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Solo show: Jaime Pitarch - VARTAI 20 Years (over)

15 November 2011 until 7 January 2012
  Jaime Pitarch - VARTAI 20 Years
Jaime Pitarch, Momentum table

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LT-01119 Vilnius
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November 15, a third exhibition of the 20th anniversary of Vartai Gallery will be opened. The first two exhibitions of the cycle introduced the works of Žilvinas Kempinas and Ugnius Gelguda. This time, the exhibition halls will host the dialogue between the solo shows of Žilvinas Landzbergas and Jaime Pitarch.

The work of the Spanish artist Jaime Pitarch transforms mundane household items into tools for critical reflection. The artist's first show in Lithuania recreates household items and consumer goods using simple interventions. According to the artist, if our material production reflects aspects of the human condition, stripping these objects of their function or their image are the uncompleted attempts to reach their substantial essence, which should reflect aspects of our own one.

Dominant social and economical models involve people in the continuous cycle of production, creation and recreation, where products created by human being become unrecognisable to himself. The artist believes that art can help relocate mundane objects from a material to a spiritual context. The dysfunctional items of the exhibition are a sort of a physical expression inadequacy of relationships between personal and collective formations.

Pitarch finds it important that in the modern world human being is no longer capable of identifying himself with the structures he himself has created, whether it is culture, social relationships, rituals, marriage, or whatever, therefore man always needs to look for ways to insert himself into the world. He considers this action to be destiny and an act of great beauty which can be characterised by states often also attributed to his works, such as meaninglessness, search for equilibrium, or insecurity.

Jaime Pitarch lives and works in Barcelona. He received his MFA from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1995. His has participated in Manifesta 7 biennial in Italy (2008), and had shows in Centre d'Art Santa Mónica, Spain; Fondation Maeght and Musée d'Art Contemporain, France; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Spain, etc. A number of his works have been acquired by private collectors and museums (Museo Patio Herreriano, MACBA Collection, Royal College of Art in London, Colección Bergé). In 2007, Pitarch was named one of Art Review Magazine's "Future Greats - Artists You Need to Know".

Patron: Vilnius City Municipality

Partners of the exhibition: Spanish Embassy in Vilnius, Vilnius Cultural Centre

Sponsors: Culture Support Foundation of the Republic of Lithuania, Bosca, Lietuvos rytas, Sutkiene Tark Grunte, Infoterminalas, printing house Sapnu; sala, JCDecaux

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