2019 Venice Biennale News

Lithuanian Pavilion at 2019 Venice Biennale Goes to Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte, Lina Lapelyte

Audience view of Sun and Sea.

COURTESY NIDA ART COLONY

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė will represent Lithuania in the upcoming 2019 Venice Biennale with an opera/performance piece titled Sun & SeaThe work takes place on an ad-hoc beach where the performers sing as they sunbathe, with the audience watching from above. “Sun & Sea’s setting is a makeshift beach area, set up indoors to resemble as closely as possible a real-life, crowded beach: like a counter-monumental, anti-baroque theatre,” the artists said in a statement.

Sun & Sea has been performed at Vilnius’s National Gallery of Arts in 2017 and as a “micro-opera” at Palermo Gallery in Stuttgart. The curator of the Venice Biennale version is Lucia Pietroiusti, the public programs curator of the Serpentine Galleries in London; the work’s two commissioners are Rasa Antanavičiūtė, the executive director of Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, and Jean-Baptiste Joly, the founder and artistic director of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.

Update 7/3/18, 12:15  p.m.: This post has been updated to reflect changes made since the news was first announced.

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