REWIND HISTORY is a series of artworks that questions the understanding of textile as a genre of reproduction that has been formed in art history. The series was exhibited in Kaunas biennial exhibition Rewind History curated by Rasa Andriušytė-Žukienė. The curator highlighted the aspect of reproduction (which is inseparable from both the history of tapestry in Western Europe from the 17th century to the 20th century and Jacquard weaving technology) as the foundation of creative interpretations at the exhibition. She asked textile artists that are currently active what Lithuanian artists and works have had an impact on their creative decisions, or are simply remarkable or had become visual icons. She selected a collection from the works mentioned by the artists, which then became a subjective (textile) Lithuanian art history of the 20th and 21st century.
The artworks were shown in Kaunas Biennial in 2011, at Estonian Museums of Applied Art and Design, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza (Portugal).
ALBERTAS VEŠČIŪNAS. THREE WOMEN. Paper, India ink. 29 x 59,5 cm. Property of the National M. K. Čiurlionis Art Museum
Albertas Veščiūnas (1921-1976), like Viktoras Petravičius and Jonas Mekas, experienced life as a war refugee, and after World War II lived in the U.S. There were attempts to erase his work, like that of many others, in Soviet Lithuania, but in 1990 the Iron Curtain fell. To once again see or simply find the work of your fellow countrymen that have naturally merged into Western culture was an unforgettable spiritual experience and impetus for creative quests. Albertas Veščiūnas’ painting and graphic work, close both to Tachisme and Expressivism at the same time, which seemed to be weaved from thousands of curved strokes and dabs changed the view toward the discipline of drawing and possibilities of drawing expression.
Artwork prepared by Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė. Woven at UAB AUDĖJAS.