Sun & Sea (Marina)
Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, Lina Lapelytė

Commissioner: Rasa Antanavičıūte. Curator: Lucia Pietroiusti.


The Jury of the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, comprising Stephanie Rosenthal (President of the Jury, Germany), Defne Ayas (Turkey/Netherlands), Cristiana Collu (Italy), Sunjung Kim (Korea), and Hamza Walker (USA), awarded the Golden Lion for an international pavilion to Lithuania.


You’re back on the beach. You know it from the smell (salty-fishy), from the shifting ground, the murmur of conversations in the distance, the blinding light, the sea. A breeze that is just a breath, and a tiny, passing cloud between you and the sun. You look up. Airplane exhaust fumes criss-cross the blue. Maybe once upon a time you'd wave at them, all the way up there – but those lines, they are not water. Their story is not the story of water.

Now picture yourself somewhere in mid-air, light as a ghost, hovering a a few meters above it all. The lives beneath you blur into and out of view: towels, sun hats, sandwiches, cocktails, frisbees and flesh. You turn to look at the shoreline. And from the waves, you look up and out and onto sea and sky, and the horizon is so, so much further away from up here, but you don’t know it, or else you don’t notice, because all you see is blue, and in that blue there’s the story of everything, and just at that moment, the blue is too wide and too deep and too full to see anything else at all.

Sun & Sea (Marina), the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, is a durational opera-performance by filmmaker and director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, writer and poet Vaiva Grainytė and performance artist and musician Lina Lapelytė.


Commissioner: Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts. Curator: Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries, London. Honorary Commissioner: Jean-Baptiste Joly, Founder of Akademie Schloss SolitudeAssistant Curator: Caterina Avataneo. Pavilion visual identity by Goda Budvytytė.

Presented by Lithuanian Council for Culture; Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania

Produced by Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts; Neon Realism; The Momentary

Supported by Lewben Art Foundation; JCDecaux Lietuva; The Momentary
And the generosity of the Pavilion’s Supporters; Partners; Friends; Ambassadors and Media Partners

The vinyl and publication were supported by Nicoletta Fiorucci Russo; Danutė Mallart


May 14-October 31
Installation Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
Performance every Saturday 10am-6pm

Location: Marina Militare, Calle de la Celestia (by Campo de la Celestia), Castello, 30122 Venezia 


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