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Benas Poderis exhibition "Relations (un)fold"

 

This year on 12th of January on 7 PM we invite you to Benas Poderis exhibition/art project „Relations (un)fold“ opening !

Between earth and space, between human and extraterrestrial being, only an abstract, infinite space in which the concept of matter and the perception of time disappears. Millisecond, in which so many and so few happens. What will happen next? What has happened already? „Relations (un)fold“ " are intimidating by its uncertainty, but at the same time attracting by unknown, which reveals an incomprehensible, (un)fold peculiarity. 

The guest of the GRAFO gallery, Benas Poderis, opens a debut personal exhibition representing his newest artworks. Exhibition will be until 3rd of February 2018.

Partners:
UAB “Orion Asset Management” 
Champagne MOUTARD
2H.ART

 


 

Martynas Pekarskas exhibition "PIXELATE"

Project “XOXO form young blood” curated by GRAFO gallery currently represents painter Martynas Pekarskas (b. 1994) of young Lithuanian artist’s generation. His cycle “Squares” now is exhibited in exhibition “Pixelate” in business factory B Nordic 26 (J. Basanavičiaus st. 26, Vilnius).

“One square represents the whole canvas – whole canvas is just a pixel of the whole picture. Rational format of the pixel is the only rule, that lets go the intuitive decisions of color. It‘s a rule or method, indicating the edges and the process, that challenge borders. It is an abstraction by itself as well as a digital expression of the same. It is a rendered human filter, which leads from the physical reality to an electronic space and all the way back. One square – one solid pixel, has uncountable pixels in itself.” – says Martynas Pekarskas about his artworks.

In his new artworks form cycle „Squares“ Martynas Pekarskas rethinks the comprehension of the image and its very concept by transforming elements of digital image into abstraction of the shapes and colors. Mathematically calculated format of image and constant repetition of exact form - square/pixel - are offset by expressive and unequal brushstrokes. They create a unique ornamental field on the surface of canvas, which frees the viewer's sight from identification of the digital space. The harmony between contrasting colors and play of brushstrokes allows to understand the essence of color and light. Constant monotony of same form lets perceive the value of fragment in the entirety.

Martynas Pekarskas is a first year master student of fresco - mosaic specialty at Vilnius University of Arts in MTSK department. Artist was a participant in many group exhibitions and art projects in Lithuania. During past year he had three personal exhibitions and now the forth personal exhibition “Pixelate” will be exposed in business factory B Nordic 26 till 13th of February of 2018. 

 

 


 

G|R|A|F|O‘X – mas Christmas auction of art

 

This year on 9th of December G|R|A|F|O gallery is organizing firs Christmas art auction. While the most beautiful holidays in the year is coming and also G|R|A|F|O second birthday we want to thank You for all communication and cooperation, for being together and desire to know more. We thank and invite you to festive auction „G|R|A|F|O‘X – mas which may bring celebration not only for you but also for your relatives.

In auction we will represent GRAFO artists who are young but already well known Lithuanian contemporary art panorama – Aistis Kavaliauskas, Živilė Minkutė, Algimantas Černiauskas and Eglė Pilkauskaitė. In auction also will participate graphic artist Dalia Juodakytė – participant of project "X|O|X|O from young blood" and the main accent of the evening – bright and well known in all over the world Andy Warhol and Sunday B Morning cooperation art piece – series of ten pieces of silkscreen prints „Marilyn Monroe“.

During the evening all visitors will be invited to try wine and champagne from exclusive wine suppliers in Lithuania "Magazin LT" – professional, youthful team which always searches and represents exclusive and unique shades in drinks area. Drinks that they represents are usually not in between popular production and its’ variety and rarity reminds of the world's finest stones – diamonds and astonishes by its own identity and uniqueness. Team which represents insolently refined taste invites to find something you already know and at the same time haven’t experienced yet.

Specialized cheese shop SAY CHEESE will take care of snacks. They guarantees the highest quality and exceptional flavors for all evening guests. Here you will  find some of the best and most interesting cheeses selected by cheese experts –  cheesemongers.

One of the aspects of the auction is also charity. Working with the Danish Chamber  of Commerce in Lithuania (DCC), we will present limited edition print of a painting  of the well-known Lithuanian artist Vilmantas Marcinkevičius. Print‘s future owner goodwill will attain  the Lithuanian  Kids Cancer Foundation.

Since the gallery can accept a limited number of guests during the auction, we kindly ask that you register for the event in advance by email: info@grafogalerija.lt

 

 


 

"Better than…" Christmas auction !

 

On 9th of November at 6 PM we invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Better than...”. In this exhibition we will exhibit art pieces that will be on auction “GRAFO’X-mas” which will be held in the beginning of December. 
In this exhibition we will present young and already well known GRAFO gallery artists - interdisciplinary art representatives Aistis Kavaliauskas and Eglė Pilkauskaitė, graphic artists Živilė Minkutė and Dalia Juodakytė and painter Algimantas Černiauskas. The main art piece in this exhibition and upcoming auction is Andy Warhol's and Sunday B. Morning co-operation masterpiece the cycle „Marilyn Monroe“ of ten silkscreen pieces.

Information about auction will be published shortly, for those who do not want to wait any longer please contact us by email – info@grafogalerija.lt 

 


 

GRAFO is inviting everyone to the guided tour through the exhibition “The Observer” which will be on 7th of October at 2PM at GRAFO gallery. Tour will be led by artist Aistis Kavaliauskas and curator of the exhibition Aistė Marija Grajauskaitė.


During the tour Aistė Marija Grajauskaitė will tell how the idea for the exhibiton was born and how it developed. Aistis Kavaliauskas will share his secrets of creative process - You will hear what inspires him, how this inspiration becomes an artwork and by which techniques and ways of expression he realizes ideas. Also artist will share with us who really is the Oserver?

Aistis Kavaliauskas (1991) is a representative artist of the young generation who creates visual arts in various forms. Usually working with spatial objects and collages, currently he works with conceptual graphics, contemporary sculpture, painting and installations. During studies the character of city in artist works has developed itself and till today is important for narratives of art. In artworks artist explores the urban character through constantly changing structures of social and physical levels. Various situations ongoing in the city which have different variety of visual expressions, are the main factors that interests the artist. 

We will meet you at GRAFO gallery on 7th of October at 2 PM.

 

 


 

In the project “XOXO from Young Blood„ which represents young artists from Lithuania and abroad, GRAFO gallery currently presents graphic artist Dalia Juodakytė. You can visit exhibition at DUBLIS restaurant (Traku st. 14, Vilnius) until 11th of October.

In exhibition “S. S. “ Dalia Juodakytė presents artworks from two series – cycle of silkscreen prints “The Feast Of Olympus“ and cycle of paintings titled “S.S.“. Series “S.S. “is based on principles of spontaneity. In the process of creation artist consciously avoided harmony and any predictability. Everything was done so that no movement would become tendentious and the viewer would be able to dive into surrealism of colors and forms. As Dalia Juodakytė says: “Partly this way of painting is a kind of philosophy that resonates with questions which often comes to everyone’s mind: who am I? What to do in my life? What is life? What is happening? These artworks can be the answer.”

Silkscreen series “The Feast Of Olympus“ is based on real, existent antique sculptures. Main purpose of these artworks is to “awaken” gypsum sculptures and convey the spirit of the feast. This festival is enriched with erotic and light flavor of sinfulness. And in the corner as if alive reproach sits „Moses“sculpture made by Michelangelo. As opposite to the rhythm of antique aesthetics the viewer finds strange and ungainly details which add to the artwork frivolity and playfulness. It destroys and supplements at the same time.


 

Aistis Kavaliauskas exhibition “The Observer” will be opened on 1st of September at 6 PM at GRAFO gallery.

Aistis Kavaliauskas (1991) is a representative artist of the young generation who creates visual arts in various forms. Usually working with spatial objects and collages, currently he works with conceptual graphics, contemporary sculpture, painting and installations. During studies the character of city in artist works has developed itself and till today is important for narratives of art. In artworks artist explores the urban character through constantly changing structures of social and physical levels. Various situations ongoing in the city which have different variety of visual expressions, are the main factors that interests the artist. 

Aistis Kavaliauskas art at the first sight looks simple, as if it articulates nothing or doesn‘t articulate anything. In the canvas of „Theatre of Shadows“ the viewer sees paradox of simplicity which opens opportunity for deeper dialogue.  By using „Theatre of Shadows“ as a metaphor and the paradox of unveiling and hiding shadows give us the opportunity to experience and see aesthetics of real and surreal worlds. As Aistis Kavaliauskas says - „the harmony between shadows of theatrical illustrations and urbanistic aesthetics of walls creates new perception of the view, which invites to interpret the visible view while seeing just the fragment“.

The observer of Aistis Kavaliauskas art works can find himself in unlimited time and space. This feeling is caused by modern, XXI century and street art forms, symbols and stories which are not only impacting artist by itself but also are still questionable in art world because of its’ historical narratives (constant questions if street art is real art or more like social action). The viewer is led to feel as if one is in constantly changing and dynamic space.

In first solo exhibition titled “Stebėtojas | The Observer” Aistis Kavaliauskas contrasts intimate (home space) and public (street) spaces interests and combines contemporary painting tradition which talks about sociality and art space synthesis in every step. With art works that are exposed at current exhibition artist is considering a power glance and its inner dynamics. Why sometimes we are feeling observed though we are alone in safe environment? Why some glances are making us feel relaxed and calm and some on the contrary create inner anxiety? In the woods that Aistis Kavaliauskas observes we aren’t the ones who are seeing woods but woods are watching us. Already by stepping into the space of gallery artist is greeting us with his own words and as if with it gives tune that The Observer is living charater. And only we have to choose will we be monitored or will we become observers.

Exhibition curated by Aistė Marija Grajauskaitė

The exhibition will be held until 24th of October.

 


 

GRAFO gallery will be closed on 7 - 11th of June. On 8 - 11th of June we will be in ArtVilnius'17 art fair in Litexpo exhibitions pavilion. Our stand nr. - 5.30

For visiting the gallery, please contact the number +37062296433

 


 

GRAFO gallery at contemporary art fair ArtVilnius'17

GRAFO gallery is inviting everyone to the Contemporary Art Fair ArtVilnius'17, at Litexpo exhibition pavilion on 8- 11th of June ! Our stand nr. is 5.30.

This year at ArtVilnius'17 art fair GRAFO gallery is representing the newest artworks of Živilė Minkutė and Eglė Pilkauskaitė. Although two artists from the youngest generation are working in different fields and to express themselves are using different art languages their creation is laded with simplicity and levity that is gravely articulated. Narratives going from confusing world of emotions to aesthetic beauty of crumbling will be reflected in the unseen, reduced form of reality models. Artworks will extend definitions of painting, graphics and sculptures by itself beingness.

We will see You in ArtVilnius'17 !

 


 

 

The GRAFO gallery and restaurant DUBLIS are inviting you to the Art Dinner!

 

DUBLIS restaurant team with Tadas Kučinskas in front line and GRAFO gallery artist Indra Marcinkevičienė will change perception and the idea of dinner from now on. 

ART DINNER – is an evening in which there will be improvised tour of five courses in the food and art labyrinth, special taste and image discoveries on the plates as well as in the gallery premises followed by the charismatic comments of Indra Marcinkevičienė and Tadas Kučinskas. The wine of the evening will be taken care by DUBLIS restaurant team. 

The dinner will be: on June 10, 2017, at GRAFO, Trakų g. 14, Vilnius.
Time: 7 to 10 PM
Participation fee: 100 EUR

Advance reservation required at: guste@grafogalerija.lt


 

Exhibition "Dviguba | Double" of artists Indra Marcinkevičienė and Algimantas Černiaukas

On 10th of May, at 6.30 PM GRAFO invites everyone to the opening of the exhibition "Dviguba | Double" of Indra Marcinkevičienė and Algimantas Černiauskas !

Indra Marcinkevičienė (1969)
In artist‘s Indra Marcinkevičienė artworks the viewer can feel a strong symbiosis between colour and feeling. Having ability to skillfully control colours artist varies palette of various shades. Gracefully and discreetly in one peace going from one shade to another she creates controlled dance of 30 different colours on one surface. These colours she uses to convey symbolic ideas and visualize emotions which is hard to verbalize.
The eggs is a main motif of the artworks – pano - that are exhibited. Here it symbolizes perfection, beauty, productivity and eternity. Since Greek times egg was related with symbol of cosmos, life and fertility which in these artworks works as a reference to magic and endless power source. While using these colours artist proves coexistence between infinity and perfection in this way transforming egg shape into original and aesthetic object. 
Two colours – blue and red – here reflects not only traditional elements of water and fire. Blue colour here is masterly combined with green which convey and demonstrate tranquility, soft water flowing and cyclic nature. Red is combustion of creativity, expression of strong emotions like love and hate. It‘s permanent flaming, desire to move on or just brilliant perpetuum mobile. And this is how classical symbolic image and rhetoric of colour connects into one single unit which represents symbolic sense of eternity.

Algimantas Černiauskas (1988)
By being professional in academic drawing, painter from the young Lithuanian generation Algimantas Černiauskas are exceptional not only because he has a core of academical way of thinking but because artist have a sense of spacetime. All surfaces of his canvases where he combines colorful painting creates very affecting space which as if being parallel and autonomous becomes like live organism. Skillfully managing big formats, abundance of oil paints and palette of refreshing colours artist brings the viewer to the old Lithuanian painting school where he explores the heritage of Lithuanian modernism. 
Černiauskas has ability to masterly manage abstract language. Often he links it with all kind of musical references and in this way he sets free his plastic, expressive brushstrokes. Canvases full of intellectual irony, sarcasm and playfulness reveals artist’s critical way of looking into nowadays, existence and his need to question hermeneutics of world we are surrounded by and the meaning of art. 
In his artworks Algimantas Černiauskas rethinks the perception of surface, colour and rhythm. While seeking to explore the structure of painting he combines rhetoric of neomodernism ideas with contemporary perception of decorativeness. Limitless abundance of oil paint and its multilayers distort perception of artwork’s surfaces and opens new space for viewer’s existential researches.

 


 

 

Excursion through the exhibition “Unbearable simplicity of being | Nepakenčiamas būties lengvumas” 

GRAFO is inviting everyone to the excursion through the exhibition “Unbearable simplicity of being | Nepakenčiamas būties lengvumas” which will be held on 7th of April at 6 PM at GRAFO gallery. Excursion will be led by the artists Eglė Pilkauskaitė and Živilė Minkutė and curator of the exhibition Aistė Marija Grajauskaitė.

During the excursion Aistė Marija Grajauskaitė will tell how the idea for the exhibiton was born and how it developed. Artists Eglė Pilkauskaitė and Živilė Minkutė will share their secrets of creative process - You will hear what inspires them, how this isnpiration becomes artworks and by which techniques and ways of expression they realize ideas.

Eglė Pilkauskaitė (1989) in her artworks pays a lot of attention to the process. She does not separates creation process from art work final expression by itself but vice versa - prominence process by giving to it priority. In organic and natural forms that you can find in art works author is talking about deconstruction, crumbling and disintegration that is in our surrounding and she is proposing to perceive it through sense of art. Although in her art works it is possible to find features of self-reflection most likely the philosophical point of view and multi-layeredness for her art is more important. Main feature for art of Eglė Pilkauskaitė is to balance on thinnest line between aesthetical limit of beauty and ugliness and on the same time to observe how autonomously materials that are used in art process of creation operates without interfering of artist. 

There are two options of perspective of how Živilė Minkutė's (1990) works can be seen: either as if it is a sentimental author’s status or as if it is attempt to cause emotions for the viewer. It seems like in the middle of thoughtful coincidence in her artworks (which is precisely considered) Žvilė Minkutė consciously, although briefly, is seeking to disturb all viewers relationship with their routine while making them to think about everyday experiences, moods and situations. In artist’s artworks everyone can conceive self reflection details, references to self identity researches, existence and relation with surrounding reflections. The artist usually talks indirectly and uses all kinds of references. She creates imaginary narratives and transforms daily life to a form of art.

GRAFO invites all of You to spend Your friday evening more interesting !

Exhibition will be held until 2017 04 21

 


 

The GRAFO gallery and restaurant DUBLIS are inviting you to the Art Dinner! 

 

DUBLIS guest chef Tadas Eidukevičius characterized by qualited taste experiments at palette of flavors and GRAFO galleries artists Živilė Minkutė and Eglė Pilkauskaitė, will change perception and extend the idea of supper.

ART DINNER – is an evening in which there will be waiting for you improvised tour of five courses in the food and art labyrinth, special taste and image discoveries on the plates as well as in the gallery premises followed by the charismatic comments of Živilė Minkutė, Eglė Pilkauskaitė and Tadas Eidekavičius. The wine of the evening will be taken care by gastronomic journalist Jūratė Sprindžiūnaitė, and side dish of art history will be served by art critic Aistė M. Grajauskaitė.

The dinner will be: on May 24, 2017, at GRAFO, Trakų g. 14, Vilnius.

Time: 7 to 10 PM

Participation fee: 100 EUR

Advance reservation required at: guste@grafogalerija.lt 

 


 

Živilė Minkutė's and Eglė Pilkauskaitė's duet exhibition 

“Unbearable simplicity of being |Nepakenčiamas būties lengvumas" 

Exhibition “Unbearable simplicity of being |Nepakenčiamas būties lengvumas" brings up to day light and presents lithuanian artists of young generation Živilė Minkutė and Eglė Pilkauskaitė creation work.

Although both artists are working in different fields and to express themselves are using different art languages while watching observer understands that for them art is inherent the same look. Alike emotionality laded with simplicity and levity that is gravely articulated. 

In esthetics of white, pristine and unblemished entaurage artists are questioning monad of being and although both are using different art languages in this exhibition they launch dialogue about beingness. This dialogue is about seemingly deceptively clear expanse that breaths in ethereality but however appearing severity, acuity and sharpness in the same expanse. Creation for both of artists fling opens as a game in which appears space and in it – space – visible and created objects becomes subjects and constantly vanishes in active presence. 

By creating art works artists are opening up them in visual semiotics which means that Živilė Minkutė’s and Eglė Pilkauskaitė’s art is becoming readable as text about mundane life. By using objects or imaged emotional universes artists are transforming pieces into models of reduced reality. And then we - as viewers - have to compensate and fill it up the left open spaces and pieces of that mentioned expanse. In art pieces we are able to find prevailing narratives from different emotional universes till ruins and aesthetical beauty of crumbling. Because of itself false simplicity all art pieces demands attentive, sensitive and outright view.

As if graphic lines swamped with water and dipping into conjoining emotional universes or as black objects emerging from blazingly white sphere creates oddy, not named yet aesthetics and extends definitions of painting, graphics and sculptures by itself beingness.

 

Curator of exhibition | Aistė M. Grajauskaitė

Exhibition time - 2017 03 02 - 2017 04 21

 


 

Group exhibition

„The Metaphysical Muse | Metafizinė mūza” 

 

GRAFO gallery’s group exhibition „The Metaphysical Muse | Metafizinė mūza” main idea is based on the reaction of observer-viewer one-sided position, focusing on the attention,that it is essential not only the artist, but also the viewer’s outlook to the work of art in order for it to have the effect.
 
It is the presence of the observer, that defines the effect of the work of art and it’s power, while the other by a random and unregulated manner inspires the viewer to experience emotions of evoked memories. This way, the emerging metaphysical conversation between the artist, the viewer and the work of art itself gives the opportunity not only to supplement, but also cooperate. The conceptual knowing of what is illustrated in each work of art, is occurring as much as the observer is letting it to occur. Precisely the moment of observer-viewer’s sight gives the work a relative independency from the creator’s aesthetic views. In other words, every each of us, while looking at the work of art, will find more ideas, feelings and narratives, than what the artist himself wanted to convey with his piece.
 
This exhibition is set to have two stages of exposition changes. The first stage is greeting the viewer on the exhibition‘s opening, that is December 11th, 2016 and second change will occur on January 18th, 2017. Both parts of exhibitions and art works in it will work organically and autonomous, independend from one another, but at the same time complementing one another minding it‘s combined concept‘ nature.
 
The exhibition have participants from various countries: Anders W. Ø. Larsen (DK), Gaston Ugalde (BL), Genti Korini (AL), Martin Liebscher (DE), Paul McDevitt (GB), Peter Bond (DK), Sofie Bird Møller (DK), Trine Søndergaard (DK), Tjorg Douglas Beer (DE).
 
Exhibition‘s curator Aistė M. Grajauskaitė.
Exhibition time - 2016 12 11 – 2017 02 25
 

 

 

Group exhibition

„IN THE LIGHT OF CONTEMPORARY DANISH PAINTING"

 
 
A skillful control of nature’s light, the playfulness of bright colour and lines with a keynote of Spanish menina’s,cold and whiffling futurism with a  concept of modern city-this is how Danish paintings looks today.

 

It’s no secret that the art, produced by Scandinavian countries, is rarely analyzed or even seen in Lithuania, and the Danish paintings have a siginificant role in its field.
Until the XIX mid-century the Danish school, full of various influences, unknown for the most of Europe, was newly discovered again towards the end of XXth century. There is a significant progression from a nationalistic towards the internationalistic painting style, which opened not only many doors to the international art marked, but also established a unique danish style. Being capable of keeping the traditions and to continue developing distinctive style, distinguished with its control of scandinavian light, and to fullfil with its own nation‘s emocion, the Danish painters are well known around the world. 
Contemporary art gallery GRAFO is proud showcase three well-known Danish painters, not only in Scandinavian countries but also in whole World. For the first time in Lithuania for the exquisite art lovers and fanciers a group exhibition “In The light of contemporary Danish painting | šiuolaikinės danų tapybos šviesoje” will bring three artists - Carsten Frank, Christina Blaabjerg, Bentemarie Kjeldbæk.
The gallery has no doubt that each of us- from art collector to art lover, everyone will be able to find something akin to oneself, because the unique style of this counry painted art is well-known in the contemporary art wold whole world for a good cause.
 
 
Exhibition time: 2016-10-01 - 2016-10-08
 
 

 

New exhibition of danish artist Kristian Vodder Svensson

 

 

"In his latest artworks – done with acrylic paint on canvas – he creates floating worlds, very detailed and inviting to explore. What you see and how you interpret what is seen, is entirely up to the individual which also is the reason why Kristian Vodder Svensson never give his works titles. Without any doubt, the paintings show beautiful visions, bursting with poetry and adventure just waiting to begin"
- Trine Ross

Kristian Vodder Svenson presents his latest works, painted specifically for the exhibition in Vilnius, in GRAFO gallery. By the opening of the exhibition, the artist is going to paint another artwork. Visitors will be able to watch the painting process.

Exhibition opening: September 1., 18:00
Exhibition time: 2016-09-01 - 2016-10-08

Performance time: August 29 - September 1.

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Weekend wine!

Friday 27th of May - between 16.00 and 20.00 - Grafo Galerija invites you and your friends to take advantage of our 20% “bottle change discount”. 
30 different collectors fine wines will be “served by the glass” from our newly installed wine bottle dispenser.
We are Looking forward to see you

 


 

 EMOCIJA | EMOTION

Paroda | The Exhibition

Menininkai | Artists:

Thomas Andersson – Danija; Sabine Beyerle – Danija; Mette Maya Gregersen – Danija; Henriette Hellstern – Danija; Marius Martinussen – Norvegija; John Reuss – Danija; Paul Smulders – Olandija; Ole Tersløse – Danija; Kristian Vodder Svensson – Danija, Vilmantas Marcinkevičius – Lietuva, Nerijus Erminas – Lietuva.

 


 

 

 

GRAFO.

THE NEW GALLERY IN THE HEART OF VILNIUS.

 

 

Gallery G|R|A|F|O opened its doors to the public on December 3, 2015. The gallery is located in the 400 square meters cellar of a building with a rich history. Gallery’s exhibition policy is orientated into the contemporary art of Scandinavian and Northern European countries and seeks to reflect its main tendencies as well as at times to present some of the Lithuanian artists. Cherishing the values of the former building owners, the noblemen Radvilos of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, gallery G|R|A|F|O organises not only the meetings with art gourmands and experts, art education activities but also wine tasting events. The cellars of Radvilos residence, that are famous for their 18th century freedom of thought, culture and aristocratic taste, invite you to discover contemporary aristocratic values and to create together new good taste traditions.

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Gallery.

 
Gallery G|R|A|F|O opened its doors to the public on December 3, 2015. The gallery is located in the 400 square meters cellar of a building with a rich history. Gallery’s exhibition policy is orientated into the contemporary art of Scandinavian and Northern European countries and seeks to reflect its main tendencies as well as at times to present some of the Lithuanian artists. Cherishing the values of the former building owners, the noblemen Radvilos of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, gallery G|R|A|F|O organises not only the meetings with art gourmands and experts, art education activities but also wine tasting events. The cellars of Radvilos residence, that are famous for their 18th century freedom of thought, culture and aristocratic taste, invite you to discover contemporary aristocratic values and to create together new good taste traditions.
 
 

History.

What presently is going on at Trakų Street 14, may be called the rebirth of the genius loci – spirit of the place – or a magic miracle of the ancient Vilnius. This is a story of noble taste, tradition and art of celebrating life. It lasts for almost 500 years...
 
The story goes... A mansion could be found in this place back in the 16th century. It was known that the building on the fashionable street of Vilnius belonged to the honourable families of Oginskis and Tiškevičius, and in the 18th century it became home for the Radvila, famous for their exclusive tastes, free thinking and abundant riches. The Radvila family was one of the most influential and interesting noble families in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It was widely know as a family of diplomats, bold solders and Maecenas, as well as beautiful ladies (one of them even made the King lose his head for her). Many of the Radvila were curious travellers and art connoisseurs bringing pieces of art and brand new western European fashions of wine, food, outfit and lifestyles to Lithuania.
 
One of the Radvila was Teofilija Radvilaitė Morawska, who lived here, in the mansion at Trakų St. 14. She was a true Lady, art connoisseur, passionate collector and organiser of most luxurious parties in Vilnius at the time. She broke with traditions whenever they were not advantageous to her. Who could forbid her to marry for love back in her time? Or to get a drink of excellent wine all alone? The story goes when the servants refused to serve wine to a lonely lady, she took an axe and broke into a cupboard containing the wine she wished to drink. Then she poured in a glass, took a sip and smiled at herself.
 
Teofilija’s son Dominykas received excellent education and learnt from his mom to value strong women. He married an actress, Marija Korvelytė Morawska, who in some time became a head of the Theatre of Vilnius that was prospering at the time, and a hostess of the palace. Up to the 19th century the mansion was the place of attraction for nobility, who appreciated art, fashion and exquisite taste. Here they discussed the fresh gossips of Vilnius, tasted rare wines and delicious food, talked about the newest fashions of western European capitals and, of course, theatre performances and art works. Could such a place disappear without any trace?
 
The Gallery GRAFO has serious claims to become an important cultural centre, a place of good taste, not limited to Lithuanian art only. Exhibitions by Scandinavian and North European artists, meetings with art connoisseurs and experts are planned in it. In such proximity of good art, talks will sound differently, new ideas will come into the world and a sip of exquisite wine will get its new tones – Teofilija Radvilaitė’s greetings to the present-day Vilnius residents.