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What is an Artist's Book?

Artist's Book


Represents a conceptual book, which from the beginning to the end is created by an artist himself/herself. A book has a clearly expressed idea governing all its space. Using various artistic means an artist himself/herself creates image and text, binds the book. Artist's book is an integral work of art, joining a word and image, principles of a traditional book and free art. Artist's books represent ordinary paper-made artist's books and artist's books-objects made of various materials. Artist's book is either one-copy book or a book of limited, it is numbered and signed by the artist.


Kestutis Vasiliunas

Artist's Book Exhibitions Curator

Artist's Book Exhibitions Curator


I have been organizing Artist's Book Exhibitions for 23 years. The International Artist's Book Triennial Vilnius has been organised periodically since 1997. Over this period more than 2,000 artists from 93 countries of the world have submitted artist's books, but an international jury has chosen the best 828 submissions from 64 countries to display at the exhibition. There have been triennial exhibitions not only in Vilnius, but also many times in Leipzig, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Rheine (Germany), Lille (France), Silkeborg (Denmark), Venice and Vercelli (Italy), Seoul (South Korea), Halmstad (Sweden), Salzburg (Austria).


Kestutis Vasiliunas

History of the International Artist's Book Triennial
History of the International Artist's Book Triennial
History of the International Artist's Book Triennial
History of the International Artist's Book Triennial

History of the International Artist's Book Triennial

The 1st International Artist's Book Triennial took part in 1997, in Gallery "Kaire Desine". The theme of it was "Diary: Eight Days". 65 artists from 13 countries took part in the Triennial. The 2nd International Artist's Book Triennial took part in 2000, in Gallery "Arka" and in "Galerie 5020" in Salzburg. The theme of it was "Apocalypse". 138 artists from 29 countries took part in the Triennial. The 3rd International Artist's Book Triennial took part in 2003, in the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius. The theme of it was "23 Sins". 118 artists from 37 countries took part in the Triennial. After the exhibition in Vilnius the Triennial was showed in 2004 in Frankfurt Art Fair in Frankfurt on Main, Germany; in 2004 in Thomas Mannas' House in Nida, Lithuania; in 2004 in Gallery "Le Carre" in Lille, France; The 4th International Artist's Book Triennial took part in 2006, in the Gallery "Arka" in Vilnius. The theme of it was "Rabbit and House". 130 artists from 29 countries took part in the Triennial. After the exhibition in Vilnius the Triennial was showed in 2007 in Leipzig Book Fair in Leipzig, Germany and in Seoul International Book Arts Fair, South Korea. The 5th International Artist's Book Triennial took part in 2009. The theme of it was "Text". For the Triennial jury selected 131 artists from 34 countries. The Triennial was showed in Leipzig Book Fair, in Germany; in Gallery "Arka", in Vilnius; in Art Centre Silkeborg Bad, in Silkeborg, Denmark; in "Hubner Bokform", in Halmstad, Sweden; in "Scuola Internazionale di Grafica", in Venice, Italy. The 6th International Artist's Book Triennial took part in 2012. Theme: "Love". The international jury selected 131 artists from 33 countries for the Triennial. It was showed in "Scuola Internazionale di Grafica", Venice in Italy; in Leipzig Book Fair, Germany; in the Gallery "Titanikas", Vilnius; in Kloster Bentlage, Rheine, Germany. The 7th International Artist's Book Triennial took part in 2015. Theme: "Error". Triennial was showed in Leipzig Book Fair, Germany; in "Museo Leone", Vercelli, Italy; in the Gallery "Titanikas", Vilnius; in Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg, Germany.


Kestutis Vasiliunas