martedì 5 maggio 2015

Museum - Lithuanian Pavilion

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Council for Culture, and the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts have the pleasure to invite you to the opening of

Dainius Liškevičius’ project MUSEUM 

in the Pavilion of Lithuania at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

on Wednesday, 6 May 2015, at 5 pm with the artist’s performance

The Lithuanian pavilion and the opening ceremony will be in the garden of the Palazzo Zenobio, Fondamenta Soccorso, Dorsoduro 2596, Venezia

Museum, which originated in 2012 as a black cube intervention in the Lithuanian National Gallery of Art in Vilnius (formerly the Museum of the Revolution of the Lithuanian SSR), has arrived in Venice as an artist-created institution which can tell and do what ordinary museums cannot. The artist’s ways of storytelling and rhetoric simulate the phenomenon of a museum itself, with its rules and methods. In this way, a discursive space with overlapping subjective and objective interpretations of time is created. As the Lithuanian national pavilion, Museum seemingly alludes to the idea of the curator Okwui Enwezor that a national pavilion is “the most anachronistic exhibition model”. At the same time, it offers a relevant model of conduct for today’s world, full of national and geopolitical conflicts.

The multi-layered collection that has been put together by the artist works as an elliptical time loop. It simultaneously takes us back to the recent Soviet past, questions the present, and projects our anxieties on to a future that is full of cultural and geopolitical tensions. Museum is essentially a one-off piece of artistic research, but it is not only relevant in exploring the depths of the Soviet totalitarian regime. It is also a possible model for dealing with present-day hegemonic powers, and their impact on the public discourse and the freedom of the artist. We can also interpret Museum as a new kind of patriotism, which rethinks the new democracies’ national myths, and their attempts to create legitimacy for a contemporary nation-state. 

In his vision of Lithuanian (art) history, revamped with subtle irony, the artist offers an unexpected version of the archaeology of objects. Here, every object has both a personal and a collective history that conveys the signs of the times, and allows us to travel in time. Within the space of Museum, Liškevičius’ own life story intertwines with those of dissident revolutionaries and idealised cultural figures (such as Jean-Paul Sartre), further erasing the thin line between subjective and objective forms of storytelling.

Tours to Museum will be given by Lithuanian, English (and sometimes Italian) speaking guides, who will help viewers to find the intersecting multi-linear narratives in it. The printed English guide will help to uncover the stories behind the three revolutionary personalities and some of the exhibits. There is also a book Museum (2013), with full commentaries on the project and extensive illustrations.

Commissioner/Curator of the Lithuanian Pavilion dr. Vytautas Michelkevičius


Dainius Liškevičius (born 1970 in Kaunas, lives and works in Vilnius) is one of the most prominent Lithuanian artists, who started his artistic career with Lithuania’s independence. With the incredible socio-political changes since 1990, his creative work has evolved through very different media and styles. Performativity and the fluctuating identity of the artist, both as a theme and as a form, are among the main keywords describing his work. The artist studied sculpture and later postgraduate studies at Vilnius Academy of Arts, and is an active participant in national and international shows.

Lithuania's representation at Venice in 2015 is organised by the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts. 

Check to find out more about the Lithuanian pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.

The Lithuanian pavilion will run daily (except Tuesdays) from 7 May until 30 September, 10am to 6pm.

For additional information, please contact the producer of the pavilion Ms. Daina Pupkevičiūtė

The main sponsors of the pavilion are the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Council for Culture.


The bi-annual international art exhibition la Biennale di Venezia has taken place in the Giardini and the surrounding city since 1895. This year, the 56th international art exhibition is scheduled to be open to the public from 9 May to 22 November. The preview days are on 6-8 May.

Vilnius Academy of Arts is the only university-level state institution for higher education in art in Lithuania. The Nida Art Colony is a department of Vilnius Academy of Art, and runs residencies and educational and art production programmes in the resort town of Nida on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

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