'Tube', Lithuanian Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale
7 June – 22 November, 2009


Spencer Brownstone Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of Zilvinas Kempinas' major new installation 'Tube' at the 53rd Venice Biennale, which opened June 7th and continues through November 22nd.
Zilvinas was chosen to represent Lithuania by an independent committee from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and presents his installation at the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, a majestic building designed by architect Jacopo Sansovino that dates to the 16th century and has never before been used as a pavilion for the Venice Biennale.
'Tube', a work that the artist first realized during a six-month stay at Atelier Calder in 2008, creates a dramatic enclosed walkway over 80 feet long from stretched lengths of videotape. The work is one of the latest in a series employing Kempinas' signature medium of unspooled magnetic tape, works that have inventively exploited the strength and ultra-lightweight nature of tape to create beguiling and seemingly contradictory physical spectacles that skillfully subvert relationships with architecture, form, and space.
'Tube' was opened on June 4th by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, Andrius Kubilius and the Commissioner of the Lithuanian Pavilion, Laura RutkutÄ—. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue that includes over 60 pages of color plates summarizing the artist's work to date, as well as essays on Kempinas' work by Laima KreivytÄ—, curator of the Lithuanian Pavilion; Veronica Roberts, Department of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Malcolm Miles, Professor of Cultural Theory at the University of Plymouth, UK.

Installation shots of the exhibition are available to view here, and images from the opening reception here. Map of the location of the Lithuanian Pavilion here.

Artist Bio

Zilvinas Kempinas was born in Plunge, Lithuania in 1969 and lives and works in New York. His first solo exhibition at Spencer Brownstone Gallery was 'Flying Tape', in 2004, and he has since then had two further solo exhibitions at the gallery, most recently 'White Noise' in 2007. The artist has also featured in solo presentations at Kunsthalle, Vienna; PS1, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and the Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania. His work has been recently featured in group exhibitions at Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin; Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Ontario; San Francisco MoMA; Lund Konsthall; and Manifesta 7. He is a recipient of both the Calder Prize and the Atelier Calder studio residency and was chosen as one of Art Review Magazine's 'Future Greats.'