Zilvinas Kempinas to represent Lithuania at 53rd Venice Biennale
Spencer Brownstone Gallery is pleased to announce that Zilvinas Kempinas has been chosen to represent Lithuania at the upcoming Venice Biennale, opening June 7th, 2009.
Zilvinas was selected by an independent committee from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture to represent their country at this 53rd edition of the biennial.
The artist will present a work entitled 'Tube' that was created during his recent six-month stay at Atelier Calder. 'Tube' is a 30 meter long installation that creates a dramatic enclosed walkway from stretched lengths of videotape. The work is the latest in a series employing the artist's signature medium of unspooled magnetic tape. The works inventively exploit the strength and ultra-lightweight nature of tape to create beguiling and seemingly contradictory physical spectacles that seem to defy logic and captivate the viewer. Putting these disorienting and sometimes dizzying qualities into play, Kempinas skillfully subverts relationships with architecture, form, and space.
The announcement of Zilvinas's participation in the Biennale follows his inclusion in the 'New Work' series at SF MoMA (which can still be seen through November 4th), Manifesta7 (through November 2nd), 'Jump Now', at the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, Korea (through February 5th), as well as 'Go East', a two-person exhibition alongside Roman Ondák at the Musée d'Art Moderne in Luxembourg, (through December 8th).
The artist is also preparing for two important future exhibitions over the coming months:
• A solo show at the Kunsthalle, Vienna. Following exhibitions by Mathew Barney and Derek Jarman, the exhibition will open October 30th.
• 'The Immediate Future', a group exhibition at the Lund Konsthall, opening January 31st.
Two monographic catalogs will be forthcoming and a major interview/feature on the artist will soon be available online at Museo Contemporary Art Magazine.
More info on the work of Zilvinas here, of course.