Vidas Poškus

April 12, 2024 / May 8, 2024


This exhibition held in Klaipėda is an absolutely different, but completely natural continuation of the previous exhibition ("King - naked"), held in Vilnius. It's kind of the second session of the same season. The main characters are the same: a king, a queen and several kings. But the events are completely different. If in the first part, new clothes were measured and shown to the people, then in this case the author delved into the issue of monarchical intimacy. The leitmotif is the bathing of the ruler of the Republic of Both Nations Vladislovas Vaza and his first wife Cecilija Renata in the Merkys River. Four hundred years ago, Sarmatian Horatius – Motiejus Kazimieras Sarbievijus - indirectly sang a memorable event in his cycle of ten poems. The situation is very human - on a hot summer day in the sands of southern Lithuania, after hunting deer, roe deer, elk and wild boar (the bison and bulls have already been hunted), representatives of blue blood dip their naked, sweaty bodies into the cold waters of Merkys. Such a completely mundane act, it seems to crown God's anointed and those elected in the electoral parliament (it should be remembered that in the Republic the throne was elected, not inherited). A similar reincarnation was once seen by the crowd in Andersen's fairy tale when they encountered the "king's new clothes." In the case of Vladislovas and Cecilija Renata, everything is experienced by the girls who sacrificed themselves to the dragon. Tragedy approaches as kings become human too.

As can be concluded from the above story, the sources of inspiration for V. Poškus paintings and drawings are all kinds of texts. They can be read or written by yourself. Sometimes out of step with reality, it is not uncommon to be influenced by real facts. The artist interprets them visually, creating other stories. The literary origin of paintings and drawings is unquestionable.

So, what is this exhibition about? It is about girls who see a king bathing and sacrifice themselves to a dragon.