Art and Heritage in Central Europe

ArtVilnius is the only contemporary art fair in Lithuania and the largest event of visual arts in Eastern Europe. ArtVilnius, which had its start in 2009, was one of the most important events in the Vilnius – European Capital of Culture project. Over the last ten years, the art fair has expanded and become firmly established on the local and international art scene, as well as on the list of must-visit events for art lovers.
This is also confirmed by the statistics. Every year ArtVilnius has over 23,000 visitors, with about 65 art galleries from a dozen or so countries participating (Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, France etc).

Alongside the supplementary contemporary art galleries programme, a separate project zone is also organised in which various art institutions and individual artists present special exhibitions. ArtVilnius is particularly proud of having in past years presented some of the best-known Polish art institutions (the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków MOCAK, the Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk) and a programme of contemporary video art by one of the oldest video art festivals in Europe VIDEONALE (Germany). A regular Fair’s participant is the Estonian contemporary art platform NOAR that presents Nordic and Baltic Young Artist Award.

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During 15–17 October the International ArtVilnius’21 will take place. This is the largest event of its kind in the Baltic countries. As in previous years, it is accompanied by a special exhibition programme, as part of which MOCAK has, for the sixth time, been invited to present an exhibition based on its Collection.
The exhibition Nature as a Creative Material demonstrates the creative potential of nature.
Artists: Julius von Bismarck, Rolf Julius, Krzysztof Maniak, Małgorzata Markiewicz, Teresa Murak, Beat Streuli
Curator: Monika Kozioł

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