Minister of Culture: the Lithuanian pavilion at the Venice Biennale doesn't leave the audience indifferent


2019 05 11


Minister of Culture Mindaugas Kvietkauskas opened the Lithuanian pavilion at the International Venice Biennial. This time the Lithuanian beach was set up in it - a contemporary opera-performance "Sun & Sea" (Marina) by director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, writer Vaiva Grainytė and composer Lina Lapelytė.

A project representing Lithuania - albeit creating a positive mood - provokes thoughts about very serious topics: climate change, global fatigue, global warming, corporality, ecology, consumerism. Furthermore, the work of the artists surprises with an extraordinary exposition: visitors will be watching singing beach-goers resting on 35 tons of sand from above. The organizers pavilion found the space needed for such a stage design in the historic arsenal of Venice, in place of a former shipyard.

Minister of Culture Mindaugas Kvietkauskas was delighted that Lithuanian artists in Venice continue to address global issues: an experimental laboratory "Swamp School" curated by Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas presented in the Venice Biennale of last year, called for rethinking the importance of wetlands for urban development and the environment.

“We are pleased to see that our country's pavilion has received a lot of attention, that it manages to keep the audience involved. I would like to believe that the opera performance "Sun & Sea" and the themes behind this work will settle for a long time in our heads and minds just as the grains of sand that are still found in various places of our home long after returning from a seaside holiday," said the Minister of Culture Mindaugas Kvietkauskas.

The Minister of Culture also participated in the opening of the Latvian pavilion, and in the evening he will participate in the opening of the Estonian pavilion.

The Venice Biennale is considered as the most prestigious exhibition of contemporary art in the world. Lithuania has been participating in it since 1999. This year our country will be introducing itself for the 11th time. The Lithuanian pavilion at the Venice Biennale is presented by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, and organized by the Nida Art Colony of Art Academy of Vilnius. The curator of the Pavilion is Lucia Pietroiusti and the Commissioner is Dr. Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Honorary Commissioner being Prof. Jean-Baptiste Joly.

This is the 58th Venice Biennial. It will take place from 11 May through 24 November.