2019 Venice Biennale News

Nida Art Colony Will Represent Lithuania at the 2019 Venice Biennale

Audience view of Sun and Sea.

COURTESY NIDA ART COLONY

Nida Art Colony is set to represent Lithuania in the upcoming 2019 Venice Biennale. The Colony, an artist-in-residence program and art and education space based on the Curonian Spit, a peninsula that separates the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea, will present an opera performance titled Sun & Sea. The piece will be performed by its authors, Lina Lapelyte, Vaiva Grainyte, and Rugile Barzdžiukaite.

The performance 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 collective said in a statement.

Sun and 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 Dr. Lucia Pietroiusti, the public programs curator of the Serpentine Galleries in London; it was commissioned by Jean-Baptiste Joly, the founder and artistic director of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.

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