ArtVilnius is the only contemporary art fair in Lithuania and the largest art fair in the Eastern Europe region. Over the last eight 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 20,000 visitors, with about 60 art galleries from a dozen or so countries participating ((Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, and France). The applications of galleries wishing to participate in the art fair are reviewed and selected by a jury made up of art critics and art market experts, thereby ensuring the professionalism of the galleries at the fair.
As the only art fair of its type in the region, it aims to be universally democratic. For this reason, the main objectives of ArtVilnius are not limited to stimulating the art market in the Eastern and Northern Europe region, as well as the presentation of a representative panorama of contemporary art galleries. The fair’s organisers have integrated Vilnius into the system of the most significant centres of contemporary art in Europe and have helped it become a bridge between East and West.
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).
From 2014 the Lewben Art Foundation of the fair’s exclusive partner the Lewben Group has been presenting the collections of world-famous artists in the project zone curated by Francesca Ferrarini (Italy). On the list of these artists one can find the names of Hans Op de Beeck, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Bertrand Lavier, amongst others.
The fair is also exceptional in its annual large-scale sculptures and installations show Takas (The Path), in which artists from Lithuanian, Latvia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Denmark and elsewhere have presented their work.
ArtVilnius aims to expand the circle of those interested in contemporary art in various sections of society, with a focus on young people in particular. That is why education plays a prominent part at the fair. Every year, visitors can avail themselves of a host of creative workshops and talks, as well as meetings with artists. Selecting the best galleries, the best artist and the best art works has become a traditional part of the ArtVilnius programme.
Lithuanian Art Gallerists’ Association, director Ms Diana Stomiene