Robertas Narkus 1983 (LT)


Robertas Narkus (1983 LT) describes his practice as ‘management of circumstances in the economy of coincidence’. He brings together the ordinary and the absurd to explore notions of  sovereignty, economy, desires technology and obsolescence. Recently he exhibited at CAC Vilnius,  de Appel art center, KIM?, Ujazdowski Castle, and others. In his work Narkus creates performances, videos, installations, media art objects and events. Artist initiated and runs artist dacare center “Autarkia”, is founder of Vilnius Insitute for ‘Pataphysics and experimental engeineering camp “eeKūlgrinda”, currently is a PHD candidate at Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Solo exhibitions:

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:

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


Unfinished business- co-curating, artistic direction, National Gallery of Art Vilnius, 2019

Seventeenth century, group show, Autarkia, 2019

Cutting the mushroom -  Andrej Polukord, performance, Autarkia, 2018

Aging Tour - Young Boys Dance Group, performance, Autarkia, 2018

Trying to be conscious  - performance programe of emerging artists, Onlyborn, Antanas Lūčiunas, Kionigsberg, Autarkia project space, Vilnius, 2017

“Petra ARCH” - co- founder, curating first group exhibition, project space in the houseboat, Nickolas Rise, Jay Tan,  Amsterdam, 2016

rotten DICE - curated a performance program at 56th Venice Biennale, for the Lithuanian National pavilion 2015 with performances from  Young Boys Dance Group, Nora Turato.

“eeKūlgrinda” - annual experimental engineering camp, Kartena, (LT) 2013-2018

Not yet titled -  24h festival of artists bands, Vilnius, 2011

Talks, performative presentations:

A Day in a Life of Thomas, Stedeljik 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) 2020

FACT artist in residency (Liverpool) 2018

Delfina foundation residency (London) 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, Vilnius, Lithuania

2013-2015 MFA at “Sandberg institute”, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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

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

2004  exchange program at Turku Academy of 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” -