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2013.06.28 11:24

ARTVILNIUS‘13 unveils the upcoming Lithuanian and international contemporary art scene

Victoria Leigh | The Lithuania Tribune 2013.06.28 11:24

Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre (LITEXPO) in Vilnius was packed with home-grown and international art in 50 galleries for the ARTVILNIUS‘13 showcase in conjunction with the Lithuanian Art Gallerists’ Association on 26 June, 2013. 

Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre (LITEXPO) in Vilnius was packed with home-grown and international art in 50 galleries for the ARTVILNIUS‘13 showcase in conjunction with the Lithuanian Art Gallerists’ Association on 26 June, 2013.

It is the fourth annual exhibition for ARTVILINIUS, where art collectors, art lovers and students get the chance to keep abreast of current local Lithuanian and international art from Poland, the UK, Portugal, Ukraine and many more besides.

Attendees can observe new works from renowned contemporary art galleries and acquire original pieces at the largest event dedicated to the modern art scene in Lithuania.

Parallel events are being run in conjunction with ARTVILNIUS’13, such as an educational programme involving the participation of students of the Department of Photography and Media Arts at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, and creative workshops from the Faculty of Architecture at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.

Vilnius Children and Youth Arts Gallery are further housing creative workspaces led by artists Jūratė Stauskaitė and Rūta Katiliūtė.

“The arts are an important cultural industry for Lithuania. They contribute to the development of the art market in the Baltic region, and thus increas the flow of international tourists and visitors,” said Diana Stomienė, Director of ARTVILNIUS’13.

“ARTVILNIUS‘13 is also expected to contribute to the creation of economic and cultural added value for Lithuania in the future, as there are currently no analogue [art] events organised like this in Central Europe,” she explained.

Participating in ARTVILNIUS’13 was Andris Vitolins, assistant professor at the Art Academy of Latvia.

ARTVILNIUS‘13 is also expected to contribute to the creation of economic and cultural added value for Lithuania in the future, as there are currently no analogue [art] events organised like this in Central Europe.

“I started as an industrial painter whilst I was studying at an arts institution in Riga which is known for its classical, figurative paintings. My work is rooted in opposition to that,” Vitolins said.

“We are the first generation of purely industrial humans. We do not have any connection with the countryside, we don’t have any roots, and I wanted to show that in my work. I show the figurative gulf, the difference between urban landscapes and us humans,” he further reflected.

Ugnė Makauskaitė and Gustė Skuziuskaitė, ARTVILINIUS’13 volunteers and art history students, were on hand to ensure observers and collectors were well-informed about the installations and artists on display at the event.

At the same time, they were enjoying the atmosphere on a personal level.

“It is our first time working here, and we are studying art history so it is relevant to our studies. It’s been a great experience so far, and I have already met some famous Lithuanian artists that I admire,” revealed Makauskaitė.

“It is an international event, so you can enjoy art from many different cultures,” divulged Skuziuskaitė.

“We admire art and the artists that create it, so it is a great event to work at and attend. Today has been almost perfect for us,” she said.

ARTVILNIUS’13 is at Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre (LITEXPO) from 26-30 June 2013. For more information, please go to www.artvilnius.com 

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