Thursday, May 3, 2018
This year, ArtVilnius will present its 9th international contemporary art fair from June 7th to 10th in the Lithuanian capital. ArtVilnius is the only contemporary art fair in Lithuania and the largest art fair in the Eastern European region. Since its inception in 2009, the art fair has expanded and become firmly established on the local and international art scene, as well as on the list of must-visit events for art lovers.
Every year ArtVilnius has over 22,000 visitors, with more than 50 participating art galleries from a dozen or so countries (Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, France, and more), presenting more than 200 artists from around the world. The applications of galleries wishing to participate in the art fair are reviewed and selected by a jury made up of art critics and art market experts.
ArtVilnius takes place in the exhibition and congress centre LITEXPO, a particularly suitable venue for art events. The 12,000 square metre exposition space is transformed for the fair, its exhibition design having been overseen for the last several years by a team of architects.
In addition to the usual art fair offerings, ArtVilnius hosts a project zone, this year with solo presentations by Svajonė and Paulius Stanikas, Gintaras Makarevičius and Jurga Barilaitė. Unlike many—if not all other—fairs, institutions also have a presence. The Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center, for example, will bring a never-before-exhibited piece by George Maciunas and other visiting institutions include the Contemporary Arts Centre, MO Museum, Vilnius Academy of Art and the M. K. Čiurlionis National Art School.
Lastly, ArtVilnius also presents its annual large-scale sculpture and installation show ‘Takas’ (The Path). This year the ‘Takas’ exhibition will include performances by Jelena Škuliene (Lithuania), Jon Irigoyen (Spain/Finland), Inga Galinytė (Lithuania), and Marija Griniuk (Lithuania/Denmark) and objects by Lithuanian artists Vladas Urbanavičius, Patricija Gylytė, Kęstutis Svirnelis, Andrius Erminas, Das Vegas, Domas Mykolas Malinauskas, Džiugas Šukys, Eglė Lekevičiūtė, Indra Marcinkevičienė, Jonas Aničas, Julija Matulytė, Matas Janušonis, Rokas Valiauga and Tauras Kensminas, as well as international artists Caspar Reuter (Germany), Clement Carat (Spain), Egons Persevics (Latvia), Iveta Laura (Latvia), Peter Riss (Germany), Rasmus Søndergaard Johannsen (Denmark/Germany) and Sophie Blet (France).