When creating, the artist often forgets that he belongs to a large community which brings all the artists together by invisible links. Being in the community inspires, allows to learn and share ideas as well as discover new horizons. To bring artists together to a single even – this was the idea of the modern metal biennial METALOphone when it was launched five years ago. Today the biennial unites the global community of metal artists and is the only event dedicated solely for modern art in Lithuania.

So it is unsurprising that the third international modern metal art biennial taking place in Vilnius on 5-26 October talks about the relationship with metal. As a unified speech, this material, having mediational characteristics, not only brings together artists from around the world but also has the ability to embody the intangible connection between the artist and the environment through a creative process. Each person sees the world in his own way, describes different events in his own words so the connections embodied in metal in this METALLOphone event reveal authentic, unique stories of the artists.

The works presented at the biennial take aback not only by the variety of shapes but also by unexpected combinations of materials. Here, various metals are combined with organic and synthetic materials, ready-mades, found or recycled items, while the shapes of the creations vary from jewellery works that maintained their functionality to conceptual, small plastic objects. Such a wide variety of metal art, bringing together artists who value a conceptual approach and who work in different areas of the world, reveal the versatility of metal.

This year especially METALOphone generated a lot of interest not only in Europe but also in Asia, Australia, North and South America so the event featured 63 authors from 28 countries: Turkey, Romania, Poland, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Japan, USA, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Holland, Taiwan, Colombia, Canada, Estonia, Austria, England, Latvia, Pakistan, South Korea, Israel, Italy, Brazil, Thailand, Finland, Spain, New Zealand. Among the participants are such famous modern metal artists as Ruudt Peters (Netherlands), Michihiro Sato (Japan), Eglė Čėjauskaitė-Gintalė (Lithuania), Vincent Pontillo – Verrastro (USA), Katrin Feulner (Germany), Wu Ching Chih (Taiwan).

The exhibition was held at (AV17) gallery, Aušros Vartų str. 17 and Lithuanian Artists Association gallery, Vokiečių str. 2, Vilnius, Lithuania.

All information about biennial is here : www.metalofonas.com

Project was partly supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture.