Žilvinas Kempinas
Žilvinas Kempinas born 1969 in Lithuania, is an artist living and working in New York City. He completed an MFA at Hunter College, City University of New York, in 2002, and received a BFA from Vilnius Academy of Art, Lithuania, in 1993.
Kempinas the winner of the Lithuanian National Culture and Arts prize (2012), his most important solo exhibitions have been organized at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2003), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2009), Kunsthalle Wien (2009), Museum Tinguely, Basel (2013), Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2013), Reykjavik Art Museum (2013), IKON gallery, Birmingham (2016). 
Selected group exhibitions include: MoMA, New York (2010), Liverpool Biennial (2010); Mudam, Luxembourg (2010), Manifesta 7 (2008).
In 2007 Kempinas received the Calder Prize. In 2009 he represented Lithuania at the 53rd Venice Biennale where the Lithuanian exposition was organized by Vartai gallery.
Kempinas employs nontraditional materials to create active and dynamic exhibits, most commonly as installations. In many of his works, Kempinas utilizes his signature material, unwound magnetic tape. The use of the tape affects the viewer through various senses; visually, aurally and physically.
Born 1969 in Plungė, Lithuania
Lives and works in New York, USA
1998 - 2002
Hunter College, Combined Media, City University of New York (MFA)
1987 - 1993
Vilnius Art Academy, Painting (BFA)
Selected solo exhibitions
V Formation, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN, US
Žilvinas Kempinas, Dartmouth College, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hanover, New Hampshire, US
Tube, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria
Žilvinas Kempinas, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Žilvinas Kempinas, Galerija Vartai, Vilnius
Santorini Arts Factory, Santorini, Greece
Leme Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
Airborne, Lio Malca, New York
Fifth Wall, Műcsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest
Scarecrow, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York
Fountains, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik
Darkroom, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
Slow Motion, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
Leme Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
Lucid Dream, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris
Still, Garage Centre For Contemporary Culture, Moscow
Vartai 20 Years: Žilvinas Kempinas, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius
Žilvinas Kempinas, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris
Ballroom, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York
Airborne, AV Festival, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, UK
Žilvinas Kempinas, Leme Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
53rd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Žilvinas Kempinas, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Žilvinas Kempinas, Galerie des Franciscains & Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, France
Open Studio, Atelier Calder, Saché, France
Parallels/Flying Tape, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
White Noise, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
Flying Tape, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Columns/Bike Messenger, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
Flying Tape, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
Still and 186 000 mi/s, site specific installations, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
The New Year of King Nebuchadnezzar, site specific installation, Vilnius
Portraits-Fossils, Jutempus Gallery, Vilnius
Painting from Nature, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Selected group exhibitions
Action <-> Reaction, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands
Lithuanian Art in China, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Calder Prize, Pace gallery, London, United Kingdom
Se souvenir des Belles Choses, Musée régional d’art contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan, France
Žilvitis, galerija VARTAI, Vilnius, Lithuania
Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Australia
Le temps de l'audace et de l’engagement - de leur temps, Contemporary Art Institute Lyon, France
Laboratoires de l'art, Musée des arts et métiers, Paris, France
Set in Motion, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Hopla Boom ! Art Contemporain, le Bel Ordinaire - espace d’art contemporain, Billière, France
Walk The Line, New Paths in Drawing, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus, Denmark
Concretely more space, Kunsthalle Osnabruck, Museum of Cultural History, Felix-Nussbaum-Haus and public spaces in the city, Osnabruck, Germany
Invento, As Revoluções que nos Inventaram, Oca - Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, Brazil
The Caleidoscopic Turn, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
First cut, TEBA factory, Arad, Romania
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Beach, Australia
Sublime, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Face a Face, Les échappées belles, Alençon, France
The Disappearance Of The Fireflies, Prison Sainte Anne, Avignon, France
Inversion. Evil Goods, Jonas Mekas Visual Art Centre, Vilnius
The Shine, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius
On What There Might Not Be / Acerca De Lo Que Podría No Ser, MARSO Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
Solides Fragiles, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Film As Sculpture / Sculpture As Film, WIELS, Contemporary Art Center, Brussels
Antigravity, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Japan
Dynamo, Grand Palais National Galleries, Paris
Slow Burn, Railway Zone Tilburg, Tilburg, Netherlands
Pattern: Follow The Rules, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, US
Turbulences II, Collaboration with L’Esapce Culturel Louis Vuitton, Fondation Boghossian/Villa Empain, Brussels
Part of a Larger Whole. Lithuanian Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius
Projections, Musée de l'abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d' Olonne, France
Théâtre du Monde, La Maison rouge, Paris
De Leur Temps: 4 Nantes, Le hangar à Bananes Art Centre, Nantes, France
Mindwalk, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius
Moving is Living, Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, Poznań, Poland
Prestige (Phantasmagoria of our times), Klaipeda Culture Communication Center, Klaipeda, Lithuania
Sculpture Is Everything: Contemporary Works From the Collection, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Australia
Silence, Collection FRAC Basse-Normandie, Normandie, France
Lexus Hybrid Art 2012, ARTPLAY Design Center, Moscow
Masterpieces of the Yvon Lambert Collection, Collection Lambert, Museum of Contemporary Art, Avignon, France
Turbulences, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Exhibition of the permanent collection (from 1960 to present), Centre Pompidou, Paris
Tapis Volants, French Academy in Rome, Italy
Pink Caviar, Lousiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
Oh, You Mean Cellophane and All that Crap, A Calder Foundation project, The McKittrick Hotel, New York
Perfoming Abstraction, Luciana Brito Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
The EXIT Festival, Creteil, France
Festival Via 2012, Maubeuge, France
Beaufort 04, Triennial of Contemporary Art by the sea, Belgium
Lightness?, Maison Particulière, Brussels
Trait Papier, Musee des Beaux Arts, Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Echigo-Tsumari Triennale 2012, Niigata, Japan
Exhibition of the permanent collection (from 1960 to present), Centre Pompidou, Paris
Nuit Blanche Paris 2011 (Paris White Night), Paris
1.2 Volume, Polyforum Emergen Siqueiros, Mexico City
Our Magic Hour, Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan
Number Five: Cities Of Gold And Mirrors, Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf, Germany
The Matter Of Air, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
Play Time, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York
Who Runs The Space Now?, ECOH Gallery, Mexico City and Neue Galerie, Switzerland, Mexico City
...so beautiful, NKV, Wiesbaden, Germany
Höhenrausch 2 (Trill of Heights 2), OK Centre, Linz, Austria
Parcours Formes Olimpiques, LAM Lille Metropole Musee d'arte contemporain et art brut, France
On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, MoMA, New York
I Believe in Miracles - 10th anniversary of the Lambert Collection - Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
Mostre in Corso. Spheres 2010, Continua Gallery, Boissy-le-Châtel, France
Sarabande. Žilvinas Kempinas and Deimantas Narkevičius, FRAC - Basse-Normandie, Caen, France
City Without Walls. 10th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
Lithuanian Art 2000-2010: ten years, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Contemporary Art from Lithuania, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
Sketches of space - MUDAM, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
From Artists' Workshops, Galerija Vartai, Vilnius
Listen to your eyes, 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz, France
Transmediale.10 - Future Obscura, Hause der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Locus Solus, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris
Fall In/Fall Out, Blackwood Gallery, Toronto, Canada
ZEROplus, 401 Contemporary, Berlin
Go East II, MUDAM, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Nightmare Full of Things Unspeakable, Concept V, New York
Das Fundament der Kunst – Die Skulptur und ihr Sockel seit Alberto Giacometti, Städtischen Museen Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany
The Immediate Future, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
Espèces d'espaces, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York
We Go Round in Circles at Night, Contemporary Art Museum Rochechouart, France
NOW JUMP, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin/Seoul, Korea
New Work: Zilvinas Kempinas, Alyson Shotz, Mary Temple, SFMOMA, San Francisco
Go East, Musee d'Arte Moderne, Luxembourg
MANIFESTA 7, Bolzano, Italy
Permutations, Musée des Beaux Arts et d'Archéologie, Valence, France
De Réalité, École Régionale des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France
MANIF D’ART 4, La Biennale en Art Actuel de Quebec, Canada
Collected Visions: Modern and Contemporary Works from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
Voyage Intérieur, FRAC-Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier, France
StereoVision: From 2D to 3D, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida
The Last Seduction- A Welcome Surrender To Beauty, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago
Château de Tokyo/Tokyo Redux, Centre International d'art et du paysage de l'île de Vassivière, Ile de Vassivière, France
Ready-Made, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York
Les Fils de Marcel, CRAC LR Art Center, Sète, France
Hapax, APERTO, Montpellier, France
Red, White, Blue, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
Drawings / Works with Paper, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York
MFA Thesis Show, Time Square Gallery, New York
Prague Quadrennial 1999, Prague, Czech Republic
Lithuanian Art 1989 -1999, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
After Painting, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Footnotes, Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, Reykjavik
Holy Lie, press project, Vilnius
Whales Stomach, site specific installation, Vilnius
Recent Documents, Balzekas Museum, Chicago, US
Lithuania Art, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
For Beauty, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Kultr, Gallery Arka, Vilnius
Good Evils, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Advent Bunch, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prize, Vilnius
Calder Prize and Atelier Calder Residency Award, Sachè, France
Kristoforas Award for best Drama Theater Stage Design, Vilnius
Academie Schloss Solitude Grant, Stuttgart, Germany
Westerly Trust Grant, London
Catalog for Lithuanian Pavilion 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia

Žilvinas Kempinas: Tube. Vilnius: Galerija VARTAI, 2010

Catalog for Lithuanian Pavilion in 6th Liverpool Biennial

City Without Walls: Laura Garbštienė, Žilvinas Kempinas, Žilvinas Landzbergas, S&P Stanikas. Vilnius: Galerija VARTAI, 2010
Publisher: Kunsthalle Wien, Gerald A. Matt
Published by Verlag fur moderne Kunst Nürnberg
72 pages / 80 ills. in color / Paperback
ISBN 978-3-941185-02-9

Museum Tinguely, Basel
Exhibition duration: 05.06. - 22.09.2013
Authors: Zilvinas Kempinas, Kęstutis Šapoka, Karine Tissot, Roland Wetzel
Size: 28.5 x 24.5 cm
Edition: 175 pages, bound
Publisher: Christoph Merian Verlag
Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 978-3-9523990-6-4
Catalog for for the exhibition Laboratoires de l’art at Musée des arts et métiers, Paris, France

Laboratoires de l’art – Art Laboratories
, Paris: Musée des arts et métiers (CNAM), 2016