About Algimantas Kunčius

 

“My guide was the sun. I was following it along as much as I could…”

Contact: photo@kunciusphoto.com

 

BIOGRAPHY

1939Born in Pakruojis, Lithuania, to Ona and Vladas Kunčius. His father was organist in the churches of Pakruojis and Klovainiai.
1946 – 1957Lived in Kaunas.
1958 – 1963Studied law and music in Vilnius.
1963Decided to be a photographer and started participating in exhibitions.
1963 – 1997Worked as a photographer for the cultural press (Literatūra ir menas and Kultūros barai) and collected an archive of portraits of the cultural elite.
1969Together with others, founded the Lithuanian Art Photographers Society.
1977Had his first solo exhibition.
1979 – 1984Filmed with a 16 mm camera and collected a unique film archive.
1997 – 2002Was head of the Photographic Art Department at the Lithuanian Art Museum.
1998Won the Lithuanian National Culture and Art Award.
1999Honorary member of the Lithuanian Art Photographers Union.
Kunčius is based in Vilnius

SELECTED SERIES

Old Town in Squares, 1960 – 1970
Photographed in Vilnius, 1960 – 2015
Encounters, 1963 – 1984
Painter Antanas Gudaitis, 1963 – 1989
At the Seaside, 1965 – 2014
Sundays, 1968 – 1985
Reminiscences, 1975 – 1987
Film Notes, 1979 – 1984
Distant Images, 1985 – 1998
The Book of Clouds, 1985 – 2001
Pašilaičiai, 1986 – 1987
Munich in April, 1990
Reconstructions, 2002 – 2007 – 2015

PUBLICATIONS

A.Kunčius, Senojo Vilniaus vaizdai ( Images of the old Vilnius), Vilnius: Mintis, 1969
A.Kunčius, Ablinga, Vilnius: Vaga, 1975
A.Kunčius, Susitikimai (Encounters), Vilnius: Mintis, 1984
A.Kunčius, Tolių vaizdai/Distant Images, Vilnius: Baltos lankos, 2001
A.Kunčius, Debesų knyga/The Book of Clouds, Vilnius: Alma littera, 2006
A.Kunčius, Vilnius 1960 – 1970: Senamiesčio kvadratai/ The Past in Squares, Vilnius: E.Karpavičiaus leidykla, 2007
A.Kunčius, Reminiscencijos/Reminiscences, Vilnius: Apostrofa, 2012

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1977 Art Exhibition Palace, Vilnius
Art History Institute, Moscow
1980 Photographic Gallery, Kaunas
1983 Galerie Sophienstraᵦe 8, Berlin
1986 Zango Fotoforum Galerie, München
1987 Art Exhibition Palace, Vilnius
1988 Galerie Mathias Kampl, München
1991 Zango Fotoforum Galerie, München
1998 Photographic Gallery, Vilnius
1999 European Parliament, Strasbourg
2002 Prospekto Gallery, Vilnius
2004 National Museum of Lithuania, Vilnius
Photographic Gallery, Panevėžys
2007 National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff
2010 M.K. Čiurlionis House, Vilnius
National Gallery of Art, Vilnius
2011 Film Notes : 1979 – 1984, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
2015 Photographic Gallery, Kaunas
2015 Visual Scripts, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius

PHOTOGRAPHS IN COLLECTIONS

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
International Center of Photography, New York
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi
Canon Photo Gallery, Amsterdam
Daniela Mrázková Collection, Museum Ludwig. Köln
FIAP Collection, Lauzanne
National Museum of Lithuania, Vilnius
Lithuanian Art Museum, Vilnius
Museum of Photography, Šiauliai
Lithuanian Art Photographers Union, Vilnius
Museum of Modern Art – MO, Vilnius