Robertas Narkus Lithuanian, b. 1983
Robertas Narkus (b. 1983, Lithuania) is an interdisciplinary artist, he graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in photography and media art. The artist later continued his studies at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Narkus is an initiator and a host of experimental arts management and food organization “Autarkia”, founder of Vilnius institute of Pataphysics, experimental engineering camp “eeKūlgrinda” and platform for artists and private business cooperation “Vizionierius”.
Robertas Narkus describes his art practice as contingency management in changing economic circumstances. By hyperbolizing and lightly ironizing the existing nebulous neoliberal world systems of power, entangled by other mechanisms as well, and often generously using the tools they offer, Narkus creates his own unique new order. Leveraging existing systems of societal functioning, he uses them as strategies aimed at creating an aesthetic, relational, or performative product. His creative work can be understood as independent art objects, different media projects, or as a social sculpture as a whole. Narkus is an exceptional artist working with different genres and forms, and such hybridity and systematicity make his work uniquely linked to the systems in which it operates - the art world, the art market, and society itself.
Robertas Narkus’s solo exhibitions have been held at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, the David Dale Gallery in Glasgow, and the Tenderpixel art gallery in London. His works have also been presented in important group projects at the 12th Baltic Triennial, the 5th Marrakech Biennale, de Appel arts center in Amsterdam, and others. He was also selected to represent Lithuania at the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2022 with the project “Gut Feeling” in which he intends to set up a functioning cooperative combining artists, scientists, local Venetians and, small businesses.
Born 1983 in Vilnius, Lithuania
Lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania
2021 – MMCA Seoul at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (South Korea)
2020 – Nida art colony (Lithuania)
2018 – Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (United Kingdom)
2018 – Delfina Foundation Residency (United Kingdom)
2016 – Skaftel Art Center residency (Greece)
2014 – Performing Art Forum (France)
2013-2015 – Sandberg institute, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
2012 – Rupert project-based para-academic educational program (Lithuania)
2012 – Bregenz Kunsthaus residency program (Austria)
2010 – MA Photography and Media Art, Vilnius Academy of Arts (Lithuania)
2006 – BA Photography and Media Art, Vilnius Academy of Arts (Lithuania)
2004 – Exchange program at Turku Academy of arts (Finland)
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020 – Valdyba/The Board, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2019 – Prospect Revenge, David Dale gallery, Glasgow (Scotland)
2019 – Sphynx, Editorial project space, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2017 – Träger, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2017 – Guest, KIM?, Riga (Latvia)
2016 – Doghme, Neverland gallery, Amsterdam, (The Netherlands)
2015 – Easy CUTZ, Juliette Jongma gallery, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
2014 – Turbulence-3, Tenderpixel gallery, London (United Kingdom)
2012 – Red Herring / Lithuanian Art 2012, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 – XVII a., Autarkia, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2019 – I had amnesia once or twice, Polansky gallery, Prague (Czech Republic)
2018 – Waiting for Another Coming, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (Poland)
2018 – How can large mountains enter small ice, Delfina foundation, London (United Kingdom)
2018 – Artist film international (video screenings), Whitechapel gallery, London (United Kingdom), ‘Ballroom Marfa’ (USA)
2018 – Future is certain it’s the past which is unpredictable, Blaffer museum, Houston (USA)
2017 – Climbing Invisible Structures/Lipti nematomomis struktūromis, Akershus art center, Lillestrøm (Norway)
2016 – Žilvitis, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2016 – The Economy is Spinning, Unfold online platform
2015 – XII Baltic Triennial, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2015 – Spell to Spelling - Spelling to Spell, de Apple Art center, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
2015 – A Day in a Life of Thomas, Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
2015 – Making sense, Juliette Jongma Gallery, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
2015 – Vienna Contemporary 2015, Vienna (Austria)
2015 – Artissima 2015, Torino (Italy)
2014 – Exlibris for a library not yet began, Podium (Oslo)
2014 – a Cab, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens (Greece)
2014 – Elusive Earths, Etablissement d' En Face Projects, Brussels (Belgium)
2014 – WeberWoche, Stroom Den Haag art center, Hague (The Netherlands)
2014 – Unanswered Q, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2014 – Father can’t You See I’m Burning?, De Appel Art Center, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
2014 – Porn for the Blind, Juliette Jongma Gallery, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
2014 – Marrakech biennale 5th edition, Half Hotel, Marrakech (Morocco)
2013 – ANNE, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2013 – FAST FLUX, Studio - X, New York (USA)
2013 – Part of the bigger whole, Twelve star gallery, London (United Kingdom)
2013 – Usue Arieta & Vicente Vazquez, Lisi-Humerlee gallery, Bregenz (Austria)
2012 – Generation of the the Place: Image, Memory and Fiction, Tallinn Kunsthalle, Tallinn (Estonia)
2011 – Spheres of Power/ tension and exchange, GlogauAIR, Berlin (Germany)
2010 – Moscow Biennale for Young Art, MMOMA, Moscow (Russia)
2010 – Illusion of inclusion, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2008 – Young Lithuanian art gallery, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris (France)
2008 – Lithuanian Art ’08: Photography, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2008 – Made in China, International festival of photography, Lodz (Poland)
2008 – Media arts festival ENTER, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2008 – Down to the rabbit’s hole. Meeting the familiar, Rael Artel gallery, Tartu (Estonia)
2007 – Ciurlionis 2024, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (Lithuania)
Lewben Art Foundation, Vilnius, Lithuania
Kiasma museum collection
2014 – ‘Young Artist Award’ from Ministry of Culture of Lithuania
2013 – State Scholarship for the artist by Ministry of Culture of Lithuania
2010 – Vilnius City Mayor award for emerging artists
STAND WITH UKRAINEAuction exhibition 26 Apr - 31 May 2022Photos by Audrius Solominas
L’ÉTREINTE - EMBRACEMENT – GLAMONĖGroup exhibition dedicated to the centenary of the birth of the famous Lithuanian modernist Antanas Mončys. 9 Sep - 5 Nov 2021Opening on 9 Septembe, 2021 at 6 PM 9 September – 5 November, 2021 Curators: Linas Bliškevičius and Yates Norton. Artists: Antanas Mončys and Arturas Bumšteinas, Viltė Bražiūnaitė & Tomas...
Robertas NarkusThe Board 10 Sep - 9 Oct 2020Robertas Narkus‘s solo exhibition “The Board” Curator Neringa Bumblienė 2020 09 10 – 2020 10 09 Robertas Narkus’s exhibition The Board presents the outcome of the artist’s creative processes throughout...
Summer ExpositionGroup exhibition 18 Jul - 31 Aug 2017Our gallery’s spaces have once again been filled with new works. We invite you to be our guest and join us on Tuesday at 6:00 pm to look around our...
Group show Žilvitis (Willow)25th Vartai gallery anniversary marking exhibition 19 Feb - 9 Apr 2016From its very establishment in 1991, Galerija Vartai has been a prominent cultural centre, attracting a wide and diverse following both within and outside Lithuania. In addition to exhibitions of...
Illusion of InclusionExhibition by artists from Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia 21 Apr - 28 May 2010Užbaigusi Europos kultūros sostinių šiuolaikinius menininkus pristačiusį projektą „ARTscape“ , galerija „Vartai“ imasi pristatyti trijų Baltijos šalių menininkus – trečiadienį, balandžio 21 d., 18 val. joje atidaroma paroda „ILLUSION OF...
Art Cologne 2022Representing Robertas Narkus and Dominykas Sidorovas 16 - 20 Nov 2022Galerija VARTAI at Art Cologne - Hall: 11.2 / Stand: A 300 16 - 20 November 2022 Represented artists: Robertas Narkus and Dominykas Sidorovas. Robertas...
Art Cologne 2021Representing Gabrielė Adomaitytė and Robertas Narkus 17 - 21 Nov 2021VISIT 3D VIRTUAL TOUR Galerija VARTAI at Art Cologne - Hall: 11.2 / Stand: D 41 17 - 21 November 2021 Represented artists: Gabrielė Adomaitytė...
Artissima 2015Turin, Italy 6 - 8 Nov 2015Presented artists: Žilvinas Kempinas Robertas NArkus VYTAUTAS VIRŽBICKAS Andrius Zakarauskas
viennacontemporary 2015Vienna, Austria 24 - 27 Sep 2015Presented artists: S&P STANIKAS VYTAUTAS VIRŽBICKAS LILLI THIESEN ANDRIUS ZAKARAUSKAS RŪTENĖ MERKLIOPAITĖ IGNAS KRUNGLEVIČIUS JULIJONAS URBONAS ROBERTAS NARKUS
2019 - Robertas Narkus, eeK 2014-2018: Eksperimentinės inžinerijos stovykla eeKūlgrinda, Kaunas: Six Chair books, 2019
2019 - After Leaving | Before Arriving, catalogue, ed.: Kotryna Žemaitytė, Kaunas: VšĮ Kauno bienalė, 2019
2018 - Linas Bliškevičius, "Robertas Narkus", in: VAA interview: art school, ed.: Jogintė Bučinskaitė, Vilnius: Vilniaus dailės akademijos leidykla, 2018
2017 - The Economy is Spinning, catalogue, ed.: Kris Dittel, Onomatopee, 2017
2015 - Unanswered Q, catalogue, Vilnius: Šiuolaikinio meno centras, 2015
2014 - WeberWoche, catalogue, The Netherlands: Stroom Den Haag, 2014
2013 - Lights on: gidas į šiuolaikinę Lietuvos jaunųjų fotografiją, ed.: Eglė Detuvaitė, Vilnius: Lietuvos fotomenininkų sąjunga, 2013
2011 - Generation of the Place: Image, Memory and Fiction in the Baltics, ed.: Vytautas Michelkevičius, catalogue, Vilnius: VšĮ Mene, 2011
Growing Out? Growing Up? Contemporary Art Collecting in the BalticsGroup exhibition at Zuzeum Art Centre in Riga June 15, 2022“Growing Out? Growing Up? Contemporary Art Collecting in the Baltics” exhibition at Zuzeum Art Centre in Riga introduces vibrant contemporary art collections in the Baltics...
Charity auction Stand With UkraineMay 2, 2022On May 5, Galerija Vartai and National volunteer support coordination center 'Strong Together' will hold a charity auction of contemporary art and design - STAND...
Robertas Narkus and Julijonas Urbonas at Art Encounters 2021Contemporary Art Biennial at Romania 1.10 - 7.11.2021 September 30, 2021We are pleased to announce that Robert Narkus and Julijonas Urbonas are participating in Art Encounters Biennial in Romania! Art Encounters creates a dynamic space...
Interview with Robertas Narkuson abstract stylist February 17, 2021Artist Robertas Narkus: I Love Creating Conflicts 'It's not like you could put Robertas Narkus creative work into one discipline or strategy – yes, there...
Robertas Narkus: Gut FeelingLithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale November 25, 2020Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Campo de le Gate Castello 3200 and 3206 30122 Venice Italy Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–7pm April 23–November 27, 2022 Vernissage:...
Interview with Robertas Narkuson artnews.lt September 29, 2020
ART COLOGNE 2021 TALKS - ROBERTAS NARKUS"How to push through (new ideas), when no one needs them?" December 16, 2021'How to push through (new ideas), when no one needs them?' Performance of Robertas Narkus, artist, Lithuania Following: artist talk moderated by Neringa Bumblienė, curator...
IGTV: Vartai UNLOCKED with Robertas NarkusGallery VARTAI presents new IGTV series of artists and collectors' interviews, studio visits and special edition videos November 13, 2020Latest reportage from the series 'Unlocked' in which Gallery VARTAI visits the studio of artist Robertas Narkus. With Robertas we talked about how full moon...