Per la prossima edizione della Biennale, la Lituania collaborerà con Cipro. Il progetto espositivo congiunto si articolerà in due distinti padiglioni nazionali a cura di Raimundas Malasauskas, curatore e autore. Questo modo innovativo di partecipando alla mostra ha come obiettivo di proporre un altro concetto di presenza nazionale, mostrando un progetto plurinazionale che negozia il significato del cosmopolitismo contemporaneo in relazione all'arte e alla società.
Il progetto di mostra collettiva, dal titolo "oO", è stato sviluppato da Malasauskas come una grande mostra curata per caratterizzare gli artisti ciprioti e lituano, nonché contributi da una serie di artisti internazionali di diversa generations.
Curatore: Raimundas Malasauskas
Artisti : Dario Mikšys Antanas Gerlikas Andrius Rugys
Participation of Cyprus in the 55th International Art Exhibition (1 June – 24 November 2013)
The next Venice Biennial of Visual Arts will take place between 1st June and 24 November 2013 (preview on 29, 30 and 31st May). The Board of the Biennale di Venezia has appointed Massimiliano Gioni asDirector of the Visual Arts Sector, with specific responsibility for curating the 55th International Art Exhibition, under the general title The Encyclopedic Palace (Il Palazzo Enciclopedico).For this next edition of the Biennial, Cyprus will be collaborating with Lithuania on a joint exhibition project of two distinct national pavilions, curated by Raimundas Malašauskas. This unprecedented partnership of two European states aims among others to propose another approach to the ‘national participation’ model, by staging a transnational project that negotiates the notion of contemporary cosmopolitanism in relation to art and society. The collaboration explores warp-holes of time between distinct cultures, whose intrinsic plurality of perspectives works as open premises to be discovered and explored in the making of the project.
Raimundas Malašauskas is a curator and writer. His curatorial work is shaped by the belief in creativity of the public. He has presented art exhibitions through hypnosis séances —his ongoing Hypnotic Show—and variety performances, such as in his ongoing Clifford Irving Show. His writing combines his interest in contemporary art, music, doubling, food, history, science, his native Lithuania and time travel, among
Malašauskas recently worked as one of the agents of dOCUMENTA(13), this summer in Kassel. Previous to this, he was curator of the Satellite exhibition series at the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris in 2010-2011; a curator at Artists Space, New York in 2007-2009; and, visiting curator at California College of the Arts, San Francisco in 2007 to 2008. Since 2011, he teaches at the Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam.
From 1995 to 2006, Malašauskas worked at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, where he curated numerous exhibitions, including the IX Baltic Triennial, Black Market Worlds (2005). There, he also produced the first two seasons of the weekly television show CAC TV, an experimental merger of commercial television and contemporary art, which ran under the slogan: “Every program is a pilot, every program is the final episode.”