Robertas Narkus   (born 1983, Vilnius) describes his practice as the ‘management of circumstance  in an economy of coincidence’. Employing performance, new media, language, humour and entrepreneurship he brings together the ordinary and the absurd to explore notions of technology and human desires. He exhibited, performed or had screenings of his works at the CAC Vilnius, XII Baltic Triennial, KIM?(Riga) de Appel art center, Stedelijk museum, Whitechapel gallery, Ballroom Marfa (Texas), David Dale gallery (Glasgow) and others. Narkus is the founder of the Institute for ‘Pataphysics in Vilnius and artist day care center “Autarkia”. He holds an MFA from Sandberg Institute  fine arts department, currently he is part of a collective practice research course at the Royal Institute for Arts, Stockholm. In 2022 Narkus will represent Lithuania at the 59th Venice biennale.

Solo exhibitions:

The board, Vartai Gallery, Vilnius 2020

Prospect Revenge, David Dale gallery, Glasgow, 2019

Sphynx,  Editorial project space, Vilnius 2019

Träger,  Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, 2017

Guest, KIM? Riga, 2017

Doghme,  “Neverland” gallery Amsterdam, 2016

easy CUTZ, Juliette Jongma gallery, Amsterdam,  2015

Turbulence-3, Tenderpixel gallery, London,  2014

Selected group Exhibitions:

Encounters biennale, Timissoura 2021

Ars Electronica Festival 2021 - A New Digital Deal, 2021

XIV Baltic Triennial, Vilnius, 2021

Seventeenth century, group show, Autarkia, 2019

I had amnesia once or twice - Polansky gallery, Prague, 2019

Waiting for Another Coming - Ujazdowski Castle,Warsaw, 2018

How can large mountains enter small ice - Delfina foundation, London, 2018

Artist film international (video screenings) - Whitechapel gallery (London), “Ballroom Marfa” (Texas), 2018

Future is certain it’s the past which is unpredictable, - Blaffer museum, Houston, 2018

Unresolved  - de Apel art center, Amsterdam 2016

Economy is spinning - Onomatopoeia gallery, Eindhoven, 2016

XII Baltic Triennial, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, 2015

Spell to Spelling Spelling to Spell, de Apple Art center, Amsterdam, 2015

A Day in a Life of Thomas, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2015

Making sense, Juliette Jongma Gallery, Amsterdam  2015

Ex Libris for a library not yet begun - Podium, Oslo (NO) 2014

a Cab,  Kunsthalle Athena, Athens (GR) 2014

Elusive Earths, Etablissement d' En Face Projects, Brussels (BE) 2014

WeberWoche, Stroom Den Haag art center, Hague  (NL) 2014        

Father can’t You See I’m Burning, De Appel Art Center, Amsterdam (NL) 2014

Porn for the Blind, Juliette Jongma Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) 2014

Marrakech biennale 5th edition, ‘Half Hotel, Marrakech (MA) 2014

ANNE , Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (LT) 2013

FAST FLUX, Studio - X,  New York, (USA ) 2013

Talks, performative presentations:

A Day in a Life of Thomas, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2015

“Survival K(n)it” contemporary art festival, Riga (LV) 2015

WeberWoche, Stroom Den Haag art center, Hague  (NL) 2014        


National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Changdong Residency upcoming (Seul) 2022 (upcoming)

IASPIS Stockholm, 2021

Amant foundation residency (Siena) 2021

Delfina foundation residency (London) 2018

FACT artist in residency (Liverpool) 2018

Skaftfell Art Center residency program (Iceland) 2016

Performing Arts Forum, St.Erme, (FR) 2014

Nida art colony AIR,  Nida, (LT) 2011

“Bregenz Kunsthaus AIR” Bregenz, (AU) 2012

POT Kassel, (DE) 2012


2019- PHD candidate Vilnius Academy of arts

2013 -2015 MFA at “Sandberg institute”, Amsterdam

2012  “Rupert” project-based, para-academic educational program.

2006  BA Photography and Media Art, Vilnius Academy of Fine arts.


“Young Artist Award” from Ministry of Culture of Lithuania 2014

State scholarship for the artist by Ministry of Culture of Lithuania 2013

“Vilnius City Mayor award for emerging artists” 2010


The New Wave of Anti-Authority Performing Artists” Frieze Magazine, Mimi Chu, 2019

“If exhibition would be a factory it would be producing glue” - Mousse Magazine, Elvia Wik, 2017

“Postcards from Vilnius”, Frieze magazine, 2017

The New Wave of Anti-Authority Performing Artists” Frieze magazine, 2019, Mimi Chu

“All options are better options. Robertas Narkus in conversation with Borbála Soós” -

Robertas Narkus 1983 (LT)