Kunsthalle Bern

Deimantas Narkevicius

24 Oct - 06 Dec 2009

© Deimantas Narkevicius / Kunsthalle Bern
"The Unanimous Life"

24.10. - 06.12.2009

Kunsthalle Bern presents the first institutional solo-exhibition of acclaimed Lithuanian film artist Deimantas Narkevicius. His films are musings in relation to specific facts and historical oddities, indirectly related to the communist experience in Lithuania and post-war Soviet Europe that don’t shun a nostalgic ‘atmosphere’ and are motivated with subtexts that pose the ‘what if’ question in times that seem to be in need of cultural re-assurance. He traces lines of possible narratives underlying manifest fragments in our perception of history. Cherishing a kind of subjective fantasizing, re-inventing worlds, akin to creations of an inspired painter, Narkevicius at the same time pays tribute to his irresistible attraction towards former monuments, probably stemming from his training as a sculptor.

The Unanimous Life is a collaboration between the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid; Vanabbemuseum Eindhoven, Kunsthalle Bern, Hessel Art Museum; Bard College, New York; and the National Gallery of Art, Vilnius. The exhibition is curated by Chus Martinez and adapted for Bern by Philippe Pirotte.

A comprehensive book attemps to draw out some of the background of Deimantas Narkevicius’s remarkable filmwork, and includes texts by Chus Martinez Christa Blümlingern, Boris Buden, Gerald Raunig, and Dieter Roestraete. A new text by Philippe Pirotte will be available as an insert.

Tags: Deimantas Narkevicius, Xu Shun