VAA Master's students exhibition "Intrusion" in VU Museum of Geology
2020 12 10 – 2021 02 01

While the Museum of Geology and Mineralogy at Vilnius University was founded in 1803, Jean-Emmanuel Gilibert, Johann George Adam Forster and some of the Lithuanian nobles have left their mineral collections for its Mineralogy Room as early as at the second half of the 18th century. However, because of the difficult twists and turns of history (Vilnius University being closed down, the WW2, etc.), the major part of the magnificent collection was lost. After the war, the museum has resumed its activities, the current collection of the museum was formed, and geologists working in the Department of Geology and Minerology continue to expand it with their samples from the scientific research.

The works of art intruding among these glittering, matte, cloudy, sharp and colourful exhibits serve as unexpected yet fitting additions.

The authors analyse the connections between the nature and history, using personal geographical, genealogical latitudes, letters, images of virtuality, politics and specific local peculiarities. Spit out by the digital culture, these “fossils” can be found alongside the skeleton of a mammal that was lying in its bed since the Palaeolithic era for thousands of years, while the dehydrated fruit of a plant is full of sentiments, just like hundreds of minerals, rocks and fossils, so carefully collected and placed in the showcases of the museum.

The exhibition uniting different artists is called Intrusion*. It is a part of the series of lectures called Perdirbinys (Remake) designed for the Master’s students at the Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA, Assoc. Prof. Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė). The lectures deal with the creative strategies related to the use / appropriation of  already existing art/nonart context in the personal art practice. For the sixth year in a row, the series end with exhibitions curated in unorthodox spaces (that are not adapted for art), which in themselves offer both the ideational and the expositional challenge. Intrusion is the 6th exhibition of this sort, curated by artist / curator Milda Dainovskytė. The Museum of Geology in the Geosciences Institute at the Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences of Vilnius University has become the starting point for ideas and exhibition that in its turn determined the thematic field of the exhibition and individual artistic solutions.
*(from Latin. Intrusus, to thrust, push)

Exhibition participants (VAA Master’s students): Gabija Vėja Bagdonaitė, Ugnė Burvytė, Kamilė Jadevičiūtė, Liudvikas Kesminas, Taisija Kalinina, Gabrielė Krulytė, Viktorija Lapinskaitė, Mykolas Domas Malinauskas, Mantas Petreikis, Donatas Repeika, Marija Sučilaitė, Lolita Tučinskaitė, Natalia Vilkelienė.

Exhibition curators: Milda Dainovskytė and Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė. 

Special thanks to head of the Museum of Geology of VU, geologist Dr. Eugenija Rudnickaitė.

Location: Museum of Geology in the Geosciences Institute at the Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences of Vilnius University, M.K. Čiurlionio g. 21/27, Vilnius. 

Organizer: Vilnius Academy of Arts. Partners: Vilnius University, Curator Duo “Lokomotif”. Graphic design: Marija Sučilaitė, Kamilė Jadevičiūtė.