Žilvinas Kempinas (b. 1969, Lithuania) is an artist currently living and working in New York. He obtained a BA in Painting Studies at the Vilnius Academy of Art in 1993, later completing an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Hunter College, City University of New York. Kempinas is known for employing non-traditional materials to create active and dynamic artwork mostly consisting of installations, kinetic or minimalistic sculptures and optical art.

Immediately after graduating, Žilvinas Kempinas was assessed as an artist whose work is based on ingenious ideas, creative strategies and innovative materials at the time. The precise and meditative stylistic integrity of his works is visible to this day, from the artist’s earliest to his most recent practice. In many of his works, Kempinas uses his signature material, unwound magnetic tape, which affects the viewer through different senses. The artist’s use of the natural laws, air fan winds and gravitation can be perceived as a certain expansion of the field of sculpture. At the same time, his mathematical approach, highlighting the accuracy, detail and fragility of the objects created does not neglect poeticism, the relationships between the viewers, spaces and the objects, and the delicate balance between matter and consciousness. Kempinas’s thoughtful creative solutions and the employment of quality materials are inseparable from the artist’s life context and testify to the uniqueness of his artistic approach.

Žilvinas Kempinas won the Lithuanian National Culture and Arts Prize in 2012 for a powerful and convincing minimalist language of contemporary art and its international resonance. His most important solo exhibitions were held in New York, Paris, Vienna, Basel, Düsseldorf, Reykjavik, Birmingham and many other cities. Kempinas’s exhibitions frequently receive attention from the media around the world. He is an active participant in group exhibitions and biennales such as the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art or Manifesta 7. In 2007, the artist also received the Calder Prize and in 2009 represented Lithuania at the 53rd Venice Biennale where the Lithuanian exposition was prepared by the Vartai Gallery.

Art Fairs


2017 – Laima Kreivytė, Žilvinas Kempinas, Žilvinas Kempinas: Catching the Invisible Waves, Hanover: Dartmouth College, 2017

2016 – Jessica Holmes, Žilvinas Kempinas, Žilvinas Kempinas, Birmingham: Ikon, 2016

2016 – Thomas Häusle, Roland Wetzel, Gerald Matt, Žilvinas Kempinas, TUBE, Dornbrin: Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2016

2014 – Žilvinas Kempinas, Scarecrow, Long Island City: Socrates Publishing, 2014

2013 – Žilvinas Kempinas, Kęstutis Šapoka, Karine Tissot, Roland Wetzel, Slow Motion, Basel: Cristoph Merian Verlag, 2013 

2009 – Alfonsas Andriuškevičius, Laima Kreivytė, Veronica Roberts, Malcolm Miles, Žilvinas Kempinas, Žilvinas Kempinas: Tube Catalogue for the Lithuanian Pavilion 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Vilnius: VARTAI gallery, 2009

2009 – Daniel Marzona, Synne Genzmer, Žilvinas Kempinas, Zilvinas Kempinas, Dornbrin: Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2009


2019 – Between Us, ed.: Stefanie Böttcher, Honne Dohrmann, Florian Jenett, Mainz: Distanz, 2019

2018 – Catalogue de la Collection du Frac Normandie Caen, ed.: Valérie Da Costa, Alice Laguarda, Cécile Bourne-Farrell, Paris: Éditions Dilecta, 2018

2017 – Readdressed 2.  Lithuanian and Litvak Graphics, Sculpture, Photography, Contemporary Art in the Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation, ed.: Rasa Andriušytė-Žukienė, Vilnius: Lewben Art Foundation, Lithuanian Expatriate Art Foundation, 2017

2016 – Adam Jasper, “Zilvinas Kempinas and Aby Warburg's Nymphs”, in: Set in Motion: Rebecca Baumann, Žilvinas Kempinas, Len Lye, Taree Mackenzie, Ross Manning, ed.: Sarah Wall, New Plymouth: Govett-Brewster Art, 2016

2016 – Laboratoires de l'art, catalogue, Paris: Hermann, 2016

2016 – Sculpture by the sea Twelfth Annual Exhibition, catalogue, Perth, 2016

2016 – The Calder Prize 2005 - 2015, catalogue, London: Pace London, 2016

2015 – Invento: As Revoluções Que Nos Inventaram, catalogue, ed.: Joshua Decter, Sao Paulo, 2015

2015 – Sculpture by the sea, catalogue, Aarhus, 2015

2015 – Walk The Line: Neue Wege der Zeichnung, catalogue, ed.: Ralf Beil, Holger Broeker, Wolfsburg: Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 2015

2013 – Antigravity, catalogue, ed.: Hiroshi Yoshioka, Toyota: Toyota Municipal Museum of Art and Seigensha, 2013

2013 – Aline Cochard, “Žilvinas Kempinas”, in: Dynamo: un siècle de lumière et de mouvement dans l'art 1913-2013, ed.: Serge Lemoine, Aline Cochard, Paris: RMN, 2013

2013 – Projections: vers d'autres mondes, catalogue, Les Sables d'Alene: Musèe de l'Abbaye Sainte-Croix, 2013

2013 – Turbulences II, catalogue, Brussels: Boghossian Foundation, 2013

2012 – Beaufort beeldenboek 01, 02, 03, 04, Ghent, 2012

2012 – Flying Carpets, catalogue, Rome: Drago, 2012

2012 – Prestige: Phantasmagoria Now, catalogue, Klaipėda: Klaipėdos kultūrų komunikacijų centras, 2012

2012 – Suhanya Raffel, “Zilvinas Kempinas: On Sculpture”, catalogue, in: Sculpture Is Everything: Contemporary Works from the Collection, Queensland: Gallery of Modern Art, 2012

2012 – Trait Papier, un essai sur le dessin contemporain, catalogue, Geneva: Musée des beaux-arts, 2012

2012 – Turbulences, catalogue, Espace culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2012

2012 – Yokohama Triennale 2011 Document, Tokyo, 2012

2011 – Höhenrausch.2: Brücken im Himmel, catalogue, ed.: Martin Sturm, Vienna, 2011

2011 – The Matter of Air, catalogue, Melbourne: Fitzroy, 2011

2011 – Who Runs The Space Now?, catalogue, Mexico City, 2011

2011 – Yokohama Triennale 2011. Our Magic Hour: How Much of the World Can We Know?, catalogue, Yokohama, 2011

2010 – Raúl Zamudio, Laura Rutkutė, City Without Walls. 2010 Liverpool Biennial, catalogue, 2010

2010 – Contemporary Art From Lithuania, catalogue, Frankfurt am Main, 2010

2010 – Futurity Now!, catalogue, Berlin, 2010

2010 – Lithuanian Art 2000 - 2010: Ten Years, catalogue, ed.: Linara Dovydaitytė, Renata Dubinskaitė, Asta Vaičiulytė, Vilnius: Contemporary Art Centre, 2010

2010 – On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, catalogue, ed.: David Frankel, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2010

2009 – +de realité, catalogue, Paris, 2009

2009 – Das Fundament der Kunst. Die Skulptur und ihr Sockel in der Moderne, catalogue, Heilbronn, 2009

2009 – Den omedelbar framtiden: Manon de Boer, Zilvinas Kempinas, Melvin Moti, catalogue, Lund: Lunds konsthall, 2009

2009 – Žilvinas Kempinas: Tube: Lithuanian Pavilion, 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, catalogue, ed.: Mark Orange, Laura Rutkutė, Laima Kreivytė, Vilnius: Galerija Vartai, 2009

2009 – Fare mondi: 53. Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, catalogue, Venice, 2009

2009 – “Žilvinas Kempinas”, in: Now Jump: Inaugural Festival of the Nam June Paik Art Center, catalogue, Nam June Paik Art Center: Yongin, 2009

2009 – Romantische Maschinen. Kinestische Kunst der Gegenwart, catalogue, ed.: Marc Wellmann, Berlin: Georg-Kolbe-Museum, 2009

2008 – Žilvinas  Kempinas, catalogue, Kunsthalle Wien, ed.: Gerald Matt, Vienna, 2008

2008 – Permutations/40 artistes 01 musée vide, catalogue, Valence: Musée des beaux-arts et d'archéologie, 2008

2007 – Collected Visions: Modern and Contemporary Works from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, catalogue, Istanbul: Pera Museum, 2007

2007 – Interviews 2, ed.: Gerald Matt, Cologne : Walther König, 2007

2005 – Erika Grigoravičienė, “Kartotė be pirmavaizdžio: referentinio sąlyčio paradigma”, in: Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis 39, Vilnius: Vilniaus dailės akademijos leidykla, 2005

2002 – Lietuvos dailės istorija, ed.: Alfonsas Andriuškevičius, Vilnius: Vilniaus dailės akademijos leidykla, 2002

1999 – Lithuanian Art 1989-1999: The Ten Years, catalogue, ed.: Kęstutis Kuizinas, Lolita Jablonskienė, Vilnius: Contemporary Art Centre, 1999

1999 – Prague Quadrennial 1999: 9th International Exhibition of Stage Design and Theatre Architecture, catalogue, Prague, Prague 1999

1998 – Alfonsas Andriuškevičius, 72 lietuvių dailininkai - apie dailę, Vilnius: Vilniaus dailės akademijos leidykla, 1998

1998 – After Painting, catalogue, ed.: Lolita Jablonskienė, Vilnius: Contemporary Art Centre, 1998

1997 – Alfonsas Andriuškevičius, Lietuvių dailė: 1975 – 1995, Vilnius: Vilniaus dailės akademijos leidykla, 1997

1997 – Footnotes: Contemporary Art from Lithuania, catalogue, Reykjavik: Kjarvalsstaðir, Listasafn Reykjavikur, 1997

1995 – Lithuanian Art, catalogue, Vilnius: Contemporary Art Centre, 1995

1995 – For Beauty, catalogue, Vilnius: Contemporary Art Centre, 1995

1995 – Recent Documents: New tendencies in Lithuanian Art, catalogue, Chicago, 1995


2017 – Neringa Černiauskaitė, “Reviews.  Zilvinas Kempinas”, in: Artforum, 2017-04

2017 – Odrija Fišere, “The process itself becomes an art piece: An interview with Lithuanian artist Žilvinas Kempinas“, in: Arterritory, 2017-18-01 

2016 – Lizzie Lloyd, “Reviews Exhibitions. Zilvinas Kempinas”, in: Art Monthly, Nr. 401, 2016-11

2014 – Faye Hirsch, “Previews. Forces of Nature: Zilvinas Kempinas”, in: Art in America, 2014-05-09

2010 – Eleanor Heartney, “Žilvinas Kempinas”, in: Art in America, 2010-11-06

2010 – Ben Davis, “Roll Tape”, in: artnet, 2010-09-28

2009 – Neringa Černiauskaitė, “Žilvinas Kempinas”, in: Flash Art International, no. 269, 2009

2009 – Laura Mclean-Ferris, “Caught on Tape”, in: Art Review, 2009

2009 – Peter Simpson, “'Double O' Is the New Conceptual Jewel in the National Gallery's Crown”, in: Ottawa Citizen, 2009-09-21

2009 – Franz Thalmair, “Žilvinas Kempinas”, in: Kunstforum, vol. 195, 2009

2009 – Selina Ting, “Žilvinas Kempinas on Sculpture, Sensation, Space and Time”, in: initiArt Magazine, 2009-09-16

 2008 – Frédéric Bonnet, “Paroles d'Artistes. Žilvinas Kempinas”, in: Le Journal des Arts, no. 285, 2008-07-02

2008 – Matthias Dusini, “Mondspaziergang mit Magnetbändern”, in: Falter, no. 44, 2008-10-31

2008 – Anne Katrin Fessler, “Magnetband tanz zum Surren von Ventilatoren”, in: Der Standard, 2008-11-03

2008 – Kinga German, “Die Magie des langweiligen Raums”, in: Badisches Tagblatt, 2008-12-17

2008 – Veronica Roberts, “Interview with Žilvinas Kempinas”, in: Museo Magazine, vol. 10, 2008

2008 – Nicole Scheyerer, “27 Kilometer Band, 10.000 Nägel”, in: Die Presse, 2008-12-06

2008 – Edith Schlocker, “Video-bänder, die Tanzen können”, in: Tiroler Tageszeitung, 2008-11- 06

2008 – “Le prix Calder, tremplin d'artistes”, in: Pratique des Arts, no. 81, 2008

2007 – Michael Amy, “Žilvinas Kempinas at Spencer Brownstone”, in: Art in America, 2007

2007 – Raminta Jurėnaitė, “Tiršta tuštuma”, in: Kultūros Barai, no.10, 2007

2007 – Linda Lee, “The Action at the Fairs”, in: Florida InsideOut, 2007

2007 – Alfred Pacquement, “Art Basel Miami Beach: Le rendez-vous de tout les excès”, in: Le Journal des Arts, no. 250, 2007-01-05

2007 – Mark Rappolt, “Žilvinas Kempinas. Future Greats: 25 Artists You Need To Know”, in: Art Review, 2007

2006 – Christopher Mason, “The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse”, in: Art Basel Miami Beach Magazine, 2006

2006 – Roberta Smith, “Art in Review;  Žilvinas Kempinas”, in: The New York Times, 2006-02-10

2003 – Daniel Kuntz, “Confusion in Diversity”, in: The New York Sun, 2003-05-22