Tumble | Ruta Butkute

13 November – 24 December 2021

‘How can bodies breathe life into objects? And how can objects set bodies in motion?’ These questions are at the heart of Ruta Butkute’s artistic research, for which she draws on the movement theory of dance pioneer Rudolf Laban.

Ruta Butkute is interested in how one medium can transform into another. By working with ready-mades such as chairs, and stripping these of their original function and distinguishability, a new, pure function arises. Made of metal and clay, the sculpture Tumble#8  is  a combination of two counterweights that affect each other like mysterious entities.

In the exhibition Tumble, Ruta Butkute is presenting a range of installations and sculptures, ceramics, porcelains and a performance video at Movement Exposed Galley Space. 

Ruta Butkute [1984, Kaunas, Lithouania] studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her work has been on show at Fons Welters, Amsterdam, Kaaistudios, Brussel, Rietveld Huis Cordemeyer, Apeldoorn and Teruhiro Yanagihara gallery, Osaka, Japan. As an artist-in-residence she took part in the Summer Coaching Program at Rosas P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, Arita Residency in Japan, and Guldagergaard international ceramic center, Skealskor, Denmark. 

The exhibition Tumble  is a collaboration with Bradwolff & Partners. 

Excerpt of performance video ‘Let your body do all the talking’


05 Array 2018

Array 5 (Ruta Butkute, 2018)


Glide Direct Light (Ruta Butkute, 2020)

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