Arunas Gudaitis, Vilnius Postcard Series, 2009, digital print, 4 x 6".


10th Baltic Triennial

Contemporary Art Centre
Vokieciu 2
September 25–November 22, 2009

Curated by Ann Demeester and Kestutis Kuizinas

With at least five culturally distinct histories—from Jewish to Tartar Muslim—scribed in as many languages, Vilnius has long been considered one of Europe’s most enigmatic cities. This year, as Lithuania celebrates its millennial anniversary, the metropolis serves as a European Capital of Culture—an official title, tied to a PR agenda whose limits the curators intend to test with “Urban Stories,” the triennial’s multifarious tenth iteration. Comprising sixty works, including thirty-five site-specific installations and performances by such international artists as My Barbarian (USA) and Chim Pom (Japan), as well as films by Lithuania’s own Deimantas Narkevicius, the exhibition will unfold across the city, from an abandoned clinic at its center to CAC and beyond. Like earlier editions, this triennial comes with a full-color catalogue, an extensive website, and a dedicated issue of CAC’s quarterly journal, Interviu.