ANTANAS INGELEVICIUS: CREATOR AND THE CITY

Vilnius, LT
2022



scenography

His photographs are as much a mystery as their author. Interwar Kaunas revealed itself before his camera in completely different colours: ancient, wooden, unvarnished, quotidian, and pre-modern. Quite different from what we have known it be.

Antanas Ingelevičius (1892–1947?) was an artist who was gifted talent but denied fame. Today, that tribute is being paid to him in the exhibition 'Antanas Ingelevičius: creator and the city'. The organizers of this exhibition are convinced that this mystery man and the archive of his photographs that has now been brought into the light of day will now be duly recorded in the history of Lithuanian photography.

The exhibition 'Antanas Ingelevičius: creator and the city' is a museum exploration, an exercise for the imagination, and an open set of questions. What do we actually know about the photographer himself? Why did he choose to photograph Kaunas of the 1920s and 1930s differently than other photographers of his time? Why hasn’t Antanas Ingelevičius assumed a place in Lithuanian photography history? And how did his works find their way into the museum’s collection in 1948–1950?

This extensive photographic archive serves as a journal for both the artist and his city. With the help of these photographs, this exhibition creates a visual map of an unseen (like Antanas himself) and unfamiliar Kaunas, behind its façade. It is a living map, made up not only of streets, buildings, rivers, and hills, but also people. These photographs preserve the everyday life, moods, and local memory of these “city creators”.

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Two hundred analogue photographs are displayed in five rooms of the House of Histories, reprinted from Ingelevičius’ negatives by photographer Algirdas Juodis at the National Museum of Lithuania’s photography studio. These photographs peer behind the façade of Kaunas of the 1920s and early 1930s, displaying the city’s wooden architecture, the Vilkolakis Theatre, cultural figures and their bohemian lifestyle, and Antanas’ friends and loved ones.

 

The organizers of this exhibition invited visitors to explore Kaunas of a century ago and to engage in a discussion about questions that remain relevant today, about the relationship between creators and their city: How does an artist create a city and how does a city create the artist?

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This exhibition space is complemented by an audio-visual installation “uni.code”, created by the BIONICS duo of interdisciplinary artists Lina Pranaitytė and Urtė Pakers.

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Curators - Gytis Grižas, Vitalija Jočytė, Agnė Taliūtė

Exhibition architect - Sigita Simona Paplauskaitė
Graphic design - Rokas Sutkaitis
Coordinator - Simona Širvydaitė-Šliupienė

Lighting designer - Vilius Vilutis
Dramaturge - Indrė Bručkutė

Photography - Lukas Mykolaitis


Organiser - House of Histories of the Lithuanian National Museum