Image above: Jazmina Cininas Vilkas (Wolf) lagerphone (2013) and stand (2021) salvaged timber, used bottle caps, nails, rubber stopper 143 x 42 x 41 cm. Museums Victoria collection. Photographed by Andrius Lipšys.
Jazmina Cininas‘s lagerphone sculpture Vilkas (Wolf) has been acquired by Museums Victoria.
The acquisition follows on from Cininas’s recent exhibition at Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, ‘The Sparrow Made Some Beer’, an immersive, cross-cultural installation of lagerphones crafted in the shape of Lithuanian animals. Lagerphones are a quintessential mainstay of the Australian bush band and are traditionally created from beer caps hammered to an old broom stick.
This exhibition sought to celebrate a minority culture that spearheaded the first wave of post-war immigration, and recognises the contribution of immigrant and refugee populations to Australia’s cultural fabric.
On her website, Cininas states: “I am delighted and honoured to announce that my grey wolf lagerphone has taken up permanent residence in the Museums Victoria collection! A huge thank you to curator Moya McFadzean for coming along to The Sparrow Made Some Beer and setting the wheels in motion to preserve this jingling canine for posterity. Long live the lupine Lithuanian-Australian lagerphone!”
Follow this link to watch Dr Moya McFadzean, Senior Curator of Migration and Cultural Diversity, talk about the acquisition of the wolf lagerphone to the collection.
To read more about and view a selection of available works by Jazmina Cininas, click here