One of the world's most famous Danish artists, Per Kirkeby (1938), is an expert at sculpting, painting, drawing, film directing and writing poetry, in addition to being a scholar on the geological mysteries of Greenland. The creative process, love of environmental science, and his researcher's soul dictate the conditions seen in his creations; they embody hints of neo-expressionistic style and, through various forms of expression, reveal a poetic message to the viewer. For the first time in Lithuania, Per Kirkeby has a solo exhibition, “Lignum vitae”, on view at the National Art Gallery (Nacionalinės dailės galerijos). Lasting through August 26, the show gives an overview of the artist's career and highlights specific biographic periods, such as Kirkeby's geology studies in the 1960's, and his resulting interest in the structure of environmental elements and their aesthetic peculiarities. In the expansive show, which was brought about in cooperation with Museum Jorn (Silkeborg, Denmark), Galleri Bo Bjerggaard (Copenhagen, Denmark) andAroS Aarhus Kunstmuseum (Orhus, Denmark), one can see dozens of Kirkeby's creations, etchings, and bronze sculptures, as well as 59 black & white and color drawings, and 80 Polaroid photographs. A catalog of Kirkeby's works has also been issued, in tandem with the exhibition.
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