The Bucolic Genre Today: Somewhere Between a Subtrend of Organic Lifestyle and Provincial Art An evening in Berlin organized by Kaspars Vanags (Latvia), Juste Kostikovaite (Lithuania) and kim? Contemporary Art Centre Riga. Wednesday, June 22, 8pm
The long-lived pastoral tradition of focusing on rustic subjects and on the romanticized country life of shepherds and shepherdesses is experiencing a remarkable comeback in contemporary art. The surprising comeback is partly caused by the conservationist movement and awareness to climate change, as well as by the now-mainstream consumer fascination with organic food and healthy lifestyle. On another level, the bucolic genre is a perfect niche for art deriving from the peripheries. By adopting "local food" marketing strategies to sell the regional, "provincial art" might have a chance to be noticed and taken seriously.
This week at Salon Populaire (Berlin), a pastoral event, with a midsummer night's aftertaste, will focus on the bucolic tendencies in art from the Baltics and will be followed by organic peculiarities of regional gastronomy.
Salon Populaire is a project by Ellen Blumenstein (she is also a curator of Pavilion of Iceland at the 54th Venice Biennale) and her team. It is a meeting point for conversations on art and neighboring topics.