The 4th Annual Vilnius Gallery Weekend Will Explore How Exhibition Spaces Are Changing

2019/08/29

Vilnius Gallery Weekend will be taking place for the 4th time on 5-8 September. This year, the organisers have created a route that will take visitors through 25 galleries and exhibition spaces located not only in the city centre but also in more remote districts and even outside the city itself. The four-day programme includes 12 exhibition openings, a performance by one of the Golden Lion laureates, a discussion on the ecosystem of Vilnius exhibition spaces and many other events.

The event, held by the Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association(LIAA), is welcoming visitors to explore various art spaces throughout the city, as well as to present new initiatives and develop a lasting habit of visiting galleries. Over time, the event has become a part of not only the cultural life in the capital but also an international tradition, since similar events have been taking place in various cities throughout Europe and the whole world for over a decade.

The Gallery Weekend, which has been taking place in early September each year since 2016, now serves as an occasion to begin the new season of contemporary art exhibitions. “Even though seasons seem insignificant to the contemporary art scene, as most galleries hold exhibitions year-round, they still affect the city itself. The number of people increases with the very first days of autumn, as new residents move in, and it is particularly important to present them with a rich panorama of contemporary art,” said Gabrielė Radzevičiūtė, the young art theorist and curator who created the programme for this year’s event.

The event begins on Thursday, 5 September with a discussion on the ecosystem of Vilnius exhibition spaces. It will seek to ascertain how new players change the art sphere and what happens when older institutions close down. The conversation will symbolically take place at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), which is due to close for reconstruction later this autumn, and has prepared a rich programme for Vilnius Gallery Weekend. It will offer two exhibition openings as well as guided tours, an educational programme for children, a concert and a give-away of duplicate copies of publications from its reading room collection. 

The Gallery Weekend route will include not only well-established exhibition spaces such as the CAC, National Gallery of Art (NDG), Rupert centre for education, residences and exhibitions, Vartai, AV17 and Vilnius Academy of Arts galleries, but also a number of newcomers. Friday will see the opening of Atletika gallery, the first exhibition space on the developing SODAS 2123 culture complex on the historic hill of the former Heaven’s Gardens on Vitebsko street. The space, which is curated by the Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Union, will host exhibition openings, concerts and presentations of new initiatives and books.

If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway outside the city, the programme creators suggest getting on a train to Lentvaris. You might witness a performance by Arturas Bumšteinas, who will be spending his Saturday afternoon at the Lokomotif meeting place, which opened this spring at the historic railway station in Lentvaris. On Sunday, Lentvaris railway depot will host a performance by the artist Lina Lapelytė, co-author of the Sun & Sea (Marina) opera-performance, which won the Golden Leon at the Venice Biennial. 

All Vilnius Gallery Weekend events are free of charge.

For the full programme of the Vilnius Gallery Weekend, see: https://vilniausgalerijusavaitgalis.lt/

VILNIUS GALLERY WEEKEND PARTICIPANTS:

Atletika gallery (Vitebsko St 21, 23)

(AV17) gallery (Totorių St 5)

Dūmų Fabrikas gallery (Dūmų St 3)

Meno Niša gallery (J. Basanavičiaus St 1/13)

SHCH/ŠC gallery (Teatro St 7A)

Trivium gallery (Vilkpedės St 7–105)

Vartai gallery (Vilniaus St 39)

SODAS 2123 culture complex (Vitebsko St 21, 23)

LAA gallery Arka (Aušros Vartų St 7)

Lentvaris depot (Geležinkelio St 15, Lentvaris)

Autarkia artist centre (Naugarduko St 41)

Studium P art project space (Pylimo St 20)

National Gallery of Art (Konstitucijos Ave 22)

VITRINA & Bench exhibition space (Kauno St 36, Kombinat Dailė, 1st floor)

Editorial project space (Latako St 3)

Prospekto gallery (Gedimino St 43)

Lokomotif meeting space (Geležinkelio St 13, Lentvaris)

Contemporary Art Centre (Vokiečių St 2)

Rupert interdisciplinary centre for education, residences and exhibition (Vaidilutės St 79)

UMI gallery Kalnas (Krivių St 10)

Vilnius Photography Gallery (Stiklių St 4 / Didžioji St 19)

VAA exhibition hall Titanikas (Maironio St 3)

VAA textile gallery Artifex (Gaono St 1)

VAA gallery Akademija (Pilies St 44)

VAA project space Krematoriumas | Meno Krosnys (Maironio St 6, II courtyard)

The project is partially funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and Vilnius City Municipality

More information:

Gabrielė Radzevičiūtė

Vilnius Gallery Weekend Curator 

Email: gabriele.radzeviciute@gmail.com

Tel. +370 626 89 230

Jogintė Bučinskaitė

Vilnius Gallery Weekend Communications Curator 

Email: joginte.bucinskaite@gmail.comTel. +370 

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