THE SHROUD OF TIME – Lithuanian contemporary textile art exhibition was opened at Kaunas Picture Gallery this Friday (14th November, 2014). The exhibition offers a view of contemporary culture in two overlapping dimensions: materiality (as warps) and the flow of time (as wefts). The shroud, if we are to think along the metaphorical lines of the Shroud of Turin, marks culture, heritage, customs, habits and beliefs. From a material perspective it plays an integral part in its tactile relationship to our body: enveloping, wrapping, protecting, concealing, bandaging or simply being there. In these categories time is the connecting, experiential and site-specific link. Thus, in this Lithuanian textile collection the metaphor of the shroud of time surfaces as a reflection of life and history through tactile, readily available mediums, such as textiles, lace, needlework, thread and clothing. The title of the exhibition was determined by observation of Lithuanian artists’ practice over the last three years, which has shown that the meanings of the works are influenced by textile tools or their symbolic values. Read more
Lithuanian contempporary art collection THE SHROUD OF… was presented at the opening of CONEXTILE biennial (2nd edition) in Guimaraes / Portugal. Beside other invited countries’ (Estonia and Spain) exhibitions and competitive show THE SHROUD OF… will be on view at Casa Da Memoria from 27th of July till 11th of October, 2014
From 24th to 28th April together with my colleague Ana Čižauskienė we participated in an international seminar “Young Creation Companionship” held in Paris. The meeting place was quite extraordinary: artists and cultural sector workers (event producers and artist managers) from eight European countries (France, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Sweden, Lithuania, Spain and Greece) were invited to the opening of a brand new cultural centre Le Carreau du Temple, which has received endless publicity. The French certainly realise what public spaces are and should be as well as their, as community members, right to them: there were queues throughout the whole weekend with people hoping to get a glimpse inside the new cultural centre. The new multifunctional building, which will be administered by Mezzanine Spectacles organisation, has more than 6,000 square meters of space with theatre and dance studios as well as a sports hall, a recording studio, spaces for workshops, cafes, a concert hall and a black box for theatre productions. The institution is partly supported by the municipality of the city of Paris and partly by projects and leasing of premises for concerts and theatre events. This model of partial support has become commonplace in most European cultural institutions. Since it’s opening in May 2014 Le Carreau du Temple will exist as an incubator for interdisciplinary initiatives by young European artists as well as a platform for international projects. Read more
Until March 25th we invite you to vote for Kaunas biennial virtual project Art-Cart in Lithuanian internet awards LOGIN. The website is nominated in two categories – Start of the year and Electronic store of the year. You can give your vote to our project HERE.
Virtual contemporary art platform Art-Cart is announcing an exclusive competition, where any artist registered at Art-Cart website can participate in the competition. All artists, who have registered on the website and have uploaded their works for sale, have a chance to win an invitation to hold a personal exhibition at the Kaunas Picture Gallery (address: 16 K. Donelaičio street, Kaunas) that is part of the National M K. Čiurlionis Museum. The competition is open to all artists, designers, individuals and groups. Read more
Special thank you to all of you who were with us during the 9th international Kaunas Biennial “UNITEXT”. To this great event, which gathered thousands of people, we have to say one more time BIG THANK YOU to our great artists, big Biennial team, VOLUNTEERS and of course, official sponsors of Kaunas Biennial. We can sincerely say that without you, we wouldn’t have had such a big and successful event.
The Contextile team invites all artists to participate in the competitive international exhibition which assigns a Acquisition Prize.
International Exhibition Submit until February 23rd, 2014
After the recognized success of the 1st edition in 2012, we are organizing the Contextile 2014 – Contemporary Textile Art Biennial, from July 26 to October 11 2014, in Guimaraes / Portugal, maintaining the same philosophical and artistic array: putting textiles in another context, contemporary art.
Kaunas Biennial presents: first Lithuanian interactive art platform “ART CART”
Kaunas Biennial presents a completely new, virtual project “Art-cart”, which is designed not only for art buyers but also for those who would like to know more about contemporary art.
It is the only interactive arts-based website in the Baltic region that functions as a platform for artists to display and sell their work. The main aim of “Art-cart” is to create a platform for sales and expansion of information that is attractive, user-friendly, dynamic and meets expectations of contemporary consumers. Art-cart is designed for creative business development and art administration in broad sectors of society, seeking to expand the art market in Eastern Europe (especially the Baltic region) and internationally as well as increase information spread about emerging artists.
This Tuesday (29th October, 2013) at VMU gallery 101 (Laisvės al. 53, Kaunas) a seminar on contemporary curatorship will be held.
16:00 – 16:45 Lora Gablier / Paris. Lecture: The Ecole du MAGASIN: International Curatorial Training Program.
17:00 – 17:45 Nataša Ilić / Zagreb, Berlin. Lecture: The Past is Never Dead. It’s Not Even Past.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” This famous statement by writer William Faulkner resonates so cunningly with contemporary sense of the past that it already entered popular culture. Read more
On 12th October 2013 – 4th January 2014, Kaunas Biennial will present a personal exhibition “How Do I Tell You a Story You Already Know? You Don’t” by an emerging artist Vytautas Viržbickas. It will be exhibited in Le Magasin, National Centre of Contemporary Art (Grenoble, France). This project is a continuation of Kaunas Biennial Emerging Artists’ Projects far beyond the borders of Kaunas and Lithuania.
The exhibition, with its mysterious title, of Vytautas is created from various sculptures, objects, and other things. In these compositions with their individual objects, (they are constructed, whittled, founded, sewed, broken, and glued by the author) a mythical story is being told.