The Rooster Gallery represents the youngest generation of Lithuanian artists. Launched by young cultural managers in 2008 with moveable exhibitions and short-term artistic events, the gallery retained its mobility and non-institutional nature even after it acquired the legal status in 2011. The Rooster Gallery does not have a permanent exhibition space and presents artists’ works in ever-new venues, looking for alternative exhibition forms that would emphasise the work of a concrete artist and suggest new means of reading an artwork. The gallery’s exhibitions have brought to light new spaces, lofts and interiors of historical buildings that usually are off-limits to the public.
Since the very beginning of its activity The Rooster Gallery has been working to achieve the envisioned goals – presenting the work by young painters, discovering promising artists, representing the hottest trends of contemporary painting and promoting young painting. The experience accumulated in working exclusively with young artists allows the gallery to promote the career of the represented artists since the early stages. The gallery’s dynamic international activity and wide network has contributed to the international recognition of several young Lithuanian painters. The work of the gallery’s artists was represented in major art fairs: Art Brussels, Art Dubai, Artissima, YIA Paris, ENTER, CODE, TAF, Art International Zurich, London’s Global Art Fair, ArtVilnius and others.
In collaboration with other European gallerists and curators, The Rooster Gallery held several solo and group exhibitions in Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy and France. The gallery’s artists have also garnered critical acclaim in competitions held by the world’s renowned art institutions and have became their winners (Egle Karpaviciute is the winner of the competitions for the Premio Combat Prize, Donkey Art Prize and Sovereign European Art Prize, and Kristina Alisauskaite is a finalist of the competitions of 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Arte Laguna, Saatchi Painted Faces and Incubarte).
Painters represented by the gallery participate in the most important events and competitions of Lithuanian contemporary art (many of them are finalists and winners of the Young Painter Prize and participants of biennials and quadrennials) and exhibit their works in prestigious institutions (National Gallery of Art, Contemporary Art Centre). Works by the gallery’s artists are part of the collections of the Modern Art Centre, Akzo Nobel and private collections.
Due to its consistent activity the gallery has grown into one of the most active players on the Lithuanian art scene and market, and has earned itself a reputation of a dynamic, professional and solicitous gallery. By implementing the projects ‘art-bites’ and ‘art-notebook’, The Rooster Gallery has also become a platform of information on young Lithuanian painters.