The idea of developing the cultural co-operation in a field of contemporary
art in the Baltic appeared in Szczecin, Poland in 1995.
The name MARE ARTICUM was formed by removing the first letter from the
mediaeval Latin name of the Baltic Sea (Balticum), and changing the 't'
into an 'r' perceived as a triumph of semantics over grammar, visual and
graphic principles of reading over syntax, the proliferation of words
over lexical correctness.
MARE ARTICUM - the Baltic Art Network
MARE ARTICUM is a cultural co-operation project in the Baltic
Sea region. It is co-ordinated by the National Museum in Szczecin, Poland,
in collaboration with the Commission on Culture of the Union of the Baltic
Cities and representatives from important art institutions around the
MARE ARTICUM's strategic aim is to promote contemporary visual art and
artists in the region.
MARE ARTICUM develops and realises the Baltic Art Network in several
ways. These include:
- Mare Articum Magazine - was a semi-annual bilingual (Polish/English)
magazine devoted to themes in contemporary art. The 13 volumes published
since 1997 have addressed an array of themes, including the topics as:
Beauty, Nomadism, Art and Politics, Globalisation, New Art of St. Petersburg.
- The Baltic Contemporary Art Biennale
Produced in conjunction with the National Museum in Szczecin, the Baltic
Biennale is an ongoing project that has taken place in Szczecin, Poland,
Visby, Sweden and Riga, Latvia. Past themes have included: Baltic Ikonopress
(1997), NEWS (1999), Sybaris (2001), Extra Strong Super Light (2003)
and Habitat (2005). Over 200 various artists, performers and musicians
have taken part in these events. A course of seminars with art critics
and curators accompanies each biennale.
- International exhibitions and seminars
Since 1997, MARE ARTICUM has curated, co-ordinated and produced exhibitions
and seminars devoted to Baltic contemporary art events in Stockholm,
Gdańsk, St. Petersburg, Bornholm, Riga, Frankfurt am Main. MARE ARTICUM
also strives to extend its reach beyond the Baltic Region via co-operative
exhibitions and publications. In 2003, these included the P.S.1 Contemporary
Art Center in New York and co-operation with 'apollonia european art
exchanges' from Strasbourgh, France, and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary
Art in Thessaloniki, Greece.
- Mare Articum Projects
- Mare Articum Magazine