Sutkus Antanas

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Antanas Sutkus (b. 1939) is the «father» of Lithuanian photography, founder of the Lithuanian Photographic Art Society, who played a massive role in the international recognition of the Lithuanian school of photography, holder of many awards and titles. His original handwriting is distinguished by psychologism, restrained expression, the accuracy of social characteristics. The author’s works are expressive and well recognizable.

Sutkus was born in the Kluoniskiai village of Kaunas region of Lithuania on June 27, 1939 From 1958 to 1964 studied journalism at Vilnius State University from 1959 to 1969 worked as a photojournalist for the weekly newspaper Literatūra ir menas (Literature and Art) and the magazine Tarybinė moteris (Soviet Woman). In 1968 the photographer initiated the Lithuanian Photo Art Society, for five years from the moment of its foundation; he was the chairman of the organizing committee of the Society, and from 1980 to 1989 — the chairman of the Society. Throughout his photographic career, Sutkus has had more than two hundred personal exhibitions in Lithuania, France, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, the USA, Brazil and other countries. In 2001-2002, he received a scholarship from the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation (Sweden) for «Documentation and conservation of the Antanas Sutkus photo archive». In 2009, the Antanas Sutkus Photographic Archive was established.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
Antanas Sutkus. Fotografien, Kunst- und Kulturstiftung Opelvillen Rüsselsheim, Russelsheim
Antanas Sutkus. Vilnius (Re)collection, Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Vilnius

2018
Antanas Sutkus. KOSMOS, National Gallery of Art Vilnius, Vilnius
Antanas Sutkus. Un Regard Libre, Maison de la Photographie – MEP Lille, Lille

2016
Barefoot childhood, Antanas Sutkus, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow
Fine Photographs and Photobooks, Bloomsbury Auctions, London

2015
Soviet Photo, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow

2014
The Masterpieces, Museum Photo Seoul, Seoul
Genuis of the place, Classics of Lithuanian Photography, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow

2013
for an occurrence to become an adventure, Riga City Exhibition Hall, Riga
Begegnung der Bilder, Kunstmuseum des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt Stiftung Moritzburg, Galle

2012
FOTOFEST 2012 BIENNIAL, Houston, Texas

2011
Retrospective, Galerie municipale Le Château d’Eau, Toulouse

2010
The Phenomena of the Lithuanian School. Western Photography of the USSR, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow

2009
Licht-Schreiben, Forum für Fotografie, Cologne

2007
Personal exhibition, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea Ken Damy, Brescia
Antanas Sutkus. Daily Life Archives, fotomuseet Sundsvall, Sundsvall

2006
Antanas Sutkus. Eine Kathedrale in jedem Gesicht, Stadtmuseum Münster, Munster
LITHUANIA – BETWEEN, Fotografins Hus, Stockholm
Verso il XXI secolo: la strada della fotografia lituana, Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum, Rome
FotoGrafia. Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome

2004
Antanas Sutkus. Retrospective, МАММ, Moscow
Personal exhibition, fotomuseet Sundsvall, Sundsvall
Personal exhibition, Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan
La dura bellaza, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome
EXHIBITIONS at the Month of photography, FOTOFO Foundation, Bratislava
Antanas Sutkus. Everyday Lithuania, PHP Prague House of Photography, Prague
E.U. Positive – Kunst aus dem neuen Europa, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Das Wunder Mensch / Parameter of Life – Internationale Fotokunst, Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau
Relating to Photography. Highlights aus privaten Frankfurter Fotorgafie-Sammlungen, Fotografie Forum international, Frankfurt

2003
A Clear Vision. Photographische Werke aus der Sammlung F.C. Gundlach, Haus der Photographie, Hamburg
Retrospective, Forum für Fotografie, Cologne
Rétrospective: La photographie lituanienne, hier et aujourd’hui, Centre Régional des Lettres de Basse Normandie, Caen

2002
Lithunian Insight, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurt