Here I am – back home again – after one great (!) week in Vilnius.
It’s been a marvellous week and mostly spend in Gallery Arka, the biggest gallery of the city where I’m in good company: my personal exhibition is surrounded by the 3rd International Collage Exhibition Vilnius 2006 and the 4th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2006.
I arrived last Saturday and after 3 days of arranging – and rearranging – my 365 collages, the opening of all 3 exhibitions took place the 5.th December. It was held in a very official style with the gallery manager saying welcome, a speech by Kestutis Vasiliunas, curator of the exhibitions, me saying a few words about my work, a speech of gratitude by Josephine Tappert, prize-winner of this year, all translated from Lithuanian to English and reverse, and in the end: a beautiful and meditative piece of music for solo contrabass.
A bunch of artists from Lithuania participated, of course, but also artists and guests of other nationalities – from America, Japan, Scotland, Italy, Iceland, Germany, Sweden, and Denmark. We were actually quite a lot of people representing Denmark: 7 artists + partners/kids, and one librarian from the Royal Danish Library and her husband and a friend. Also people from the embassies and the culture institute were invited. It was a really nice event offering possibilities to make contacts and appointments and to exchange information and ideas.
After this official opening we all went to a restaurant near by to have dinner, to talk and to celebrate our work. Some of us came home a little late that night.