We are pleased to announce that on 5th of October, at 6 p.m. the opening
reception of the third international biennial of contemporary metal art
“METALLOphone: Bonds” will be held at (AV17) gallery, Aušros Vartų st.17,
When creating, artists often forget that they belong to a large community
which brings all the creators together by invisible links. Being in the
community inspires, allows to learn and share ideas as well as discover
new horizons. To bring artists together to a single event – this was the
idea of the contemporary metal biennial “METALOphone” when it was launched
five years ago. Today the biennial unites the global community of metal
artists and is the only event dedicated solely for metal art in Lithuania.
So it is unsurprising that the third international contemporary metal art
biennial taking place in Vilnius on 5-26 October will talk about the metal
connection. As a unified speech, this material, having mediational
characteristics, not only brings together artists from around the world
but also has the ability to embody the intangible connection between the
artist and the environment through a creative process. Each person sees
the world in his own way, describes different events in his own words so
the connections embodied in metal in this “METALOphone” will reveal
authentic, unique stories of the artists.
The works presented at the biennial will take visitors aback not only by
the variety of shapes but also by unexpected combinations of materials.
Here, various metals are combined with organic and synthetic materials,
ready-mades, found or recycled items, while the shapes of the creations
vary from jewellery works that maintained their functionality to
conceptual, small plastic objects. Such a wide variety of metal art,
bringing together artists who value a conceptual approach and who work in
different areas of the world, will reveal the versatility of metal.
This year “METALOphone” generated especially a lot of interest not only in
Europe but also in Asia, Australia, North and South America so the event
will feature 63 artists from 28 countries: Turkey, Romania, Poland,
Germany, Greece, Belgium, Japan, USA, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Holland,
Taiwan, Colombia, Canada, Estonia, Austria, England, Latvia, Pakistan,
South Korea, Israel, Italy, Brazil, Thailand, Finland, Spain, New Zealand.
The exhibition will run until 26th of October at (AV17) gallery, Aušros
Vartų str. 17 and Lithuanian Artists Association gallery, Vokiečių str. 2,
This year’s “METALOphone: Bonds” will involve a new programme – an online
international lecture cycle. During the programme, speakers from various
countries and schools will present their environment, share their
knowledge and insights into the creation of modern metal art, art trends
and the combination of a conceptual approach with special technologies.
11th of October seminar “Jewelry NL” with jeweller and sculptor Ruudt
Peters and artists Liesbet Bussche, Gesine Hakkenberg, Chequita Nahar and
Ted Noten. Seminar will start at 6 PM local Dutch time (UTC +02:00 or
14th of October seminar with artist and Metals and Contemporary Art
Jewelry professor at University of Wisconsin-Stout, Vincent
Pontillo-Verrastro. Seminar will start at 11 AM local Wisconsin time (UTC
-05:00 or CDT).
20th of October seminar with jeweler and the head of Telšiai Gallery of
Vilnius Academy of Arts Gabrielė Pranevičiūtė. Seminar will be at 7 PM on
local Lithuanian time (UCT + 03:00 or EEST).
All upcoming information and seminars’ updates please follow on the
Project is supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture.
Aušros vartų g. 17, Vilnius
I-VII 10.00 – 19.00
Artists on this Event
Aušros vartų g. 17