ArtVilnius’17 has set a number of new records. The four-day event at the Litexpo exhibition and congress centre was visited by some 22,500 people who purchased over 200 artworks, a significant increase from last year.
This year’s fair attracted even more visitors than last year. Interested collectors came to ArtVilnius’17 from France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Belarus, Latvia and Estonia. A number of ambassadors and diplomats have also been among the visitors, while the guest list of Lewben Art Foundation’s art collection presentation event, organized by the fair’s exclusive partner Lewben Group, featured prominent dignitaries from the art and the business worlds.
This year, buyers at the art fair were equally interested in foreign artists and offerings of Lithuanian galleries. Stalowa from Poland has been named one of the seven best galleries at ArtVilnius’17 and has sold several artworks. Equally successful were ArtVilnius regulars: Maksla Xo (Latvia), Karavan (France), NB Galleri (Denmark) all enjoyed good sales. Immaginaria Arti Visive from Italy, Happy Art Museum from Latvia and Grosart Romta from Russia, all returning to Vilnius for the second time, also concluded a number of successful deals.
Foreign galleries and artists say that, in Vilnius, not only have they sold existing artworks, but also shook hands on new commissions and found potential partners for cooperative projects. The art fair’s head Ms Stomienė notes that Lithuanian galleries focused much more on making sales this year. Galleries such as Meno Niša, The Rooster Gallery, Aukso Pjūvis, Grafo, Contour, Kunstkamera, Menų Tiltas, Kristinos Norvilaitės Galerija, Šv. Jono Gatvės Galerija and E.K.Art all reported excellent results.
Traditionally, the best artists and galleries were announced on the opening day of the art fair. One of the novelties introduced in this year’s edition of ArtVilnius is that as many as seven galleries were named as the best. The winners were picked by a jury of art professionals chaired by art historian Virginijus Kinčinaitis. Other jurors were art historians Dr. Virginija Vitkienė and Ernestas Parulskis, artists Deimantas Narkevičius and Žilvinas Landzbergas.
ArtVilnius’17 best galleries (in alphabetical order): ARgenTum, the Vilnius Academy of Art gallery (Vilnius); Dusetai Gallery and Arts Centre; Foku (Tallinn); Kuldīga Artists‘ residence (Kuldiga); Stalowa (Warsaw); Meno Parkas (Kaunas); gallery-apartment Trivium (Vilnius).
The Best ArtVilnius’17 Installation
by Raimonda Sereikaitė
The Best ArtVilnius’17 Artist – Mindaugas Navakas
The Best ArtVilnius’17 Young Artist, under 35 (Eur 1,000 prize by Law Firm COBALT, maecenas of the Fair) – Povilas Ramanauskas (Meno Parkas gallery)
ArtVilnius’17 audience Select Gallery (monetary prizes from Volfas Engelman) – Dusetų dailės galerija
ArtVilnius’17 audience Select Artist (monetary prizes from Volfas Engelman) – Remigijus Kriukas and Indrė Stulgaitė-Kriukienė (Dusetų dailės galerija)