9 October - 6 November 2009
Vilnius - European Capital of Culture 2009 project ARTscape is a large-scale project that involves contemporary art, cinema and jazz, co-organized by some of the most qualified cultural institutions: Kino Pavasaris, Vilnius Jazz and VARTAI Gallery. Throughout the year 2009 and in the beginning of 2010 these three experienced institutions will be presenting the contemporary culture scenes of twelve European countries, the cities of which are, were, or will become European capitals of culture. The three different media – art, cinema and music – will outline the diagrams of dynamic cultural processes.  

9 October - 6 November, 2009
Openining: October 9th, 18:00

VARTAI gallery introduces the works of two contemporary artists known for their public provocations – Csaba Nemes from Hungary and Evaldas Jansas from Lithuania.  

Csaba Nemes integrates painting, drawings, film and animation to reflect on the issues of importance to the society – collective and cultural memory, remnants of the socialist past, and the impact of political change on everyday lives of simple folk. The Hungarian artist’s exhibition “The Last House” consists of paintings and a video work titled “Softies”. It focuses on complex relationships between representation and publicity, romantic mass media clichés and social roles. In 2007, Csaba Nemes was chosen to represent his country in the Venice Biennale, but later Hungarian Ministry of Culture overruled the decision, which was conceived as the evidence of censorship, and aim to control and suppress radical art. Evaldas Jansas, who has been known in Lithuania and Europe as the author of provocative performances and films during the past decade, once again returns to painting – the unrivalled means of embodiment of imagination processes. Canvases and short audio-video works displayed in the exhibition explore the same theme – the power of verbal and visual interpretation determining the durability of cultural constructs, their unpredictable “encounters” and alterations.

Exhibition organized in cooperation with Galerie Knoll

Curator: Laura Rutkutė

Film Programme:

Grencso Realtime Collective


Vilnius City Municipality
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania

JCDecaux, Omnitel Media

ARTscape - Hungary partner: Hungarian Cultural Institute


Opus 3, Lietuvos radija, Lietuvos Televizija, Lietuvos Rytas


AZcommunications, West Express, TEO