International contemporary art fair ArtVilnius’16 attracted the participation of 60 galleries from 12 countries (Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, and France). The guest country was Poland. During the four days of ArtVilnius’16, Exhibition and Congress Centre Litexpo was proud to meet 21 thousand visitors; about 200 works of art were sold for more than 260 thousand euro.  Attention to ArtVilnius’16 was paid by foreign ambassadors who visited the events of the art fair. Presentation of the latest collection of the Lewben Art Foundation organised by the exclusive partner of ArtVilnius’16, Lewben Group, was proud to meet many representatives of business and art elite.

Traditionally, the best artists and galleries were announced on the opening day of the art fair. All winners were selected by the panel of judges composed of art critics Ernestas Parulskis and Virginijus Kinčinaitis, and art critic, researcher and vice-rector at Vilnius Academy of Arts.
The Best ArtVilnius’16 Installation – Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė, “Kill(ed) for Peace” (presented by “Artifex” Gallery of the Vilnius Academy of Arts)

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The Best ArtVilnius’16 Artist – Zuzanna Janin (presented by  “local_30” gallery, Warsaw)

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The Best ArtVilnius’16 Lithuanian Gallery – Nulinis Laipsnis (0º)

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The Best ArtVilnius’16 Foreign Galler
y– gallery Ў (Minsk)

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 The Best ArtVilnius’16 Young  Artist, under 35  (Eur 1,000 prize by Law Firm COBALT, maecenas of the Fair) – Beatričė Mockevičiūtė (presented by 5 Malūnai Gallery of the Vilnius Academy of Arts)

2016-06-09 18-56-52 author Rytis Seskaitis

The Best ArtVilnius’16 Gallery audience award  – Ulf Larsson’s gallery (Cologne)

Geriausia galerija tapo Ulf Larsson iš Vokietijos.

The Best ArtVilnius’16 Artist audience award – Linas Blažiūnas (presented by “Akademija” Gallery of the Vilnius Academy of Arts )

Geriausiu menininku tapo Linas Blažiūnas.


About 200 works of art were sold for more than 260 thousand euro. According to Mrs. Diana Stomienė, director of ArtVilnius’16, the statistical figures for artworks sold at the art fair are not precise. “Not necessarily all art sales should be completed during the art fair; many transactions are finalised after the fair. Art lovers and collectors often contact authors during the art fair, apply to experts for advice, look around, make bookings and purchase the works they liked later. Such transactions fall beyond our records, but we know they have to do with the art fair”, says Mrs. Stomienė.

Art galleries from this year’s guest country Poland caught buyers’ attention: Stalowa Gallery sold four artworks and Czułość Gallery sold three photographs by Nampei Akaki from Japan. The only participant gallery from Estonia, Okapi Gallery, sold four works and enjoyed a successful debut in ArtVilnius. Works by Alexey Lunev were in the centre of attention at the stand of Y Gallery, the Best Gallery at ArtVilnius’16. Great visitor’s attention was also drawn to foreign galleries, such as lokal_30, Zderzak, Nivet-Carzon, F.A.I.T., Maksla XO, Kovcheg, Agijas Sūnas Art Gallery, and others. Many visitors and buyers focused on large-scale steel objects by Dutch artist Ronald A. Westerhuis and new kinetic installation “Something in the Air” by Kęstutis Svirnelis.

This year, Lithuanian galleries and artists enjoyed exceptional success at ArtVilnius’16. The Rooster gallery sold even 8 works of art by young and promising painting artists Vita Opolskytė, Kristina Ališauskaitė, Andrius Zakarauskas and Auksė Miliukaitė. E.K.ART Gallery sold more than ten works, including photographs by Vitas Luckus and Vytautas Balčytis. Aukso Pjūvis Gallery enjoyed having buyers for more than 20 of gallery’s artworks. This gallery showcased the paintings by Aldona Gustas. Visitors of Meno Niša Gallery bought artworks by young painter Paulius Šliaupa and famous classic Rūta Katiliūtė. Baroti Gallery (KADS) sold out all paintings of Radion Petrov. Among other selling artists there were Monika Žaltauskaitė-Grašienė, Andrius Erminas, Eglė Rakauskaitė, Martynas Gaubas, Vilmantas Marcinkevičius, Pranas Gailius, Vytautas Kasiulis and Rūta Jusionytė. Kaunas photo gallery sold several works by Donatas Stankevičius from the series “Old drivers”.

Artist Kristina Norvilaitė sold 8 art works, of which two were bought by Law Firm Cobalt, maecenas of art fair ArtVilnius’16 and its leading partner in Lithuania Irmantas Norkus. The maecenas added a total of 7 art pieces to their collection. He selected a painting by Vita Opolskytė and four graphical works of Linas Katinas.



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