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).
THE ARTWORK. After Liudas Truikys' "Return After Triumph" (Sketch of scenography for Giuseppe Verdi’s Opera “Aida”). 1975.
Liudas Triukys (1904-1987) was a famous scenographer who always looked for synthesis between the arts and who belonged to that particular group of world artists whose light burns bright even after their death. He is also one of the founders of the Department of Textile Art of Kaunas’ Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts. He served as department head and taught there. During 1941-1949 he greatly contributed to the teaching of the first specialists in this field. Today the generation of Lithuanian textile artists that studied in Kaunas in 1969-1975 recognize the influence of his creative principles and importance as an individual was in forming their creative and ethical principles.
Officially Liudas Triukys taught composition to students. But actually he didn’t teach composition as much as he taught the basics of compositional harmony that is common to all art, promoting the idea of art synthesis. He said that “art of the future will be a synthesis of music, visual art forms, colors, and perhaps movement, which should be born in an opera”. Today it is important to remember the kind of social and artistic conditions Liudas Triukys that taught students in and did his art under. It was a period of a brutally enforced ideological Social Realism. On this side of the Iron Curtain, getting to know classical Modernism was limited, while it was forbidden to even publically utter anything about abstraction. However at the time Luidas Truikys thought that “totally new possibilities open up on the path of synthesis. Just that it’s hard to prepare the conscious to understand the relationships between forms as “resonances” especially the conscious of those who have not understood even the simplest proof of Plato that he got from Egypt: musicality is not the control of a musical instrument. It should be in all arts that have harmony as a foundation: in sculpture, painting, architecture, music, dance, poetry…” (Bitinaitė-Širvinskienė R. (compiler). Stage Alchemist: Liudas Truikys [catalogue]. Kaunas: Nacionalinis M. K. Čiurlionio dailės muziejus, 2004, p. 21.).