Contemporary

Contemporary art encompasses an almost limitless range of themes and styles, which are also implemented in classical genres such as painting, photography, and sculpture.

What unites them is that they are created by contemporaries and are considered relevant by curators, critics, and museums.

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The Lithuanian Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale was a revelation. The performance "Sun & Sea (Marina)" is a cautionary work about climate change that is also like an opera about a day at the beach.

From a second-floor balcony of a warehouse, viewers look down on a sandy tableau, where performers of all ages and sizes spread out on towels under umbrellas, scrolling through their iPhones and flipping through magazines.
The sounds of seagulls and ice cream trucks echo in the distance. One by one, the vacationers sing about a world that is very similar to ours, full of small inconveniences.

The performance, which won the Golden Lion, is the work of theatre director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, playwright Vaiva Grainytė, and composer Lina Lapelytė.

It shows how flexible the concept of contemporary art is. It encompasses an almost limitless range of themes and styles but can also be realised in classical, less ephemeral genres such as painting, photography, and sculpture.

What unites them is that they are created by contemporaries and considered relevant by curators, critics, and museums.