Jeroen de Rijke
Willem de Rooij
Choi Jeong Hwa
Yuk King Tan
The 8th Baltic Triennial of International Art. The largest contemporary art event ever to take place in North Eastern Europe, the exhibition will include over 60 international artists.
The 8th Baltic Triennial of International Art
Curator: Tobias Berger, Germany (Kunsthalle Fridericianum)
The largest contemporary art event ever to take place in North Eastern Europe, the exhibition will include over 60 international artists.
Curated by Tobias Berger (Germany), it will be held in the spectacular setting of the Contemporary Art Centre and Vilnius's fantastically proportioned Old Pravda Printing House.
The event (exhibition, lectures, seminar) aims to research the ambiguous phenomenon of centres - their opportunities, dangers and the various relationships between them be they political, economic, cultural, social, or scientific. Based upon a concept of the centre, a topic much overlooked in the recent focus upon the peripheries yet of growing significance, the exhibition will be curated in concentric circles. The exhibition takes Vilnius as its central location and will research outward from this local point. The majority of artists will therefore be from Lithuania and its neighbouring countries, with representation also of artists from Western European nations as well as a number from as far away as Japan, New Zealand, Korea, the United States and Mexico, among others.
Many of the artists will come to Vilnius to research and realize new works for the exhibition.
The 8th Baltic Triennial of International Art, entitled CENTRE OF ATTRACTION, aims to research the ambiguous phenomenon of centres - their opportunities, dangers and the various relationships between them be they political, economic, cultural, social, scientific, etc. The appeal of the centre - in some respects analogous to the centrifugal force of black holes - also produces an enormous gravity, an undertow with unknown consequences. The exhibition and accompanying lectures, seminars and panel discussions endeavour to initiate critical discourse around the topic of centres, sites of space and of transformation.
Approximately 60 international artists will participate in the exhibition and other events, with a special focus on Lithuania and its neighbouring countries. A majority of the artworks will be produced especially for the exhibition. CENTRE OF ATTRACTION is oriented toward establishing a regular international art event in Eastern Europe and creating a geographic balance in the map of biennials and triennials, which act as temporarily centres of artistic and cultural dialogue.
Founded in 1979, The Baltic Triennial of Young Artists for many years provided the only platform in the Baltic region for international artistic exchange. Touted by the Soviet Union as a showplace for avant-garde art, the Triennial provoked passionate discussions in political as well as artistic circles through the end of the 1980's. After the restoration of an independent Lithuania in 1990, the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius became the primary venue for contemporary art in the Baltic region. The Baltic Triennial of International Art has likewise assumed a role of increasing significance and scope.
CENTRE OF ATTRACTION is composed of the exhibition, an after-opening debate, intermittent lectures, a seminar on the topic, guided tours and a catalogue.
CENTRE OF ATTRACTION is generously supported by: the Canada Council for the Arts, Creative New Zealand, Danish Contemporary Art Foundation, DFDS Transport, DHL, FRAME - Finnish Fund for Art Exchange, Goethe Institute Vilnius, Holiday Inn, Institut fÃ¼r Auslandsbeziehungen, Pro Helvetia.
ARTIST LIST 8th Baltic Triennial of International Art in Vilnius: Franz Ackermann (Germany), Rieko Akatsuka (Japan/Great Britain), Pavel Althamer (Poland), Francis Alys (Belgium/Mexico), Vladimir Arkhipov (Russia), Azorro (Poland), Mikhal Barazna (Belorus), Thomas Bayrle (Germany), Bluenose-Group (Russia), Monica Bonvicini (Italy), Candice Breitz (South Africa/Germany), Aida Ceponyte/Valdas Ozarinskas (Lithuania), Martha Colburn (USA/The Netherlands), Annelise Coste (France/Switzerland), BjÃ¶rn Dahlem (Germany), Jeroen de Rijke/Willem de Rooij (The Netherlands), Vadim Fishkin (Russia/Slovenia), Sylvie Fleury (Switzerland), Gints Gabrans (Latvia), Lukasz Gorczyca (Poland), Asta GrÃ¶ting (Germany), Nic Hess (Switzerland), Choi Jeong Hwa (Korea), Christian Jankowski (Germany), Katarzyna JÃ³zefowicz (Poland), Kiwa (Estonia), Artur Klinov (Belarus), Jakob Kolding (Denmark), Hendrikje KÃ¼hne/Beat Klein (Switzerland), Mark Lombardi (USA), George Maciunas (Lithuania/USA), JÃ¡n Mancuska (Czech Republic), Ieva Mediodia (Lithuania/USA), Julie Mehretu (USA), Nathalie Melikian (Canada), Darius Miksys (Lithuania), Sarah Morris (Great Britain), mvrdv (The Netherlands), Deimantas Narkevicius (Lithuania), Audrius Novickas (Lithuania), Henrik Olesen (Denmark), Ilppo Pohjola (Finland), Marjetica Potrc (Slovenia), Egle Rakauskaite (Lithuania), Peter Robinson (New Zealand), Taro Shinoda (Japan), Santiago Sierra (Mexico), Sean Snyder (USA/Germany), Laura Stasiulyte (Lithuania), Tommy Stockel (Denmark), Yuk King Tan (New Zealand), Salla TykkÃ¤ (Finland), Pae White (USA), RenÃ© Zeh (Germany), Darius Ziura (Lithuania)
Press Preview: September 13, 2002
Professional Preview: September 13, 2002
Seminar: October 25 and 26, 2002
For more details, please visit us at http://www.coa.lt.
Location: Contemporary Art Centre, the Old Printing House and other venues
Contemporary Art Centre, Vokieciu 2, 2001 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel: +370 2 623476, Fax: +370 2 623954