20th June, 7 pm

Opening of exhibition

Jonas Mekas: let me dream utopias

From 7pm on the 20th of July, RUPERT kindly invites you to the opening of the exhibition, Jonas Mekas: let me dream utopias. Opening & Performance programme will feature Viktorija Damerell & Gailė Griciūtė, Žygimantas Kudirka and Dalius Naujo (drums, percussion, vocal), Jonathon Haffner (alto saxophone) & Dabar Mes Esam Čia Choras.

The free bus between Rupert and the city centre will be available on the opening day. To book a seat, sign up here.


The exhibition, Jonas Mekas: let me dream utopias continues one of the last proposals for a project by poet, artist and filmmaker Jonas Mekas. This was a deeply personal project for which Mekas wanted to focus on his relationship to the notion of the poetic and the importance of poetry to his artistic work and life. The exhibition includes a number of Mekas’ previously unpublished poems taken from over 60 years of his life, and incorporates his films, as well as sound pieces selected by the artist.  In the spirit of Mekas’ conviviality, for five weeks the exhibition space will act as a host for discussions, performances, screenings, readings and public and educational programmes. These activities and the exhibition’s architecture will frame and contextualise the project’s many ideas and themes, exploring notions of poetic freedom, nostalgia and the idyll in the artist’s work, while also demonstrating the continuing vitality of Mekas’ practice today.

During the exhibition, Rupert will invite you to join educational activities, tours, lectures and other events. More information available here.

Exhibition and programme curators: Justė Jonutytė, Kotryna Markevičiūtė, Yates Norton

Architecture: Ona Lozuraitytė and Petras Išora
Coordinator: Miglė Kolinytė
Graphic Design: Tadas Karpavičius

Supporters: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Vilnius City Municipality, Pakrantė, Vilnius Tech Park

Partners: Lithuanian Culture Institute

Media partner: 15min

Image – still from Jonas Mekas film Letter from Nowhere — Laiškai iš niekur N.1″. Image courtesy of the artist’s estate