July 27–September 24, 2023
Opening: 6 p. m., 27 July, 2023
National Gallery of Art, Vilnius
Konstitucijos pr. 22, LT-08105 Vilnius
Characteristic of how the artists play with social forms and processes, Partially Swamped Institution is an exhibition that leaks agency and permits contingency. Straddling human and not-so-human bodies, it includes workshops, living entities, and robots – and in an extraordinary gesture, brings the swamp to the museum, as one has been constructed in the courtyard of the National Gallery of Art. This piece of live contraband tangles urban and natural ecologies, and invites the institution to act as a caregiver for a community of organisms that becomes both a device for action and a meditation on new forms of coexistence.
The exhibition’s title evokes American artist Robert Smithson’s Partially Buried Woodshed, a classic of land art that became an impromptu memorial for the students who were shot dead at its location by National Guard soldiers during anti-war protests in 1970.
Since 2009, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas have had full-time positions with the Art, Culture, and Technology program at MIT. Their work has been presented at documenta11 (2002), the 3rd Berlin Biennale (2004), Pro-test Lab (Vilnius, 2005-2007), the 32nd São Paulo Biennial (2016), and Critical Zones (ZKM, 2020), among many other exhibitions. They also conceived Villa Lituania and the Swamp School as the official Lithuanian contributions to the 52nd Venice art biennale (2007), and the 16th Venice architecture biennale (2018), respectively.
Kuratorius / Curator Lars Bang Larsen
Parodos architektai / Exhibition architects: Jurga Daubaraitė, Jonas Žukauskas
Koordinatoriai / Coordinators: Giedrius Gulbinas, Mindaugas Reklaitis, Aušra Trakšelytė
Dizaineris / Designer NODE Berlin Oslo
Sponsors: Lithuanian Council for Culture, LRT, Vilnius 700, Telia, Durpeta, UPS, Exterus, Fundermax, Baloša, Vytautas Magnus University, Vilnius Academy of Arts, The Nature Research Center, Foundation for Peatland Restoration and Conservation, Lithuanian Museum of Ethnocosmology, National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.