Network Architecture Lab (Kazys Varnelis and Leigha Dennis). Detachment
17 Jun 2016 – 14 Aug 2016
Contemporary Art Centre
The Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) is the largest venue for contemporary art in the Baltic States, with an exhibition space of 2400 square meters. The CAC is a non-collection based institution committed to developing a broad range of international and Lithuanian exhibition projects as well as presenting a wide range of public programmes including lectures, seminars, performances, film and video screenings, and live new music events. The building was inaugurated in 1968 as the Art Exhibition Palace and was run as a branch of the Lithuanian Museum of Art until 1988. Since 1992, the CAC has been an independent institution principally funded by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. In 1997 the CAC was gifted a Fluxus Archive by the Silverman Collection (Detroit) in commemoration of Lithuanian Fluxus co-founder George Maciunas, that it keeps on permanent display.
The CAC organises approximately five/six large-scale exhibition projects per annum (including retrospectives, surveys, and international group shows) in conjunction with up to 15 smaller projects. The CAC is well known internationally as the home of the Baltic Triennial of International Art, one of the major contemporary festival exhibitions in Northern Europe. In 2005 the IX Baltic Triennial: BMW (Black Market Worlds) was positively reviewed by international specialist press. And in 2009 the X Baltic Triennial: Urban Stories was the lynchpin contemporary art event in the national program of ‘Vilnius – European Capital of Culture’. In 2012 ‘Mindaugas Triennial’ turned into 12 day event focused exclusively on performance and film, where the contributions of artists were channelled through a radically minimized vessel – one human being.
Since 2005, the CAC has produced the magazine CAC Interview: a bilingual (Lithuanian & English) interview based publication that focuses on the Baltic region while providing a view on topical events that impact on art produced everywhere. In 2009 the CAC launched the CAC Reading Room - a dynamic space for reading, talking, and the presentation of social, educational and contemporary art events designed by the Amsterdam-based collective of architects and designers Anouk Vogel, Johan Selbing, and Bart Guldemond. In 2012 the CAC has expanded its activity by opening a new film space – the CAC Cinema, dedicated to presenting the searches for a new film language and works by authors from different continents. The CAC Cinema seeks to provide a ground for institutional dialogue between arts and film.
The CAC also produces exhibitions abroad. In 2001, 2007 and 2011 the CAC was the commissioning institution of the Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale with the artists Deimantas Narkevicius, and Gediminas & Nomeda Urbonas, Darius Miksys respectively. In 2009 it presented a Frieze Project in London, in 2012 – a project ‘Black Pillow‘ in the Liverpool Biennial. The CAC has also collaborated with institutions in the Czech Republic, Germany and Estonia to present the touring project FLUXUS East (2007–2008), and has been a partner institution, co-producer, and venue in the international exhibitions ‘Holiday In’ (2007) ‘On Mobility' (2006), ‘Populism’ (2005), and ‘Who If Not We…?’ (2004–2005).