Curator of the exhibition Nijolė Ingelevičiūtė-Vilutienė.
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Two Emilijas and Nijolė from Vilučiai family – exhibition by the grandmother, mother and daughter.
Vilučiai is one of the dynasties of Lithuanian artists. They left their mark in theater, literature, television, cinema, but mostly manifested themselves in the field of fine art. The most famous of the artists of this family is Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis, and for the first time women artists of three generations of Vilučiai family meets in Meno Parkas Gallery: Emilija Liobytė-Vilutienė, her daughter-in-law Nijolė Ingelevičiūtė-Vilutienė and Emilija Liobytė's granddaughter, daughter of Nijolė and Mikalojus Vilučiai – Emilija Vilutytė-Balas.
Emilija Liobytė-Vilutienė (1916–1955) – talented sculptor and illustrator of children‘s books, lived short but bright life and left a visible mark on the art life of postwar Vilnius. Her artistic nature has not ceased to fascinate contemporaries, whilst current viewers enjoys her astonishing ability to capture nature, expressed in both the sculptures and drawings that make up the bulk of the collection presented in this exhibition.
Graphic artist Nijolė Ingelevičiūtė-Vilutienė (b. 1949) is an excellent etching artist, more recently she has appeared more and more as a drawer. Through her romantic view, she is close to both Emilijas – mother-in-law who she knows only in implicitly, through the memories of relatives, family archive photographs and works of art, and daughter – Emilija – baptized in honor of her grandmother. Nijole interacts perfectly with both the older and the young Emilija, because she is close to the language of the trees, which her mother-in-law admired so much, and the language of the woman's body, to which her daughter pays so much attention.
Emilija Vilutytė-Balas (b. 1977) after graduating from Vilnius Academy of Arts, graphic art studies, looked for a long time which way to go. While studying, she stood out with her extraordinary abilities as a poster artist, but this field, just as advertising design, did not satisfied her. She fused a designers talent and romantic notion and suggestively expresses mystical moods in figurative paintings of bright colors, active forms, the main character of which is usually her own alter ego – a woman who always takes on a new form like most modern people. Who knows, maybe in her works, the reflections of the drama of grandmother's life are also reflected?
Dr. Giedrė Jankevičiūtė
Exhibition is financed by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and Lithuanian Artists‘ Association.