End of history: giving sense to the memory of Kazimieras Simonavičius and the art of sculpture 0

Remigijus Venckus
www.kamane.lt, 2016-05-25
Kęstutis Musteikis. Battle.

In brief: Reflecting on the memory, the masters of contemporary Lithuanian sculpture organized a unique exhibition dedicated to Kazimieras Simonavičius. It is no coincidence that artists' ideas were supported by the heads of Kazimieras Simonavičius University, therefore the exhibition was held in the university’s premises (J. Basanavičiaus 29A, Vilnius) and it has been delighting the art lovers throughout the month of May.

For those who read the name of Kazimieras Simonavičius for the first time, I provide an encyclopedic quotation of this personality, "Kazimieras Simonavičius is an undeservedly forgotten, one of the most prominent scientists of the 17th century Grand Duchy of Lithuania whose ideas, works and solutions are associated not only with engineering or science, but also with currently relevant topics, such as creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation, communication and quality of unconventional solutions."

Since I can see clear interpretations of K. Simonavičius' biography in the exhibition, I dare say that all of the exhibition can be attractive to the viewer with the clarity of its sculptural forms. In this case, the familiar shapes of objects in sculptures (in terms of meaning) are not worn out but become more solid. For example, in the sculpture of Arvydas Ališauskas - Dedication to Kazimieras Simonavičius - I can see a vertical, elongated form that thickens in the middle. It resembles a rocket. This work is not only a dedication to K. Simonavičius, but also a quotation of his work.


The works featured at the exhibition are stuck together with their own content. Even in the work of Valdas Bublevičius - Kazimieras Simonavičius. Rocheta prima - that contains a little built-in handle in a vertical composition. On the one hand, the artwork becomes attractive and on the other hand that build-in handle is a reference to the desire to discover, to know and to study the mechanics of the world. After all, this is what the mind of K. Simonavičius was - penetrating and inquisitive.

The artworks presented at the Kazimieras Simonavičius University allow me to state that history can be recreated when the artist shapes the plot close to the classic system of images. However, the recreation of this classic imaging does not signify blind retelling. The piece can be purposefully filled with signs that suggest something very personal to the artist and brings him closer to K. Simonavičius personality; with forgotten and therefore small stories of the great people.

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