Special programme for Kaunas 2022 grand opening - Kauno Bienalė

Special programme for Kaunas 2022 grand opening


Kaunas Biennial is delighted to be an integral part of the Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022.

In Kaunas, on January 19-23, 2022, culture will be inescapable. The city and the district surrounding it will officially become the European Capital of Culture! The opening weekend events, culminating with Act I of the Trilogy of the Contemporary Myth of Kaunas, will turn the city into one big European stage and set everyone’s mood for the year-long cultural marathon.

Registration to the Kaunas 2022 grand opening is already open! Get your free ticket now: bit.ly/_CONFUSION (code: KAUNAS2022)

Kaunas biennial prepared the special programme for the grand weekend:


The scheduled event by Darya Karalkova 21st of January 13:00–15:00 at the VMU Art Gallery “101“ is canceled due to the illness of the artist. We are sorry for inconvenience and we are looking forward for you at the rest of the programme:


The 13th Kaunas Biennial: Emilija Škarnulytė “Absolute dating”

22nd and 23rd of January 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 17:00

Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoology Museum, Laisvės av. 106


Emilija Škarnulytė’s immersive installation is inspired by the Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoological Museum’s displays. For her performative, cinematic piece she brings together the poetic and scientific to create a sensory experience that investigates the philosophical concept of Deep Time and events on a geological scale. This story of survival through time, unfolds with the choreography of artificial lights and sounds. Škarnulytė’s work evokes time travel and can be understood as a form of archeology of the future. Here, she investigates the unknown, including pre- and post-human evolution and adaptation, the current intersecting structures of power and the devastating effects of climate change.

We recommend to visit the performative installation on 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 17:00


The 13th Kaunas Biennial: Tour at the House of Basketball

22nd and 23rd of January 13:00–14:30

The House of Basketball, Santakos srt. 11


The 13th Kaunas Biennial “Once Upon Another Time… gyveno jie jau kitaip“ offers a reflection on current global situations by exploring stories of human resilience and adaptation. The exhibition investigates myths and fictions associated with transformation, as well as lived personal and communal tales of survival. Folktales, fables and legends exist in every culture around the world. These stories serve to entertain, educate and even instill moral values. In recent times, chronicles of real and imagined events have evolved to include historical, cultural, political and even personal references.

The special tour of the exposition at the House of Basketball with the Kaunas Biennial team:

22nd of January 13:00-14:40 the tour led by the director of the Kaunas Biennial, curator Neringa Kulik

23rd of January 13:00-14:40 the tour led by the project manager of the Kaunas Biennial, art critic Brigita Bareikyte.


Tickets at the House of Basketball.

Tours in Lithuanian language.

Registration: info@kaunas.biennial.lt


The 13th Kaunas Biennial: ISUMA Film Programme

January 22 15.00–17.30

January 23 15.00–17.00

January 23 17.30–19.30

Kaunas National Puppet Theater, Laisvės av. 87A.


The 13th Kaunas Biennial “Once Upon Another Time… gyveno jie jau kitaip” presents the special film programme by ISUMA (Canada).


January 22 15.00–17.30

Atarnajuat The Fast Runner

Drama • 2h 41m • 2001


January 23 15.00–17.00

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

Drama • 1h 53m • 2006


January 23 17.30–19.30

One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

Drama • 1h 52m • 2019


Tickets at the Kaunas National Puppet Theater

The special online programme is available at the filmai.bienale.lt


The main exposition at the House of Basketball on Saturday will work on prolonged ours, till 7 pm.

For the further news from Kaunas 2022 please see: kaunas2022.eu



Just in time for the official opening of the Kaunas 2022 the international Creative Europe platform MagiC Carpets will close their exhibition “MagiC Carpets Landed” in Kaunas. You can still visit the exposition on the celebratory weekend, 19-23 of January.

See the updates of the events and the list of artists on landed.magiccarpets.eu