Commissioner Laura Rutkutė, Curator Laima Kreivytė Galerija Vartai, Vilnius
Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Cannaregio, 3599/A
June 7 to November 22, 2009
This year for the first time, visitors to the International Art
Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia - will be able to enter the majestic
building of Scuola Grande della Misericordia and experience the
installation TUBE by Žilvinas Kempinas. This Renaissance building dating
back to the 16th century and designed by the famous Venetian architect
Jacopo Sansovino is located in Cannaregio, northwest of Venice, and will
house the Lithuanian pavilion.
Žilvinas Kempinas is widely recognized for his bold use of videotape as a
sculptural medium. This large-scale installation, TUBE (created at the
Atelier Calder, Saché, France), resonates with the environment of the
floating city and creates a space where vision and movement are linked
by means of the body. TUBE addresses the physical and optical
experiences of the viewer, and the passage of time, while creating the
feeling of being inside and outside simultaneously.
One can describe TUBE metaphorically or geometrically but to be
appreciated it must be experienced directly. No image can convey the
gradual accumulation of sensory experiences awaiting visitors who pass
through the translucent tunnel of parallel lines. Kempinas changes the
function of magnetic tape from an information carrier to a linear map of
time and space. Spectators can explore this ambiguity of vision by
walking through TUBE as well as around it.
Žilvinas Kempinas was born in 1969 in Plungė, Lithuania. He lives and
works in New York. Solo exhibitions: Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2008); Le
Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, France (2008); Contemporary Art Center,
Vilnius (2007); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006); P.S.1 Contemporary Art
Center, New York (2003); Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York (2004,
Selected group shows: Espéces d'espaces, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York,
The Immediate Future, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden (2009), Now Jump,
Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin/Seoul, (2008), Manifesta 7, Bolzano,
Italy (2008); New Work: Zilvinas Kempinas, Alyson Shotz, Mary Temple,
SFMOMA, San Francisco (2008); Go East, Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg
In 2007 Žilvinas Kempinas was awarded the Calder Prize and was the
resident artist at the Atelier Calder in Saché, France, from January to
June of 2008.
The Lithuanian Pavilion is accompanied by a catalogue published by
DuMont Buchverlag. Contributing authors: Professor at the Vilnius
Academy of Arts, Alfonsas Andriuškevičius, Curator of the Lithuanian
Pavilion, Laima Kreivytė, Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New
York, Veronica Roberts, and Professor at the University of Plymouth
(UK), Malcolm Miles.
Patron of the Pavilion is the Prime Minister of the Republic of
Lithuania Andrius Kubilius.
The Lithuanian Pavilion is principally funded by the Ministry of Culture
of the Republic of Lithuania and supported by Danutė and Alain Mallart,
Sutkienė ir partneriai, TEO LT, Logotipas, Libra Vitalis and Lietuvos