works show sharp silhouettes, contrasting colours and unrefined shapes.

They are often humorous, even ironic. Nor does the artist shun self-mockery.

Speaking about his piece Centre of the Universe No 34405030014, he said: “I'm a centre of the universe, but there are 7 billion more. And I'm fully aware of that.”

The piece is the artist's self-portrait and the title includes his personal identification number.

Vilutis is a multi-faceted artist. In addition to prints, he has created posters for exhibitions and theatre productions, illustrations for the books of Sigitas Geda, Marcelijus Martinaitis and others.

Vilutis himself writes witty essays about culture, society and philosophy.

They have been published in culture periodicals and two editions of collected essays: Cake and Soup.

MO muziejaus ir LRT projektas „20 Lietuvos meno istorijų“: Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis – šilkografijos pradininkas Lietuvoje (su anglų k. subtitrais)
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