Photo: Katrīna Ģelze
While Tallinn’s Museum of Architecture is showing an exhibition this summer devoted to the centenary of movie theatres, Vilnius is writing a new history. On August 24, alongside the opening of the XI Baltic Triennial of International Art, an art house cinema hall will begin operating in the CAC Contemporary Art Centre. CAC is the largest contemporary art centre in the Baltic States, thanks to its building, constructed in 1968 as the Art Exhibition Palace and home to the Centre since 1992. Since its beginnings, a small room on the second floor has served as a cinema. Although its’ original function and equipment are long since lost, it has still been referred to colloquially as the ‘cinema’ for years, and video art is often exhibited here. For several tears, CAC Director Kestutis Kuizinas has had the thought of resurrecting the small cinema hall, and his wish is now close to coming true. Two Lithuanian artists-architects are working on the design - Audrius Bučas and Valdas Ozarinskas, who we will have the chance to get to know at the Cēsis Art Festival, opening this Friday, July 27. The Lithuanians will show a large-format environmental object – “Black Pillow”.
The cinema is still under construction. It will open on August 24!
“The cinema is being designed as a work of art,” explains project curator Ilona Jurkonytė. It will be built within the existing authentic space as a dark padded ‘pod’. Along a wallpapered corridor, people will be led to the cinema hall with approximately 100 seats. During the Triennial, the newly opened cinema will be launched with a programmed of films curated by British Benjamin Cook, Director of the LUX moving image artists’ centre in London. “Soviet-era speakers in full working order will be available, in order for the historical artefacts to have an authentic sound,” Ilona Jurkonytė reveals. Vilnius has two other art-house cinemas. One of them is private and the other one belongs to the municipality and it's programming has a strong focus on film education. CAC Cinema will be the only cinema hall functioning in the contemporary art scene in Lithuania