**Baltic Triennial 14. The Endless Frontier. Photo by CAC
into one giant open-air gallery, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, will be
displaying internationally-recognised and local artwork city-wide all
throughout the summer. The city invites visitors to discuss the artistic take
on geopolitics in Baltic Triennial 14: The
Endless Frontier, to hear the tales of indigenous Lithuanian dwellers, and
to tour the city, encountering art displays on billboards every step of the
Vilnius continues the tradition of open-air
projects. Last year, the city turned into a huge outdoor café to reduce the pandemic isolation of the
community during the lockdowns. This summer, the capital of Lithuania has once
again opened its streets to art, becoming an open-air gallery. A number of art
expositions and last year’s most famous street art event, Art Needs No Roof, will take
place throughout the entire city till September, allowing everyone to immerse
into the urban artistic movement.
Triennial 14 unites artists from Central
and Eastern Europe
the most awaited expositions of the summer, Baltic
Triennial 14: The Endless Frontier has attracted art
pieces from Central and Eastern Europe, focusing on the geopolitical
interactions between the regions. The exposition, organised by the Contemporary
Art Centre since 1979, is open all summer till September 5th,
creating a platform to discuss old and new ideas, the aspects of freedom and
safety as well as traditional and modern values.
to the curators of the exhibition, Valentinas Klimašauskas, a Lithuanian writer
and curator, and João Laia, chief exhibition curator at the Kiasma Museum of
Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Central and Eastern Europe is an important
crossroads for social issues regarding ideology, ecology, and economy. The arising
tensions, conveyed through the art, are also ignited by disinformation,
man-made industrial disasters, oppression of non-normative identities, and
The exposition displays several artists from some of the European political hotspots, such as Belarus and Ukraine. For instance, Jura Shust, a Belarussian-born artist, presents his art display Neophyte II, which shows a group of young people hiding and performing pagan rituals in the forest where they seek freedom and safety from political realia. Similar escapism theme is navigated by the artists from Ukraine, Yarema Malaschuk and Roman Himey, in their exposition Dedicated to the Youth of the World II. However, instead of a forest, the youth choose to escape the oppressive reality by clubbing throughout the night.
The Baltic Triennial exposition
is located throughout the entire Vilnius, not only turning the city into one
giant outdoor gallery, but also highlighting some of the areas favoured by
locals and city guests. For instance, the displays are held in the Contemporary
Art Centre, Rupert, an art incubator near the highly frequented Valakampiai Beach, and a “SODAS 2123,” a
cultural hub in the Station District.
folk heritage explored through indigenous artefacts and tales
summer, Vilnius also will be hosting a range of other expositions and artistic
events. The National Gallery of Art presents the exhibition Indigenous Narratives till September 26th.
The exposition showcases the 19-20th century Lithuanian ethnos
through the narratives of the least modernized country dwellers.
sound project Indigenous
Phonograms by Lithuanian-based artist Marius Juknevičius furnishes
the exposition with records of authentic indigenous tales about rural life
peculiarities. The records have been selected from a Lithuanian Folk Phonogram
Collection, included in the UNESCO World Memory Register.
multitude of ethnographic artefacts, photograph collections, and testimonies
collected from various Lithuanian museums and galleries, reveal three
historical periods—the Czarist Russia, the First Lithuanian Republic, and the
Soviet period—that have impacted the Lithuanian cultural memory. Aside from the
display, the Gallery also offers other accompanying activities: creative
workshops, and a barley field installation.
outside of confined spaces—a way to inspire passers-by with art
the most famous art projects of the past year, Art Needs No Roof, comes back to Vilnius
once again to display art pieces in unexpected parts of the capital until
August 1st. Last year the project attracted national attention as a
way to aid artists affected by the pandemic. Now, a hundred art pieces will be
exhibited in outdoor billboards throughout the city to be admired and,
potentially, purchased by the passers-by. The map indicating art pieces and
approximately 300 works will be also available on the project website.