Kaunas Biennal opens Kaunas European Capital of Culture 2022

Word by Jessica Stella
October 14, 2021

The 13th Kaunas Biennial titled “Once Upon Another Time… gyveno jie jau kitaip” returns and will run from November 12, 2021 to February 20, 2022.

The Biennial is conceived as a time to reflect on global situations, from the pandemic onwards. The curatorship includes an exploration of human resilience and adaptation to complicated situations.

Curated by Josée Drouin-Brisebois, the exhibition investigates different forms of storytelling through contemporary art, bringing out both individual narratives and shared, communal stories of survival.

The biennial will bring together 23 international artists and groups from Lithuania, Poland, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Brazil and will feature artists such as David Altmejd, Christian Boltanski, Shary Boyle, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Douglas Gordon, Petrit Halilaj (Kosovo), Augustas Serapinas.. and many others.

Ten new artworks have been commissioned for the 13th Kaunas Biennial, an event that will be one of the most significant contemporary art events, opening Kaunas European Capital of Culture 2022.

In addition, the exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive program of performances and workshops.

Major exhibition venues for the 13th Kaunas Biennial include the House of Basketball, the Tadas Ivanauskas Museum of Zoology and the Devil’s Museum.

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