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Deimantas Narkevičius

Deimantas Narkevičius was born in 1964 in Utena. Lives and works in Vilnius.

Originally trained as a sculptor, Narkevičius has mainly been working on storytelling using film and video. His central focus is an exploration of history with a current and subjective point of view. History itself has become his methodology and his primary material. Choosing moments in History has helped him understand physical and psychological phenomenon, and that process has made him reconsider his own place in the world.

In the film installation ‘His-story’, the artist tells about a period in his country from a personal freely formed perspective, all the while using the style of a documentary. As in the title, Narkevičius is making a play on words: relating his own story to the history of Lithuania. He tells about his father, a highly placed government bureaucrat who was fired from his job without notice. Having no other explanation for this action, the state labeled him mentally unstable and had him committed.

The storytelling technique is unusual because the artist continually switches back and forth between moments from the past and the present, creating a sense of déjà-vu. Narkevičius deconstructs the linear narration, placing the story in both the past and the present, using the same techniques and styles that were seen in amateur films from the 1970s. These “docu-stories’” produced with outdated equipment are reminiscent of films from Soviet propaganda. This combination of techniques sets the film in an undefined place and time.

The work “Energy Lithuania” gets its name from a national power plant around which a city was artificially built in the 1960s. Narkevicius grew up at the same time as these urban utopias, these ideological illusions and symbols of economic development. Today the power plant is no longer economically viable and the city has become a ghost town. Those who still live there do so as if time has stopped. The electric city has become a souvenir. Narkevicius extracts the city from the past, like some interactive matter that he reworks into his own account. Perfectly versed in the visual codes of propaganda films shown on Lithuanian television, Narkevicius plays them up and recycles them in his contemporary story that judges the past.

‘Legend coming true’ (shot with super 8mm film) tells the story of a woman who survived the Vilnius ghetto. A long monologue accompanies four days of filming a static shot of buildings where shadow and light, night and day, are condenced into a one-hour film, an effect produced by using time lapse editing. The narrator tells the story of the 20th Century during her own life. The collective existence of a community is retold by the voice of one woman. The biographical nature of the story prompts us to reconsider the way history is told. The wish to show a film about the holocaust is an attempt to encourage a public debate in a local context, hoping to gain a real sense of the future. For instance, a screening of the film for the current residents of Vilnius.

In the film ‘Europe 54° 54’ -25° 19’ (8 minutes, 16mm color), a cameraman riding in a car driven by the artist shot the film. Leaving his apartment, Narkevicius heads to the geographical center of Europe, a few kilometers away. The film follows the trip, from one place to the next, from an individual to an abstract idea, accompanied by the artist’s voice. In this instance, the center of Europe is less a physical geographical place than an ideological construction. During the Communist era, the idea of being part of Europe was in itself unimaginable.

Deimantas Narkevičius thinks of history as material for art that is alive. According to him, a work of art can always be thought of as an examination of other subjects. This is the crossroad where he positions his work.

Art Basel 2022

Art Fair
Art Basel, Messe Basel
June 14 - 19, 2022

Into the Unknown: Moving Images from the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

Group show with works by Deimantas Narkevicius
Salt, Istanbul
May 28 - August 14, 2022

The immeasurable and World's End

Group show with works by Deimantas Narkevicius and Pratchaya Phinthong
JWD Art Space, Bangkok
30 April - 28 August, 2022

Politics in Art

Group show with works by Deimantas Narkevičius
MOCAK, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow
April 29, 2022 - March 26, 2023

Sad Songs of War / Collection as a Verb

Group show with works by Deimantas Narkevičius
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
April 5, 2022 - December 31, 2023

The Role of a Lifetime at e-flux Video & Film

Online presentation
e-flux Video & Film
March 1 - 31, 2022

Deimantas Narkevičius: Anachronisms

Solo exhibition
Konschthal Luxembourg, Luxembourg
September 24, 2022 - January 29, 2023

Deimantas Narkevicius, The Fifer

Solo show
Base / Progetti per l’arte, Firenze
Dec 3, 2021 - Feb 9, 2022

Questionable History

Group show with works by Deimantas Narkevičius
Wende Museum, Culver City, California
Nov 14 - March 20, 2022

Eurasia, A Landscape of Mutability

Group show with works by Deimantas Narkevičius
M HKA, Antwerp
Oct 8, 2021 - Jan 23, 2022

When The Present is History

Group show with works by Deimantas Narkevičius
MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections, Thessaloniki
May 21 - September 19, 2021

Observing Power

Group show with works by Deimantas Narkevičius
Estonian Museum of Architecture, Tallinn
May 19 - August 29, 2021

Inquiétances des temps, Un parcours à travers la collection des films du Cnap

Group show with works by Deimantas Narkevičius
Maubuisson Abbey, Ile de France
April 25 - August 29, 2021

Splitting the Atom

Group show with works by Deimantas Narkevičius
CAC/SMC Centre for Contemporary Art
Energy & Technology Museum, Vilnius
Until December 2020

Deimantas Narkevicius, Screening/Talk, Centre Pompidou

Video projection
Centre Pompidou, Paris
December 19th 2018 at 7pm

Activity of Matter

Group show
gb agency, Paris
From November 30th 2019 to January 11th, 2020

Deimantas Narkevičius, The Fifer

A solo exhibition by Deimantas Narkevičius
gb agency, Paris
From October 12 - November 23, 2019

Deimantas Narkevičius, Stains and Scratches

Video installation
National Gallery of Art, Vilnius
Opening 28 December - 25 Feb 2018

Deimantas Narkevicius, Salt and disappearance

Solo show of Deimantas Narkevicius
gb agency, Paris
June 3rd - July 19, 2017

Deimantas Narkevicius, Da Capo

Solo exhibition
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
10-20 January 2015

Deimantas Narkevičius, Cupboard and a Song

Solo Show
MNAC - The National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, Romania
From November 27, 2014

FIAC 2014

Art Fair
Grand Palais, Paris
23 - 26 October 2014.

More Power at Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle with Deimantas Narkevicius

Group exhibition
Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle
March 30 to August 17, 2014

Deimantas Narkevicius: Cupboard and a Play

A solo exhibition by Deimantas Narkevičius
gb agency
1 March to 12 April, 2014

Deimantas Narkevicius, Speculative Histories, Potential Histories. Pompidou

Solo show
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Wednesday November 13, 2013 at 7 pm

Deimantas Narkevicius - Independent NY

Solo project
March 7 – 10, 2013
548 West 22nd Street, New York

Deimantas Narkevicius, Talk at MoMA

Talk at MoMA
MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
4th of March, 2013 (7pm)

Inventing a Future

Inventing a Future, group exhibition
gb agency
January 26 - March 13, 2013

Deimantas Narkevicius

A solo exhibition by Deimantas Narkevicius
gb agency
From September 10th to October 22nd, 2011

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Group exhibition
gb agency
27 March to 30 April 2010

Deimantas Narkevicius

A solo show by Deimantas Nakevicius
gb agency
From November 14 to December 23, 2009


Group show
gb agency
From May 24 to July 19, 2008

Deimantas Narkevicius: Instead of Today

A solos show by Deimantas Narkevicius
gb agency
From February 25 to April 22, 2006

Petites compositions entre amis - Sequence 2

Group exhibition
gb agency
10 September to 29 October 2005


Group exhibition
gb agency
13 September to 8 November 2003

Deimantas Narkevicius

A solo show by Deimantas Narkevicius
gb agency
From March 9 to April 20, 2002

Frieze, October issue #142 , Art in Film: Deimantas Narkevicius
Catalogue Rearview Mirror, The Power Plant and the Art Gallery of Alberta, texts by Christopher Eamon, Zoran Erić; Andrzej Szczerski, Raimundas Malašauskas.
unFLOP paper 2, Lost Underground by Daniele Perra (FW 2011-2012).
Catalogue Ostalgia, New Museum, New York, text by Massimiliano Gioni
Flash Art, Edizione Italiana, Deimantas Narkevicius, Politiche Della Memoria, by Marco Scotini, May
No Order, Art in a post Fordist Society, No 1. Un intervista con Peter Watkins di Deimantas Narkeviciu’s, Dokumentari Puri.
Arte e Critica, #66, Deimantas Narkevicius, Getting a lost Tune by Andris Brinkmanis, March - May.
Troubles, Factographies by Eric Beaudelaire.
Catalogue Les Promesses du Passé, Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Arte e critica, #59, Gatherer of Stars and Ruins by Paolo Emilio Antognoli.
Kaleidoscope Reconstructing Reality, by Cecilia Canzani, Sept - Oct, #3.
Art Press, L’ambivalence des images, by Vivian Rehberg, March, #354.
Metropolis M, Deimantas Narkevicius, Memory and Document in Times of Repression, by Dominic van den Boogerd, Feb-March.
Artforum, Deimantas Narkevicius, by André Rottmann, Feb.
Mousse Magazine, Vilnius as a Mirror or an artwork of art, by Valentinas Klimasauskas, April 09, #18
Frieze, Deimantas Narkevicius, by Emily Verla Bovino, Dec.
Exit Express, D. Narkevicius, The Dud Effect, by Noemi Smolik, Dec, #40.
TAZ Berlin, 10 Dec.
Der Tagesspiegel, Nr. 20 100, 29 Nov.
Catalogue The Unanimous Life / La Vida Unanime, Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.
Catalogue Genius Seculi, The Center of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki.
Catalogue Can Art Do More?, Art Focus 2008, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Jerusalem.
Catalogue Pensée Sauvage, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Revolver, Archiv Für Aktuelle Kunst.
A Prior Magazine, Special issue, text by Jean-Pierre Rehm, Conversation Deimantas Narkevicius and Larissa Harris, #14.
Untitled, Conversation with Melissa Ground, Fall, #43.
Art Press, Skulptur Projekte Münster 07, June, #335.
Catalogue Skulptur Projekte Münster 07, Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln.
Catalogue Future is the Past, Slovenian Pavillon, Venice Biennale.
Catalogue Anachronism, cur. Elena Filipovic, Argos, Bruxelles.
Catalogue Deimantas Narkevicius, This is not what you see…, Bunkier Sztuki, Cracow.
Catalogue Deimantas Narkevicius, Once in the XX Century, Arnolfini, Bristol.
Catalogue When Sky Was Sea, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, 1998-2005, Vienna.
Flair,Deimantas Narkevicius by Laura Incardona, April, #4.
Art Forum International, Deimantas Narkevicius, Akademie der Künste, by Jennifer Allen, mars.
Le Monde, Deimantas Narkevicius, gb agency by Bérénice Bailly, 11 March.
Vogue Paris, Vraie Fiction by Frédéric Bonnet, March, #865.
Le Monde, Le cercle restreint des collectionneurs d’art vidéo by Bérénice Bailly.
Art Forum International, Deimantas Narkevicius by Jennifer Allen, March.
Der Tagesspiegel, Deimantas Narkevicius, 23 January.
Zitty Berlin, Deimantas Narkevicius at Akademie der Künste, 11 January.
Zitty Berlin, Verdammt Lang Her, by Claudia Wahjudi, 8 Dec.
Catalogue Experience Memory, Re-Enactment, published by Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam and Revolver, Archiv für Aktuelle Kunst.
Time Out London, Interruption by Sarah Kent, 20-27 April.
Catalogue Do Not Interrupt Your Activities, Royal College of Art Galleries, Londres.
Catalogue Time and Again, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
1+1+1, Some notes on the work of Deimantas Narkevicius, by Lisa Panting, Issue One, printemps.
Cac Interviu Magazine, Those were the days, my friend by Simon Rees.
Catalogue Instant Europe, Villa Manin, Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Udine.
Catalogue Deimantas Narkevicius, The Role of a Lifetime, Art & Sacred Places, Brighton, texte par Jan Verwoert.
Catalogue Utopia Station Posters, Haus der Kunst, Munich; Museum in Progress, Vienna.
Flash Art, D. Narkevicius Interview par Hans-Ulrich Olbrist, Oct
Catalogue Utopia Station, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice.
Catalogue Déplacements, ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris.
Frieze, Home Truths, How do you portray a historical crisis? by Jan Verwoert, Jan-Feb, #72,
Beaux-Arts Magazine, Dix vidéastes en vue, by Françoise-Aline Blain, Jan..
Kunstverein München Magazine, Deimantas Narkevicius’ Project, by Maria Lind, Fall.
Features, online magazine, Interview Deimantas Narkevicius by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Dec.
Kunstbulletin, Ohne Bemühen um politische Wirkung oder exotische Effekte, by Liutauras Psibiliskis, June.
Catalogue Parc Humà, una exposicio de criatures globals, Institut de Cultura Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona.
Le Monde, Des histoires dans l’histoire d’un vidéaste lituanien by Geneviève Breerette, 14-15 April., online, Deimantas Narkevicius by Silvia Cazacu.
Aden-Le Monde, Deimantas Narkevicius: L’impasse oblige à réfléchir, by Emmanuelle Lequeux, 20-26 March.
Journal des Arts, Deimantas Narkevicius by Fabienne Fulcheri, April.
Catalogue Ausgeträumt…, Secession, Vienna.
Kunstbulletin, D. Narkevicius im Lituanichen Pavillon, by Patricia Grzonka.
Le Journal du CNP, by François Piron, n°15.
Metropolis M, by Domeniek Ruyters, n°4.
Catalogue Lithuanian Pavillon, Venice Biennale, Venice.
NU : The Nordic Art Review, State of Art by Lolita Jablonskiene, n°2.
NU : The Nordic Art Review, Innocent Life by Liutauras Psibilskis, n°1.
Postmediamagazine, Legend Coming True by Emanuela De Cecco.
Gallery Magazine, Great 24, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Near and Elsewhere by Kate Bush, June-August.
Catalogue After the Wall, Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Catalogue Melbourne International Biennial, Signs of Life by Juliana Engberg.
Siksi, The Nordic Art Review, Travels beyond time and space by Liutauras Psibilskis, XIII, n°3-4.
Catalogue Manifesta 2, European Biennale, Luxembourg, Deimantas Narkevicius by Raimundas Malasauskas & Jonas Valatkevicius.

Deimantas Narkevičius
The Unanimous Life / La vida unanime, 2009

Exhibition catalogue

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
With texts by Manuel J. Borja-Villel, Chus Martinez, Gerald Raunig, Christa Blümliger, Dieter Roelstraete, Boris Buden
English or Spanish version
127 pages
ISBN: 978 84 8026 374 0

Deimantas Narkevičius
Once in the XX Century, 2006

Exhibition catalogue

Arnolfini Gallery
Conversation between Martin Clark and Deimantas Narkevicius
English, B/W and color illustrations, 56 pages
ISBN 0 907738 81 8

Deimantas Narkevičius
The Role of a Lifetime, 2003

Exhibition catalogue

Art and Sacred Places
Texts by Jan Verwoert, Teresa Gleadowe, Paul Barratt
English, color illustrations, 40 pages
ISBN 0 9546181 1 4

Deimantas Narkevičius
Lithuanian Pavilion - 49th Venice Biennial, 2001

Exhibition catalogue

Texts by Kestutis Kuizinas, interview of Deimantas Narkevicius by Jonas Valatkevicius, Raimundas Malasauskas, Lolita Jablonskiene, Birute Pankunaite, Jonas Valatkevicius
English, B/W and color illustrations, 65 pages
ISBN 9986 957 17 6

Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti, Contemporary Art Museum, Zagreb, Croatia
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Danemark
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
MAM, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Frac Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France
Frac Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, Marseille, France
Frac Alsace, Sélestat, France
Domaine Départemental, Chamarande, France
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Museion, Bolzano, Italy
Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia
Lewben Art Foundation, Vilnius, Lithuania
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Olso, Norway
Van Abbemuseum Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Museum of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland
Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland
MWW, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw, Poland
Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Tate Modern, London, UK

Exhibition view, The Fifer, gb agency, Paris, 2019

Exhibition view, The Fifer, gb agency, Paris, 2019

Exhibition view, Salt and Disappearance, gb agency, Paris, 2017

Exhibition view, Salt and Disappearance, gb agency, Paris, 2017

Exhibition view, Deimantas Narkevičius, Stains and Scratches, National Gallery, Vilnius, 2017

Exhibition view, Deimantas Narkevičius, Stains and Scratches, National Gallery, Vilnius, 2017

Exhibition view, Deimantas Narkevičius, gb agency, Paris, 2011

Exhibition view, Deimantas Narkevičius, Cupboard and a Song, MNAC, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, 2014

Exhibition view, Deimantas Narkevičius, Cupboard and a Song, MNAC, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, 2014

Exhibition view, Deimantas Narkevičius, Cupboard and a Song, MNAC, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, 2014

Exhibition view, Deimantas Narkevičius, The Unanimous Life / La Vida Unanime, Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2008

Exhibition view, Deimantas Narkevičius, The Unanimous Life / La Vida Unanime, Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2008

Exhibition view, Deimantas Narkevičius, Instead of today, gb agency, Paris, 2006

Exhibition view, Deimantas Narkevičius, gb agency, Paris, 2002.

Europa, 1997


The Fifer, 2019
Stains and Scratches, 2017
20 July.2015, 2016
Kaimietis’ Film Still, 2014
Books on shelves and Without Letters, 2013
Matching the Tu-144, 2012
Proposal for Whatever You Play, It Sounds Like the 1930’s, 2012
End of Censored Cinema Again and Again, 2011
Restricted Sensation, 2011
Ausgetraumt, 2010
Into the Unknown, 2009
The Dud Effect, 2008
Revisiting Solaris, 2007
The Head, 2007
Unrealised Project, Münster Sculpture Projects 07, 2007
Disappearance of a Tribe, 2005
Matrioskos, 2005
Once in the XX Century, 2004
Scena, 2003
The Role of a Lifetime, 2003
Kaimietis, 2002
Energy Lithuania, 2000
Legend Coming True, 1999
His-story, 1998
Mass for the Truth of Blacksmith Ignotas, 1998
Untitled, 1998
Europa 54° 54’ – 25° 19’, 1997
Empty Wardrobe, 1995
Game No.1, 1995
Individual and Team Contest, 1995
Half Shrunk Coat, 1994
Too Long on the Plinth, 1994
Open in Six Parts, 1993