12th Kaunas Biennial | June-September 2019
AFTER LEAVING | PRIEŠ ATVYKSTANT
Traveling used to be romanticised. A long journey used to be compared to the symbolic journey through life. There are numerous proverbs about journeys and traveling, both in the physical and spiritual senses. It is said that a journey is an antidote to prejudice, blind attachments, and narrow-mindedness. That the aim of traveling is to reshape your imagination after the reality you have seen. There is a Chinese proverb that a good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Not only is traveling romanticised. There are people who travel to discover themselves and the Other. There are people who run away from death and violence. This is how it has been since the beginning of time. During your journey, you can discover endless goodness of people, but you may also be forced to experience their blind cruelty. We learn about it from the history and memory, myths and legends. The process of traveling is inseparable from the unknown and the dangers waiting ahead. However, every piece of news about a disaster and about an arrival that is not going to happen, turns the lives of people upside down, makes them lose balance and exposes them to the fact that today’s world (and its secular person) does not want to acknowledge that the journey of all of us has just one direction…
12-oji Kauno bienalė | 2019 m. birželis-rugsėjis
AFTER LEAVING | PRIEŠ ATVYKSTANT
Kelionė ne tik romantizuojama. Yra keliaujančių pažinti savęs ar Kito, yra bėgančių nuo mirties ir prievartos. Taip būta nuo pasaulio pradžios. Iškeliavęs gali pažinti beribį žmonių gerumą, bet gali būti priverstas patirti ir jų aklą žiaurumą.Tą byloja istorija ir atmintis, legendos ir mitai. Keliavimo procesas neatsiejamas nuo nežinios ir pavojų. Tačiau kiekviena žinia apie katastrofą, apie neįvyksiantį/negalimą atvykimą žmonių gyvenimus kaskart verčia aukštyn kojom, išbalansuoja ir atveria tai, ko šiuolaikinis pasaulis (sekuliarus žmogus) tarsi nenori žinoti: visų kelionė tik į vieną pusę…
By the end of project NETWORKED ENCOUNTERS (2015- 2016) co-funded by EU Creative Europe, the partners Kaunas Biennial, LAB 582, Crafts Council and Arte&Arte are happy to share with you all 4 publications online. Paper books are also available via e-mail order.
THERE AND NOT THERE
(Im)possibility of a monument
11th Kaunas Biennial
15th September – 30th November 2017
When Lithuania broke free from the rule of the Soviet Union a quarter of the century ago, it quickly got rid of all the monuments and sculptures that had anything to do with the communist ideology or Soviet occupation. Then, with the same hastiness, we rebuilt most of the national monuments that the Soviets had destroyed, and erected some new ones, yet of the same pre-WWII style and content. Read more
We are proud to announce a curator of 11th Kaunas Biennial Paulina Pukyte! Biennial will be held in autumn 2017.
Paulina Pukyte is an artist, writer, essayist, and cultural commentator. She lives and works in London and Vilnius. She holds a postgrad from the Vilnius Academy of Art, and a Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London. In 2001- 2003 and 2006 she was a guest lecturer at the Vilnius Academy of Art Kaunas Art Institute. She writes for the cultural weekly 7 meno dienos (7 Days of Art), and contributes to other publications in Lithuania; she has received Lithuanian Ministry of Culture award for her articles. She has published a collection of essays Netikras zuikis (Fake Rabbit), two fiction books: Jų papročiai (Their Habits), and Bedalis ir labdarys (A Loser And A Do-gooder), and a play Žuvies akys (Fish Eyes). A theatre production of Bedalis ir labdarys premiered at the Vilnius Small Theatre in November 2015. Extracts from this tragicomic book of dialogues and monologues are included in the anthology of Best European Fiction 2016, published by Dalkey Archive Press. In her visual art practice Paulina Pukyte uses site-specific installations, moving image, and found artefacts, twisting familiar meanings, subverting stereotypes, and questioning accustomed truths, always remaining in artistic opposition to the dominant or institutional discourse. More about curator
In her proposed concept for 11th Kaunas Biennial Paulina Pukyte invites artists and citizens to reflect the notion of monument and its relation to person, community, city. Concept of 11th Kaunas Biennial
Take a guided tour through the Kaunas Biennial exhibitions! Our guides are qualified art historians and critics, who are especially trained to unlock the secrets behind the works on show and help you untangle the ideas and meanings behind the exhibitions.
The tours can be organised for smaller or larger groups or conducted individually. Tours take place in the principal Kaunas Biennial exhibition at Kaunas Central Post Office building, M. Žilinskas Art Gallery and Kaunas Picture Gallery. To register please call +37062998182 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guided tours in Lithuanian – 8 Eur, English – 12 Eur.
Please be advised that due to public holidays all venues of the 10th Kaunas Biennial “Networked” will close one hour earlier on Saturday, October 31, 2015 and all exhibitions will be closed on Sunday, November 1, 2015.
“Plaukuota burna” Pailikono teatras ir grupė CHUI. Foto: Remio Ščerbausko
The educational programme Know, Learn, Create and Join in for the 10th edition of Kaunas Biennial invites art professionals, students and young people, children, families, the elderly and everyone interested or wanting to know more about contemporary art to a variety of events. The programme consists of four main parts:
KNOW – art and architecture historian and critic, musician and journalist-led curated tours around the Biennial exhibitions and non-museum based installations in [post]industrial sites.
LEARN – a programme of school lessons (physics, chemistry, geography, mathematics, music, drama, etc.) taught at Biennial venues by our team of educators.
CREATE – fun and creative family-friendly weekend activities at the Kaunas central post office exhibition led by artists.
JOIN IN – a special programme of curated workshops and seminars designed for people with special needs is delivered in accordance with Lithuanian museum educators.
The programme of events is announced and regularly updated on Kaunas Biennial website. All of the events are in Lithuanian, although visitors from abroad are also welcome to join in.
For more information please contact Neringa Stoškutė (by e-mail: email@example.com or tel.: +37062998182)
KONSORTIUM – Lars Breuer / Sebastian Freytag / Guido Münch, Division. Addition. Foto: Remis Ščerbauskas
From Friday October 2, 2015 [Post]factory Drobe will have new opening hours.
We anticipate the later start through the week and extra working day on weekends will be appreciated by those of you who work during the day. If you haven’t explored this unique exhibition make sure you visit it before the exhibition ends on 30 Oct, 2015.
New Hours from October 2, 2015
Tue – Sat: 3pm – 7pm
Address: Drobės g. 62, Kaunas LT 45188
KONSORTIUM – Lars Breuer / Sebastian Freytag / Guido Münch, Division. Addition
Guda Koster, Made in Kaunas
From Agora to Syntagma (curated by Karmen Krasić Kožul and Danijela Oberhofer Tonković, artistic concept Elisabeth Schimana). Presented by LAB852
Project Daily Bread by Vėjūnė Sudarytė, 8th kaunas biennial, 2011. Photo: Remis Ščerbauskas.
On Saturday, 3 October at 4pm in M. Žilinskas art gallery (Nepriklausomybės sq. 12) a new publication Contemporary Art Biennial as a Site Specific Event: Local versus Global dedicated to the 10th edition of Kaunas Biennial will be presented.
The founder of Liverpool Biennial Lewis Biggs as well as the artistic director of Kaunas Biennial Virginija Vitkienė will take part in the presentation and discussion on the biennial as a global phenomenon of world culture and its interactions with the local cultural field. The editor of the publication Daiva Citvarienė will moderate the discussion.
This publication is an international collaborative project, where world famous exhibition curators, founders of art biennials and art theorists using examples from Liverpool, Bucharest, Kaunas, Sharjah, Taipei and other biennials analyze the local and global paradoxes in the history of the biennial phenomenon. Read more