Zilvinas Kempinas /   Žilvinas Kempinas

Lithuania 1969

Installation, Sculpture

Zilvinas Kempinas
Žilvinas Kempinas
December 28, 2014

Žilvinas Kempinas is an Lithuanian artist born in 1969 in Plungė, Lithuania. He received his BFA from Vilnius Academy of Art in 1993, and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York, in 2002.

Kempinas employs nontraditional materials to create active and dynamic exhibits, most commonly as installations. In many of his works, Kempinas utilizes his signature material, unwound magnetic tape. The use of the tape affects the viewer through various senses, visually, aurally and physically. In his work Double O from 2008, he directed two large electric fans at two loops of magnetic tape causing them to seemingly perpetually fly and dance between the fans.

Kempinas’ first New York shows took place at PS1 Contemporary Art Center in 2003 and Spencer Brownstone Gallery in 2004. The artist has earned international acclaim since his entire second show at Spencer Brownstone, Columns and Bike Messenger, was purchased by The Margulies Collection in 2006 and exhibited during Art Basel Miami Beach that same year. In 2007, Kempinas was featured by Art Review Magazine as one of its “Future Greats”. In the same year, he was awarded the Calder Prize and a residency at Atelier Calder in Saché, France. In 2008, the artist showed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and, in 2009 in a solo show at the Kunsthalle, Vienna. In 2009, Kempinas represented Lithuania at the Venice Biennale 53rd International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy, at which he presented a major new installation entitled Tube. Located in the Lithuanian Pavilion at the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Tube consisted of magnetic tape strung parallel to the ground creating a large translucent tube or tunnel that viewers can walk through. The work addressed the physical and optical experience of the viewer, the passage of time, and the perception of the body and architecture.

Žilvinas Kempinas is currently living and working in New York City.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015Sculpture by the Sea AarhusDenmark - sculpture by the sea, AarhusGroup
2015The Sublime: Contemporary Works from the CollectionQueensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLDGroup
2015Solides FragilesMUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, LuxembourgGroup
2015Solides FragilesLandesgalerie am Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum, LinzGroup
2014Žilvinas Kempinas - Fifth WallMucsarnok Kunsthalle, BudapestSolo
2014Žilvinas Kempinas - ScarecrowSocrates Sculpture Park, New York City, NYSolo
2014The Disappearance of the firefliesCollection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2014On what there might not be (Acerca de lo que podría no ser)MARSO Galería, Mexico CityGroup
2013Zilvinas Kempinas: Fountains - Listasafn ReykjavikurReykjavík Art Museum, ReykjavikSolo
2013Zilvinas Kempinas: DarkroomK20 Grabbeplatz, DusseldorfSolo
2013Zilvinas Kempinas. Slow MotionMuseum Tinguely, BaselSolo
2013Mindwalk GALERIJA VARTAI, Vilnius Group
2013Théâtre du mondeLa Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2013Pattern: Follow The RulesMuseum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, COGroup
2013De leur Temps 4: NantesCentre d’art Le hangar à Bananes - Le Hab, NantesGroup
2013AntigravityToyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota AichiGroup
2013Film as SculptureWIELS - Centrum voor Hedendaagse kunst, BrusselsGroup
2013Dynamo Un Siecle De Lumiere Et De Mouvement Dans L’art 1913-2013Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, ParisGroup
2013Slow Burn – an index of possibilitiesFundament Foundation, TilburgGroup
2013ProjectionsMusée de l´abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d' OlonneGroup
2013Pattern: Follow The RulesBroad Art Museum, East LansingGroup
2013Turbulences II - Villa EmpainBoghossian Foundation, BrusselsGroup
2013Part of a Larger WholeLithuanian Contemporary Art - Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), VilniusGroup
2012Zilvinas Kempinas: Fountains - Listasafn ReykjavikurReykjavík Art Museum, ReykjavikSolo
2012Zilvinas KempinasGaleria Leme, São PauloSolo
2012Oriental Mirages, Pomegranates and Prickly PearsCollection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2012Prestige:phantasmagoria NowKlaipeda Culture Communication Center (KCCC), KlaipėdaGroup
2012Moving is livingArt Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, PoznanGroup
2012SilenceFRAC - Basse-Normandie, CaenGroup
2012Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2012Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Niigata-kenGroup
2012Les chefs-doeuvre de la donation Yvon LambertCollection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2012TurbulenceEspace Louis Vuitton Paris, ParisGroup
2012Tapis volantsAcadémie de France à Rome - Villa Médicis, RomeGroup
2012Pink CaviarLouisiana Museum of Modern Art, HumlebækGroup
2012Trait Papier, Un Essai Sur Le Dessin ContemporainMusée des beaux-arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds, NeuchâtelGroup
2012Performing AbstractionLuciana Brito Galeria, São PauloGroup
2012L'amour du RisqueMSU - Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, ZagrebGroup
2012Beaufort 04Beaufort Triennale, OostendeGroup
2012LowTechMaison des arts de Créteil, CreteilGroup
2011Zilvinas Kempinas - Lucid DreamYvon Lambert, ParisSolo
2011Zilvinas Kempinas: StillGarage Museum of Contemporary Art, MoscowSolo
2011Žilvinas KempinasGALERIJA VARTAI, Vilnius Solo
2011Zilvinas KempinasYvon Lambert, ParisSolo
2011The Matter Of AirGertrude contemporary art spaces, Melbourne, VICGroup
2011Octopus 11: The Matter of AirGertrude contemporary art spaces, Melbourne, VICGroup
2011Yokohama TriennaleYokohama Triennale, YokohamaGroup
2011NUMBER FIVE: Cities of Gold and Mirrors. Works from the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTIONJulia Stoschek Collection, DusseldorfGroup
2011Who runs the space now?ECOH, Mexico CityGroup
2011Play TimeYvon Lambert, New York City, NYGroup
2011HÖHENRAUSCH.2 - Brücken im HimmelOK Offenes Kulturhaus OÖ, LinzGroup
2011Le SlurmHaute école d'art et design, GenevaGroup
2011...so beautiful?Nassauischer Kunstverein, WiesbadenGroup
2010BallroomYvon Lambert, ParisSolo
2010Zilvinas Kempinas - BALLROOMYvon Lambert, New York City, NYSolo
2010Zilvinas KempinasGaleria Leme, São PauloSolo
2010Žilvinas KempinasBALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, GatesheadSolo
2010I Believe in Miracles - 10thanniversary of the Lambert Collectionollection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2010On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth CenturyMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2010SarabandeFRAC - Basse-Normandie, CaenGroup
2010SPHÈRES 2010Galleria Continua - Le Moulin, Boissy-le-ChâtelGroup
2010Lithuanian Art 2000–2010: Ten YearsContemporary Art Centre (CAC), VilniusGroup
2010Liverpool Biennial 10Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, LiverpoolGroup
2010Sketches of spaceMUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, LuxembourgGroup
2010Exhibition action FROM ARTISTS’ WORKSHOPS GALERIJA VARTAI, Vilnius Group
2010transmediale.10 – Future ObscuraTransmediale, BerlinGroup
2009Das Fundament der Kunst - Die Skulptur und ihr Sockel seit Alberto GiacomettiStädtische Museen Heilbronn, HeilbronnGroup
2009ZEROPLUS401contemporary, BerlinGroup
2009LOCUS SOLUSYvon Lambert, ParisGroup
2009GO EAST II - Mudam Collection supported by KBL European Private BankersMUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, LuxembourgGroup
2009Fall OutBlackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto , Mississauga, ONGroup
2009Romantische Maschinen - Kinetische Kunst der GegenwartGeorg Kolbe Museum, BerlinGroup
2009Mutisme(s) - Lieu communEspace d'art contemporain, ToulouseGroup
200953nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, Biennale di VeneziaLa Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
2009Espèces d’espacesYvon Lambert, New York City, NYGroup
2009Collected VisionsBronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA), New York City, NYGroup
2009Nous tournons en rond dans la nuit…Musée Départemental d'Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, RochechouartGroup
2009The Immediate FutureLunds konsthall, LundGroup
2008Zilvinas KempinasKunsthalle Wien (Museumsquartier), ViennaSolo
2008Zilvinas Kempinas - Le Grand CaféCentre d'art contemporain de Saint-Nazaire, Saint-NazaireSolo
2008Now JumpNam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-siGroup
2008New Work: Zilvinas Kempinas, Alyson Shotz, Mary TempleSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008Manifesta 7 - ManifestaEuropean Biennial of Contemporary Art, AmsterdamGroup
2008Biennale de Quebec, Manif d'Art 4 - Manif d’artThe Québec City Biennial, Quebec CityGroup
2008 + de réalitéGalerie de l´ Erban, NantesGroup
2008PermutationsMusée de Valence, ValenceGroup
2007Zilvinas KempinasContemporary Art Centre (CAC), VilniusSolo
2007Zilvinas KempinasSpencer Brownstone Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2007Château de Tokyo, Tokyo ReduxCentre international d´art et du paysage de l´île de Vassivière, Ile de VassivièreGroup
2007Ready-MadeYvon Lambert, New York City, NYGroup
2007StereoVisionUniversity of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FLGroup
2007The Last Seduction: A Welcome Surrender To BeautyCarrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2007Voyage intérieurFRAC - Languedoc-Roussilon, MontpellierGroup
2006Zilvinas Kempinas - Flying TapePalais de Tokyo, ParisSolo
2006Zilvinas KempinasSpencer Brownstone Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2006Les Fils de MarcelCRAC - Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain de Sète, SèteGroup
2006Chauffe Marcel ! A propos de « mona lisa »FRAC - Languedoc-Roussilon, MontpellierGroup
2004Zilvinas KempinasSpencer Brownstone Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1994Zilvinas Kempinas - Painting From NatureContemporary Art Centre (CAC), VilniusSolo