The Lungomare flagship of the Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture project will display permanent artworks at 10 locations in the Kvarner region: Brseč, Lovranska Draga, Volosko, the Rijeka fish market, Grčevo beach in Rijeka, Kostrena, Crikvenica, Lopar on Rab Island, near Baška on Krk Island and on Mali Lošinj.
All art concerns the specifics and uniqueness of the place they are presented in. Local specifics presented in such a manner are offered as topics to world-renowned artists who will make art to be installed in the said locations. The most important activity of the Lungomare flagship in 2019 will be the study visits / artist residences, which will allow them to experience the local community, the inhabitants and their stories, desires and needs first-hand. Therefore, these days global artists are performing study visits in Kvarner.
The artist Davor Sanvincenti (Croatia) is visiting Lovranska Draga. The topic of his instalment is potable water, its distribution throughout history, the influence on the development of the place and the issues of one of the most expensive tariffs in the country.
Ilona Nemeth (Slovakia) arrived to Crikvenica and will tell one of the historical tales of the city with her art installation.
The artist Harumi Yukutake (Japan) is visiting Lopar on the island of Rab, and she will work on the interpretation of nature and its reflection as one of the specifics of the town. A sculpture will be placed at a key location, which plays an important role in the urban structure of the town, and it will support the identity of the space and at the same time it will be a cultural attraction.
Pavel Mrkus (Czech Republic) will gather his impressions of the very centre of Rijeka, specifically the Rijeka fish market; he observes this imposing space as an artwork itself, as a symbol and the essence of the city of Rijeka, as a space that is at the service of buyers and observers every day. An audiovisual installation will be used to interpret the pulse of the meeting between the people and abundance.
The instalments will be set in 2020.
Photo: Kristijan Vučković