ANTANAS SUTKUS’ “GREETINGS FROM THE 20TH CENTURY”

M. ŽILINSKAS ART GALLERY
A. Sutkus "The Well". 1959

“Greetings from the 20th century“ – such is a favourite phrase of one of the most prominent and conspicuous Lithuanian photography artist’s Antanas Sutkus (b.1939).

The extensive exhibition in Kaunas is distinguished for the abundance of new photographs. A. Sutkus has worked with his photography archive for more than twenty years and still discovers forgotten moments and many affecting images from the past. These works feature a whole photographic epoch that introduces Lithuania and its people of the 20th century.

A famous photographer says that the viewer of Kaunas is important and noteworthy to him: “This city has a lot of influential personalities – writers, artists. It seems to me that the creative community in Kaunas is tightly interrelated. For a number of years the magazine “Nemunas”, which is famous not only for its textual content but also for photographs, has been the most famous publication. My last major solo exhibition in Kaunas was held as far back as the years of deep Soviet era“.

A. Sutkus invited young colleagues Berta Tilmantaitė and Artūras Morozovas to be curators of this exhibition. “These photographers are close to me for their sensitivity to humans and I am especially curious about the interpretation of my works from a younger generation’s point of view,” says the photographer.

While selecting the works the curators aimed to show already seen and well known works as well as the new ones including the photographs taken during the last few years.

“We have been communicating with Antanas for several years – we accompanied him to receive the prestigious Salomon Prize in Berlin, and presented his works in Poland and Belarus. During this time, we have seen Antanas from different points of view – not only as a legend of photography, a strong, creative personality, but also as a true and openhearted man with all the qualities he has – hesitation, joy, nostalgia and curiosity. We are eager to introduce A. Sutkus to visitors“, – the curators of the exhibition say.

Coordinator – Irmantė Šarakauskienė, design by Inga Navickaitė-Drąsutė

Organizers: M. K. Čiurlionio National Museum of Art, PI Antanas Sutkus Photography Archive

Sponsors: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Kaunas Free Economic Zone

Information partner: Nanook