“Interpreting Modernism through Design and Visual Arts”, is a year-long project, commissioned by Kaunas 2022 to Laura Serra and Maxime Forest, co-founders of Kolektiv Cité Radieuse, based at the UNESCO-listed Le Corbusier Housing Unit in Marseille. Devoted to the relation of those disciplines to 20th century architecture, Kolektiv invited four international guests from the Czech Republic, Poland, and Ukraine, to share their inspiring practices around interpreting modernism with Lithuanian architects, designers, and artists. Selected through an open call, participants were encouraged to expand and challenge their own practices during a collective residency held at Villa Ilijinai in Kaunas in October 2021.
Based on an iterative process initiated with a co-design workshop held during the residency, participants developed their own, genuine interpretations of Kaunas interwar and post-war modernism. From textile design, through graphic works, (video) installations and furniture, the exhibition launched on XX of September 2022, reflects both the step-by-step process and the pluri-disciplinary standpoint adopted for the project. It argues that interpreting and preserving modernist heritage, and endorsing the complex, often contentious history that underpins it, require engaging with communities, to strengthen a sense of localness and belonging, while exploring contemporary issues such as sustainability or conflicting memories.
After the opening, exhibition will be open for visitors (September-October):
On Tuesdays and Thursdays – 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
On Saturdays – 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Curators: LAURA SERRA and MAXIME FOREST