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Published: 4 august 2020 23:12

Balance in treetops at Europos Parkas

Europos Parkas
Europos Parkas

This summer Lithuanian museum Europos Parkas, which features sculpture art created by the most famous world artists, welcomes an exhibition by the Polish sculptor Jerzy Kędziora a.k.a Jotka. The open-air museum space is exhibiting a new trend in the world of contemporary art, namely the artwork that finds its location between the earth and sky.

Jerzy Kędziora a.k.a Jotka creates balancing sculptures, which seem to defy the force of gravity and laws of statics, conveying the timeless message from the author to people of all cultures. According to the author, his sculptures illustrate unrealistic desires, like a dream of walking on a tightrope, offering a possibility to envision oneself in a completely different reality. The story behind each Kędziora’s artwork would be no shorter than an actual person’s biography – his artwork offers that much of content. The figures hanging above the heads of spectators seem to act in a similar manner as the bystanders: they observe, watch others go, imitate, and sometimes make fun.

Author’s expositions are regularly hosted all over the world. His artwork was featured in numerous events, such as Amsterdam Sculpture Biennale “Artzuid”, Venice Biennale “Personal Structures”, Art Basel Miami, various art events in Taiwan, USA, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Switzerland, among others. Author’s permanent exhibitions are held in Cracow, Lourdes, Berlin, Prague, Rotterdam.

Emerging as an actual spectacle between the earth and sky, this time Jerzy Jotka Kędziora’s exhibition takes place in the combined landscape of Lithuanian nature and worldwide art. The expressive, dynamic, often ambiguous, and surprising sculptures will prompt visitors to balance on the verge of their imagination and new discoveries.

Jerzy Kędziora says: “For years, I have been unsuccessfully trying to meet the challenge, which for the old political order, posed to me from behind our eastern border: Lithuanians, Georgians, Latvians, and even Kazakhs, whom I met at international plein-airs in Poland. They signalled a desire to show my works on their territory in their cultural areas. I was very pleased receiving the invitation from Gintaras Karosas – an outstanding artist, creator, animator and organizer of the Europos Parkas – very significant for contemporary sculpture not only for our part of Europe. The familiarization visit in January confirmed my belief that this is a great place for presenting balancing sculptures. Showing my sculptures in the context of the artworks of many celebrities of modern art gathered by Gintaras Karosas is a pleasure and raises the rank of the event.”

The project is financed by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

Europos Parkas is the first museum of non-governmental organisation in Lithuania. The artistic landscape, covering 55 hectares, has over 100 sculptures created by the artists from all over the world, including the works by the most prominent authors of modern and contemporary art.

The exhibition is open at Europos Parkas from July to November.

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