“Last year, when many international art fairs were cancelled or postponed, ArtVilnius was successfully launched with international participants. In compliance with all safety requirements, we achieved good sales results”, says Diana Stomiene, the director of ArtVilnius, emphasising that all necessary health precautions were taken when organising ArtVilnius’21.
ArtVilnius is a place where art collectors, professionals, and art lovers can discover a vibrant art scene from Baltic and Eastern European countries and meet galleries and artists from France, Germany, Italy, Austria, etc. Each year, the ArtVilnius selection committee chooses around 60 international galleries, and the Fair attracts about 23.1 thousand visitors. The deadline for applications from galleries interested in taking part in ArtVilnius’21 is 7 June 2021.
Along with the main gallery programme presented in the 10-thousand-sq.m.venue of Litexpo, ArtVilnius’21 will traditionally organise several projects and events. There will be a separate project zone where various art institutions and individual artists will present special exhibitions; an international exhibition of installations, sculptures, and performances ‘The Path’; awards for best artists and galleries; meetings and discussions. During after-Fair hours, the organisers will be inviting everyone to the night tours to explore galleries, museums, and other events in Vilnius.
During its first decade of existence, ArtVilnius hosted such famous galleries as Suzzane-Tarasieve, Eric Mouchet (France), Ulf Larsson (Germany), Maksla XO (Latvia), local_30, La Guern (Poland). Among others, the ArtVilnius project zone had previously welcomed the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków MOCA, Vladimir Tarasov (Vilnius-New York), Zuzanna Janin (Warsaw), S&P Stanikas (Paris-Vilnius), the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Centre, and the CAC – Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre. Famous artists – Hans Op de Beeck, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Bertrand Lavier, and others – were presented by the Lewben Art Foundation.