From June 12-18, the Vilnius city gallery “Meno niša” will proudly represent its artists at VOLTA BASEL, an esteemed art fair taking place in Basel, Switzerland. Established in 2005, VOLTA BASEL runs concurrently with the renowned ArtBasel, which boasts participation from the world’s most illustrious galleries and artists.
“Meno Niša” gallery is set to showcase artists from diverse generations and media at the “Volta Basel” art fair. The roster includes Gintaras Makarevičius, a laureate of the National Culture and Art Prize, whose drawings have been successfully exhibited at art fairs in Berlin and Vienna. Also featured is sculptor Matas Janušonis, whose installations have received notable acclaim at other art fairs, including “Viennacontemporary” where his works were purchased by the “Mocak” Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow. Rising talents such as Monika Plentauskaitė, the 2018 young painter prize winner, and Jurgis Tarabildas, who won the audience prize in this competition in 2017, will also have their works displayed at the fair.
Gintaras Makarevičius (b. 1965) is an esteemed figure within Lithuania’s contemporary visual arts scene, renowned for his distinct contributions as a painter, scenographer, video artist, and documentary filmmaker. His talent and versatility have earned him a place in numerous prestigious international contemporary art exhibitions, including Manifesta 4 Biennial of Contemporary Art in Germany (2002) and the La Rochelle International Film Festival in France (2005). His artworks have found their way into the esteemed collections of the KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art in Finland and the MO Museum, as well as those of private collectors. Adding to his list of accolades, in 2017, Makarevičius was honored with the Lithuanian National Prize, further cementing his place in the nation’s artistic legacy.
Matas Janušonis (b. 1994) completed his Master’s degree in Sculpture at the Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2019. During his studies, the artist gained recognition and was awarded the Elena Urbaityte scholarship by the Lithuanian National Foundation (USA) in 2015. His works have been successfully showcased at art fairs such as ArtVilnius, Positions Berlin, Viennacontemporary, and YIA in Brussels and Paris. Notably, his pieces have found a home in the collections of the Lewben Art Foundation and the Mocak Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow. In 2018, his sound installation titled Vartai / Gates won the audience award at the JCDecaux Prize exhibition held at the Contemporary Art Center (Vilnius, Lithuania).
Monika Plentauskaitė (b. 1993) is an established Lithuanian painter and an alumna of the Vilnius Academy of Art. Her paintings grace the collections of international collectors, as well as esteemed establishments such as the MO Museum, Lewben Art Foundation, and National Art Gallery. Her works have been showcased at various Lithuanian and international art fairs, including Viennacontemporary, POSITIONS Berlin, Art Market Budapest, Art Verona, among others, through the representation of Meno Niša gallery. In 2018, Plentauskaitė achieved acclaim as the winner of the Young Painter Prize, a significant art event in the Baltic States. In 2020, her artworks were notably included in the #30 New Lithuanian Painting album.
Jurgis Tarabilda (g. 1992) is an alumnus of the Sculpture Department at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. His work has been showcased both domestically in Lithuania and on the international stage, earning him an impressive array of accolades. In 2017, one of his pieces was honoured with the Audience Prize at the Young Painter Prize competition, and in 2020, attendees selected him as the best artist at the ArtVilnius’20 art fair. His exhibitions were showcased at Riga’s LOOK! gallery in 2021 and 2023. Collectors from Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, the USA, Estonia, and the UK have acquired Tarabilda’s works, which have also been added to the collection of the MO Museum in Vilnius. His creations have been successfully exhibited at contemporary art fairs including Positions Berlin and ArtVilnius, further solidifying his reputation as a dynamic force in the modern art world.
Our booth number – TBA
Further information about the fair can be accessed at this link:
Private View, Monday June 12
By invitation only 10am – 2pm
Public 2pm – 8pm
Tuesday, June 13 | 11am – 8pm
Wednesday, June 14 | 11am – 8pm
Thursday, June 15 | 11am – 8pm
Friday, June 16 | 11am – 8pm
Saturday, June 17 | 11am – 8pm
Sunday, June 18 | 11am – 5pm
LOCATION – Klybeck 610, Gärtnerstrasse 2, 4057 Basel, Switzerland
Meno niša  is sponsored by Vilnius City Municipality