Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 20 Years With You!
This year marks 20 years since the “1st International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius” was opened in Vilnius in 1997. Dear Artists, thank You for being together – we together have made our lives more beautiful and more meaningful!
The Artist’s Books Triennial Vilnius is a unique non-commercial cultural project, organised to promote artist’s books, creators of artist’s books from all over the world, and to connect galleries, publishers, editors and printers of fine art & limited editions, the greater general public, collectors and individual artists.
An artist’s book, as I define it, is a conceptual work that is created by the artist himself. The book has a clearly expressed idea governing its entire space. Using various artistic means, the artist creates image and text and binds the book. The artist’s book is an integral work of art, or interdisciplinary art, that joins words with images and principles of a traditional book and free art. An artist’s book exists either as a unique copy or is created in a limited edition, numbered and signed by the artist. The Artist’s Books Triennial Vilnius are more focused on the unique artist’s books and artist’s book-objects.
During 20 years the International Artist‘s Book Triennials Vilnius has taken place seven times with a total selection of 838 artists from 65 countries:
1610 artists from 93 countries have submitted more than 3000 artist’s books:
The Triennials have been exhibited not only in Lithuania but also in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Sweden and Denmark.
In the next web pages I would like to share my experience as a curator, to show some photos from our archive about organization of the Triennial, to share some photos and information about the Artist’s Book Triennial in Lithuania and abroad.
Chief of the Circle “Bokartas”
Curator of the Triennials
© Circle “Bokartas”, Kestutis Vasiliunas