Exhibition created by teenagers opens at the National Gallery of Art

On November 13 the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius will open an exhibition created by twenty-three teenagers. The young creators have done everything by themselves: they devised the exhibition's theme and idea, selected artworks and communicated with the artists, created the architecture and design of the exhibition, conducted audience research, and explored the possibilities of social marketing. Two artworks for the show were loaned by the Lewben Art Foundation.

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'We hope that this project will motivate the young creators of the exhibition to continue to try new things, discuss what they care about, and remember how much can be said with the help of art' says Lolita Jablonskienė, the director of the National Gallery of Art.

The participants themselves believe that this experience is truly valuable and differs from the educational experiences found at school and in after-school activities. In this project, they directly faced emerging problems, learned how to deal with them effectively, communicated with each other, and developed their responsibility and cooperation skills. 'You can't learn these kinds of things from textbooks,’ says Eglė Nedzinskaitė, the gallery educator and founder of this project.

'From quarantine-style calls, to creative workshops and face-to-face discussions - this whole time we were preparing for the exhibition. Everything that you'll see has been done by us: the designs, architecture, descriptions of the artworks, and even social media posts,’ says Emilija, a member of architects’ team.

'Our exhibition is about people's inner and outer worlds. Most likely everyone thinks about these things, but no one talks about them. We would like visitors to take their time in the exhibition, to reflect on the things that are usually too scary to think about. We especially want to welcome the younger generation, because we think that they will feel understood here,’ explains curator Ona, another participant.

One of the participants’ aims was to create an exhibition that would be interesting and relevant to other teenagers, as there is an assumption that art is hard to understand or simply not interesting enough for young people. The marketing team looked at the process of creating the exhibition as if it was the process of creating a product, carrying out marketing research on the target audience and forming a unique selling proposition. They sought to answer the question, why should young people visit the exhibition? This is how singer-songwriter Gabrielė Vilkickytė and her music appeared in the project. Her songs have been paired with artworks as well as certain areas of the exhibition. The participants believe that this will help visitors to understand the art in their own way, and discover new meanings. Audience research shows that there is a lack of sensual experience in most exhibitions, which is why it has been implemented in this one. Here there are different surfaces you can touch, there are things to look at and listen to, and most importantly, once a month there will be special events wherein the creators will work with visitors on new ways of viewing and re-reading the works of art.

This project is implemented by the National Gallery of Art.


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National Gallery of Art (Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius)
2021 11 13–2022 02 06

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