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"KAMPAS: the retrospection of Rimvidas Jankauskas’ (1957–1993) creation from the museums of Lithuania and private collections“

Date: 12 January 2018 00:00 - 04 March 2018 00:00


M. Žilinskas Art Gallery (Nepriklausomybės sq. 12, Kaunas)


The exhibition „KAMPAS: the retrospection of Rimvidas Jankauskas’ (1957–1993) creation from the museums of Lithuania and private collections“.

In Kaunas, after the 24-year break, the exhibition is held to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of one of the most prominent personalities in the art of Lithuania, a representative of the Generation of the Break, a member of the Angis Group Rimvidas Jankauskas-Kampas.

The outburst of Kampas’ painterly activity coincided with the start of the Restoration of the State’s Independence. The artist’s protest against formal official norms in late Soviet years has acquired various forms of artistic expression and manifested itself in a bright colour palette, large size of paintings and in his choice of a radical lifestyle.

R. Jankauskas-Kampas Neglected Synagogue, 1993

As a professional artist, Kampas has been active, all in all, only for six years, so the number of mature works from the Kaunas period is not relatively large.

Alongside with the best works which mark the culmination of the artist’s creation this retrospection combines works from the period at the Institute of Art disclosing his creative development in the authoritarian system as well as early works created at S. Žukas School of the Applied Art. The exhibition also displays Kampas’ notes, costume sketches and a poster for the performance of the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre Wolf Hunt.

Rimvidas Jankauskas-Kampas

Both, the artist’s letters to his relatives and the diary notes deny the established myth as if Kampas was a spontaneous artist. Going deeper into the painter’s reflections we discover Rimvidas as a systematic creator strictly analysing his formal palette and plastic expression, and as an extremely critical artist. Self-reflections, considerations, analysis of the creative process have turned to the idea of disclosing the artist’s oeuvre at a glance of the artist himself.

The exhibition comprises over 100 paintings and graphic works from 5 Lithuanian museums and private collections. The works of art have been kindly lent by 23 private persons, by galleries and institutions.


Curator of the exhibition: Genovaitė Vertelkaitė-Bartulienė.

Organizer: M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art

Partner: Mo Museum

The exhibition has been partially supported: the Lithuanian Council for Culture

Sponsor of the museum: Ellex Valiunas Law Firm


The exhibition works: 12 01 2018 – 04 03 2018