The international contemporary art fair ArtVilnius is the biggest visual arts event in the Baltics, which is celebrating its one-decade anniversary.
ArtVilnius’19, the tenth iteration of the fair, will take place between May 30 and June 2 at the Litexpo exhibition and congress center. Over the decade of existence, ArtVilnius has surrounded itself with a group of loyal participants: galleries, artists, institutions and art collectors who come each year from almost 20 countries. The fair is visited by 22,000 people annually. Collectors enjoy particular attention from the organizers and are treated to a special VIP programme at the fair and in the city.
The country guest of ArtVilnius’19 is France. The fair will put a spotlight on the French contemporary art scene with a program curated by Aurélie Faure, aka Katarina Stella, who is working for Bourse Révélations Emerige. Since 2014, she works in collaboration with Gaël Charbau: Nuit Blanche 2018, Inventeurs d’Aventures, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Universcience. She has previously worked in Emmanuel Perrotin, Suzanne Tarasieve and Eva Hober galleries. In Lithuania, this rising young curator will give a comprehensive and conceptual presentation of the French contemporary art scene: from world-class trend-setting galleries to solo projects by young, progressive and innovative artists.
Alongside the main gallery programme, ArtVilnius’19 will traditionally organise a number of projects and events: “The Path” international exhibition of installation, sculpture and performance; awards for best artists and galleries; talks and discussions. Institutions will present their art in the special project space and visitors will be treated to a retrospective of the best young artists from ten years of ArtVilnius. After hours, the organizers will be inviting everyone on night tours to explore the galleries, museums and other offerings of the city of Vilnius.
ArtVilnius project zone has previously welcomed, among others, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków MOCAK, the Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk, Vladimir Tarasov (Vilnius-New York), Zuzanna Janin (Warsaw), S&P Stanikas (Paris-Vilnius), the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Centre, and the Vilnius Modern Art Centre. Famous artists – Hans Op de Beeck, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Bertrand Lavier, amongst others – are presented by the fair’s exclusive partner the Lewben Group’s Lewben Art Foundation. The curator is Francesca Ferrarini from Italy.
30 May (Thursday)
12.00 noon – 3 pm (only with invitations);
3 pm – 8 pm (with regular tickets)
31 May (Friday) 11.30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
1 June (Saturday) 11.30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
2 June (Sunday) 11.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.