What motivates two or three people every month (or sometimes more often) from year to year to search, discover, organize, exibit, spread information, give an opening word, kiss the artist and invite for a “usual evening of ours”? And for 25 years so! A wish to spread beauty? To be a part of “artists’ society”? A habit? A calling? Or maybe everything at a time?
The fundamental impulse is probably not important. What is more important is that today BAROTI gallery, contrary to usual practices of galleries that close their doors even before their wide opening, still exists. Moreover, deservedly it is given a name of one of the main cultural centers or more precisely – a phenomenon – of Klaipėda: with its own traditions, image, artists, clients and visitors…
Equilibristic maneuvering between modern classic and contemporary (not necessary postmodern) art searchings, the gallery presents the artists of characteristic style and authentic creative thinking. Latter, disregarding their country of origin, art genre they develope, the fame, i.e. the differences, are very similar in essence: with their ideological load, associative language, attention to technique, professionalism, harmony of form and subject.
An art gallery is a place where artist becomes “visible”, known and (make no secret) desirable. What is interesting in this case is that everything is implemented in Klaipėda, a city which does not distinguish itself for the dynamics of a rich art market. On one hand, we may treat it as an advantage – an open space of realization of ideas, yet on the other hand, the capability “to keep high level” where no competitive environment exists becomes an enormous challenge. Apparently, boldly accepted!
To be an artist of the BAROTI gallery or at least to exibit your works there has became a matter of prestige during twenty five years of the gallery’s existence. The Baroti name has lost its meaning of simply a surname of the owner and the famous ceramic artist of Lithuania. Today it has became a market sign, a label, which witnesses great quality, high standards and strong positions.