ARCOlisboa 2024

ARCOlisboa 2024  |  23–26 05 2024
Meno Parkas Gallery  |  Opening  |  Booth OP15
Cordoaria Nacional (Av. da Índia 1300-598 Lisbon, Portugal)


On May 23-26, Meno Parkas Gallery for the second time will participate at the contemporary art fair "ARCOlisboa" in Portugal. The works of well-known artists Patricija Jurkšaitytė and Gintautas Trimakas will be presented in the special section - "Opening", curated by Luiza Teixeiro de Freitas and Chus Martínez. 

In a world where time seems to slip through our fingers Patricija Jurkšaitytė and Gintautas Trimakas create a dialogue that transcends the physical and temporal boundaries. The central axis of Meno Parkas Gallery exposition embodies time, space, and the delicate balance between preservation and transformation. With both artists offering a distinct perspective that encapsulates the incomprehensible nature of temporality.

In Patricija Jurkšaitytė's (b. 1968) paintings canvas is a silent witness to dead landscapes, empty spaces, and cities devoid of life. Rooms stand cleared of people, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in a profound emptiness that resonates with the fragility of derelict places. Her masterful deconstruction of interiors and landscapes are not just snapshots frozen in history; they transcend temporal confines. In a world threatened by conflicts, Jurkšaitytė's works becomes a powerful reminder of the need to preserve the sanctity of our collective past, capturing their transient beauty and urging us to resist the erasure of cultural memory in the face of adversity.

Gintautas Trimakas (b. 1958), on the other hand, approaches the theme by capturing the transient moments with light. His process not only captures the passage of light but also encapsulates the intangible essence of time, freezing it in a visual continuum that evolves and changes, akin to the fluidity of time itself. His photographs become a testament to the importance of each day, holding onto the fleeting beauty that surrounds us. In an era where maintaining spaces for artistic expression is increasingly challenging, Trimakas offers a unique perspective. By freezing the ever-changing play of light, he emphasizes the significance of holding onto what we still have - the ephemeral yet enduring moments that define our existence.

Their selection is a deliberate embrace of this paradoxical concept - the simultaneous vulnerability and resilience inherent in the human experience.

Both artists are well known not only in Lithuania, but also on the international art scene. Jurkšaityte's work has been exhibited at the Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius Picture Gallery, and various galleries in Germany, USA, Denmark and The Netherlands. Her works are in collections of Voorlinden Museum (The Netherlands), MO Museum in Vilnius and private collections in Germany, The Netherlands, Finland, USA, Sweden. Patricija Jurkšaitytė has been presented at contemporary art fairs Artissima (2023) and Art Vilnius.

Trimakas' works have been exhibited in various galleries and museums in Poland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway. His works have been acquired by the Odense Museum of Photography in Denmark, the Museum of Art in Lodz (Poland), Lithuanian National Museum of Art and others. Gintautas Trimakas works has been exhibited at Expo Chicago, MIA & D fair Singapore, Frieze NY.