27 March 2018

Hello friends,

Let us start with the weather. If you are still reading after sentence one, then probably you have an interest in weather beyond its polite use as a conversation filler; have English inclinations toward it when feeling awkward; have endured the winter here in Vilnius; or you like the work of anthropologist Tim Ingold. In our case, it is all of them. Having returned from a team trip to New York where we enjoyed the positively balmy temperature of 6°C while working with legendary Jonas Mekas, doing studio visits, and attending exhibitions and art fairs, we’re back in Vilnius with an inspiring group of residents, an exciting programme ahead and the promise (*currently not upheld*) of spring in the offing.  

Keeping us company from spring to winter are our new residents –  brilliant artists and curators from around the world: Cooper Jacoby (USA), core.pan (Sybil Montet & Simon Kounovsky) (FR/DE), Daniel Rossi (IT/DE), Eleni Papazoglou (GR/UK), Eli Cortiñas (ES/DE), Holly Childs (NL/ AU), Jaakko Pallasvuo (FI) & Anni Puolakka (FI/NL), Philomene Pirecki (UK), Rebecca Ackroyd (UK), Renee Mboya (KE), Sarah Chow (USA).  

Rupert has also begun the 6th installment of the Alternative Education Programme with our newly selected participants: Monika Janulevičiūtė and Antanas Lučiūnas, Milda Januševičiūtė, Ona Juciūtė, Marjolein van der Loo, Vytautas Stakutis, Rytis Urbanskas, Naglis Kristijonas Zakaras. These promising artists and curators will develop their proposals and practices with the programme’s invited speakers, who include Joanna Warsza, Orit Gat, Jörg Heiser, Martha Kirszenbaum, Myriam Ben Salah, Owen Griffiths, Laurynas Adomaitis and other local and international tutors (to be announced). We begin the programme on Wednesday 28th March, 6pm with a public talk, ‘Curating Beyond Exhibition Making’, by Fatoş Üstek, the newly appointed director of DRAF. This is an unmissable opportunity to hear the acclaimed curator discuss curatorial practices both with and beyond institutions.

Leading us into this busy year ahead are also the activities of our current residents, Zuzanna Czebatul, Isabel Legate and Megan Plunkett, who are working on an exciting set of projects.  This includes a new permanent public installation ‘Untitled (Beach Towel)’ in Rupert’s grounds by Zuzanna Czebatul.

Finally, we are greeting the spring with closing performances by Lina Lapelytė at our exhibition, Undersong, at Kim? on the 30th of March, at 18:00. Lapelytė will perform live her work, The Trouble with Time, and young ballerinas from a local dance school will participate in her performance, Mickey Tail.  If you were fortunate enough to see Lina’s performance on the opening night or at Rupert, you will know that this closing event is a must.  

The sun has just come out so we’ll leave it here.


In Residence

Zuzanna Czebatul

Zuzanna Czebatul (b. 1986,  PL) lives and works in Berlin. She graduated from the Staedelschule Frankfurt in 2013, and later attended the MFA Program at Hunter College, New York as Fulbright Fellow. Later this year, her works will be presented in a solo exhibition at Piktogram Warsaw and CCA Futura Prague, and group exhibitions at Horse and Pony Berlin, BWA Lublin and Galerie Martinetz Cologne, amongst others. Her research at Rupert will continue to investigate architectural forms that would represent the cultural paradoxes of before-and-after the political changes of 1989-91 in Eastern Europe.
In Residence

Megan Plunkett

Megan Plunkett (b. 1985, USA) is an artist and publisher based in Los Angeles, California who has exhibited at Bad Reputation, Emalin, Redling Fine Art, Mitchell-Iness & Nash and 356 Mission, among others. She is the co-founder and co-publisher of The Kingsboro Press, a non-thematic independent press dedicated to raw art and literature that publishes books, periodicals and collaborative works.In addition to her practice as an artist, she moonlights as a private detective.During her residency at Rupert, she will work towards the completion of her first artist’s book.

Wednesday, 28 March, 6–8 pm

Fatoş Üstek - Curating Beyond Exhibition Making

Rupert kindly invites to a talk by London based curator and newly appointed DRAF director Fatoş Üstek titled, ‘Curating beyond exhibition making’. The talk will take place in Pakrantė gallery space (Vaidilutės str. 79) from 6pm on 28 March (Wednesday). The talk is part of the 6th Rupert Alternative Education Program and it will be held in English. Entrance is free and open to public. More info.

Friday, 30 March, 6–8 pm

Night of Performances by Lina Lapelytė

On the 30th March Rupert is pleased to invite you to a night of performances by Lina Lapelytė at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga (Sporta iela 2). During the event, Lapelytė will present her two performance pieces ‘Trouble with Time’ & ‘Mickey Tail’! The performances form part of the exhibition “Undersong”, co-organised by Rupert. More info.

On view
Wednesday, 28 March, 5-8 pm

Public installation by Zuzanna Czebatul

On the 28th March, we invite you to the opening of Zuzanna Czebatul’s new public installation, to be permanently installed in Pakrantė’s grounds.  The work, based on an abandoned beach towel, continues Czebatul’s exploration of how we relate to our environment through objects, architecture and ways of interacting with and inhabiting space. For more, click here

In Residence

Isabel Legate

Isabel Legate (b. 1992, USA) received her BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2015. Legate’s artworks explore concepts of femininity, plasticity and the commodified body through sculpture, installation, writing, drawing and scent. Legate is currently based in Austin, Texas and in New York, New York. During her time at Rupert Legate plans to continue work on an ongoing project titled We Burned It So We Would Reek. It explores the ways in which commodities are imbued with meaning and become tools in constructing the desires and aspirations of individuals.  The project will culminate in an installation of video, scent and sculpture.