From June 10-16, the Vilnius city gallery “Meno niša”, for the second time, will proudly represent its artists at VOLTA BASEL, an esteemed art fair taking place in Basel, Switzerland.
Since 2005, VOLTA Basel has been a powerhouse, supporting new, ambitious galleries to enter one of the international art market capitals. The fairs 19th edition returns to the intimate setting of Klybeck 610 and is the inaugural edition under Artistic Director Lee Cavaliere. In 2024, experience the most global event to date, featuring over 45 galleries from 24 countries.
“Meno Niša” gallery is set to showcase artists from diverse generations and media at the “Volta Basel” art fair. The roster includes the drawings of Gintaras Makarevičius, a laureate of the National Culture and Art Prize; also features paintings of Jolanta Kyzikaitė, who is the 2010 Baltic Young Painter Prize winner, and  Jurgis Tarabilda, who won the audience prize in this competition in 2017 and was art fair ArtVilnius audience selected him as the best artist in 2022. As well, the gallery will present the textile artist Dr. Jelena Škulis and her textile installation.
Even though all presented artists work in different media, the main concept and object uniting the Meno niša exposition at Volta Basel will be text.  Text in the textile objects, on iron objects in Jelena Škulis artworks, also text as a background in Jolanta’s Kyzikaitės drawings, text as inspiration in aluminium composite forms of Jurgis Tarabilda, or narrative in Gintaras Makarevičius drawings. 


More info about artists

Gintaras Makarevičius – painter, scenographer, video artist, and documentary filmmaker. Initially studied architecture, but after becoming interested in painting, he continued his studies at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Department of Painting. In the 1990s, like many artists of his generation, he traded his paintbrush for a video camera (although he has not abandoned drawing and painting to this day) and made his debut in the field of art as an artist of contemporary media – a creator of installations, objects, and documentary films, and became one of the first members of the Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association. Since 1995 he has been teaching at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. 

Jurgis Tarabilda is a graduate of the Department of Sculpture at Vilnius Academy of Art. In 2017, he was awarded the audience prize at the Baltic Young Painter Prize competition and was nominated as art fair ArtVilnius’20 Audience Select Artist. Jurgis Tarabilda’s post-minimalist artworks skilfully incorporate observations of the environment as aesthetic and conceptual points of reference, grasping the intrigue of everyday life. In his creative process, the artist often adopts the principles of pure aesthetics, using harmonious combinations of colours and subtle composition.

Jolanta Kyzikaitė  studied at the Vilnius Academy of Arts where she received her bachelor’s degree in 2002 and master’s degree in 2004. She is  the winner of the Top Young Painter Award 2010 earned at one of the most important young artists’ competition in Lithuania. J.Kyzikaitė belongs to the 21st-century generation of artists characterised by erudition, intellectuality, and an open attitude to the world and its processes. She stands out in the Lithuanian and international contemporary art fields as a unique and conspicuous artist, consistently developing a distinctive painting style based on original thinking and a singular plastic language.

Jelena Škulis’ keywords of her artistic practice: materiality, textile, textuality, communities, processualism, slowness.  With a background in social studies, she graduated in fine arts and her main artistic methods, also as interests are textuality, daily talk, social involvement, performative actions, polls, interviews, handwork, and slow weaving as instruments to research and rewrite history.


VIP Preview:

Monday June 10, 10am – 2pm. By invitation only.

General Admission:

Monday  June 10, 2pm – 8pm.
Tuesday June 11 – Saturday June 15, 11am – 8pm. 
Sunday June 16,11am – 5pm. 

Meno niša booth nr. at Volta Basel – A10. 


The project is financed by the Lithuanian Council for Culture 
Vilnius city gallery Meno niša  is sponsored by Vilnius City Municipality

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