Lithuania's pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale features an artificial beach where "vacationers" participate in a contemporary opera performance about climate change won "Golden Lion".
Venecijos bienalėje atidaromas Lietuvos paviljonas
© Andrejus Vasilenka

Officially opened on Friday, the pavilion is the stage of the Sun & Sea (Marina) opera performance by Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte and Lina Lapelyte.

The audience can view more than 20 performers lying down on 35 tons of sand and singing for eight hours from above. Visitors are also welcome to join the performers on the artificial beach. They are required to pre-register and bring their bathing suits and towels and lounge on the beach for at least three hours.

The "Golden Lion" was won by Lithuanians after an international jury team name it as the best in the show.

"Golden Lion" was also given to American artist Arthur Jafa for a piece of art “May You Live in Interesting Times,” to American artist Arthur Jafa." that explores American race relations.

Lithuania participates in the Venice Biennale for the 11th time.

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