Prior to joining Rupert, Julija Reklaitė was the Lithuanian Cultural Attaché in Italy (2015–2019). She has worked on various projects in the fields of architecture, cultural diplomacy, contemporary art and theatre. Since 2007, Reklaitė worked as a freelance exhibition architect, collaborated with institutions and artists in Lithuania and abroad, and headed the public institution Architecture Foundation in 2009–2012. Reklaitė studied at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, where she obtained a PhD in Architectural History and Theory. She is the author of various publications and articles as well as the co-author and compiler of several books.
Vitalija Jasaitė is a cultural manager, curator and editor. In 2000–2004 she studied at the Faculty of Humanities of Šiauliai University where she obtained her B.A., proceeding with Art History studies at the Vilnius Academy of Arts Faculty of Humanities between 2005–2007. In 2006, she completed an internship at the Helsinki University of Art and Design under the Erasmus Exchange Programme. Previously, Jasaitė has managed the Vartai Gallery, curated and coordinated several cultural projects as well as multiple exhibitions of Lithuanian and foreign artists. Jasaitė is the editor of the Echo Gone Wrong magazine and co-founder of the project space Editorial.
Curator of the Residency Programme
Kotryna Markevičiūtė is a researcher and curator, currently studying for a PhD in Art History at the Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA) since October 2019. She holds an M.A. in Sociology of Culture from Erasmus University in Rotterdam which she obtained in 2017. Markevičiūtė also studied at the VAA Bachelor’s programme in Art History and Theory during 2010–2014. She is currently curating the Rupert Residency Programme and the exhibition programmes for 2020.
Curator of the Public Programmes
Yates Norton is a curator, editor, writer and researcher. He studied Art History at Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge, after which he was granted a research fellowship to Harvard University and an MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Besides Rupert, Norton has curated exhibitions in New York, London, Lithuania and Berlin and written for publications, including most recently Phaidon’s The Art Book: Women Artists. He sang for the Venice Biennial’s 2019 Lithuanian Pavilion production of Sun & Sea by Lina Lapelytė, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė and Vaiva Grainytė.
Curator of the Alternative Education Programme
Tautvydas Urbelis is a curator, philosopher, researcher and critic. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy (2009–2013) and a Master’s degree in Social and Political Criticism (2016–2018) at Vytautas Magnus University. Urbelis has participated in educational programmes and read lectures at conferences on philosophy, architecture and critical urbanism in Vilnius, Berlin and Rotterdam. He is also the co-founder of two independent cultural spaces in Kaunas, and one of the curators of the Kaunas Architecture Festival. Urbelis is currently developing a project dedicated to lust and architecture research and writing for cultural and art publications.
Gabrielė Marija Vasiliauskaitė
Gabrielė Vasiliauskaitė is a communication specialist and performer. She studied Cultural Information and Communication at Vilnius University between 2012–2016 sand obtained a B.A. in Communication. Vasiliauskaitė gained a lot of professional practice while working in the non-governmental sector, contributing to the implementation and development of such projects as the Ministry of Citizens and Coolūkis. She is currently working as Rupert’s coordinator, communication specialist for the Social Taxi programme, is also actively involved in music.
Rupert regularly employs trainees and volunteers.
Rupert is an institution initiated by Darius Žakaitis in 2012. Its establishment and activities have been contributed to by:
Justė Jonutytė (July 2014–August 2019)
Rupert Council (2014–2019):
Deividas Rafanavičius Darius Žakaitis
Rupert Founding Advisory Board (2012):
Aurimė Aleksandravičiūtė (Tulips & Roses)
Lukas Brašiškis (Film Theorist)
Krist Gruijthuijsen (Curator, Sandberg Institute)
Lolita Jablonskienė (Director of the National Gallery of Art)
Virginija Januškevičiūtė (Curator)
Kęstutis Kuizinas (Director of the Contemporary Art Centre)
Raimundas Malašauskas (Writer, Curator)
Deimantas Narkevičius (Artist)
Kristupas Sabolius (Philosopher)
Mårten Spångberg (Choreographer)
Kazys Varnelis (Columbia University (New York))
Darius Žakaitis (Founder of Rupert)
Jonas Žakaitis (Curator, Tulips & Roses)
Rupert Design Identity Creators:
Goda Budvytytė (January 2012–March 2019)
Tadas Karpavičius (April 2019–March 2020)
‘TAKTIKA’ Mantas Rimkus and Nerijus Keblys (April 2020–present)
Rupert Education Programme Coordinators:
Adomas Narkevičius (2017–2019)
Liudvikas Buklys (2016)
Maya Tounta (2014–2015)
Justė Jonutytė (2013–2014)
Inesa Pavlovskaitė and Ignė Aleksandravičiūtė (2012–2013)