主講者：Simon Rees (立陶宛 維爾紐斯當代藝術中心首席策展人)
Host：Simon Rees (Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius.).
Since 2006 and the opening of KUMU Estonian Musum of Art in Tallinn two new museums of modern and contemporary art have opened in the former-Warsaw Pact territory of Europe: in Vilnius, Lithuania (former-USSR) and Zagreb, Croatia (former-Yugoslavia). Meanwhile, existing major museums have been refurbished or extended in St Petersburg, Russia (former-USSR) and Belgrade, Serbia (former-Yugoslavia), Ljubljana, Slovenia (former-Yugoslavia) and Lodz, Poland. And architectural competitions and/or construction started for similar institutions in Warsaw, Krakow, Katowice and Torun (all Poland); Riga, Latvia; and Minsk, Belarus, plus private museums to be built on a similar scale to the aforementioned national institutions have opened or are opening in Prague, Czech Republic, and Kiev, Ukraine. It is a formidable list and sets art and cultural historians an equally formidable challenge to decribe what it means and how these institutions operate.
Simon Rees曾任立陶宛維爾紐斯(Vilnius)當代藝術中心（CAC）首席策展人，於此任內，他擔任當代藝術中心所創辦”CAC INTERVIU”雜誌的共同主編，此雜誌以季刊形式開啟藝術對話，其重點聚焦關注歐洲的當代藝術，同時，自2005至2010，Simon Rees也是”CAC Café Talks”每月國際講座系列召集人，為立陶宛帶來了許多國際知名的文化專業人士。
2007年，Rees是藝術家Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas在52屆威尼斯立陶宛館的展覽總監，該展獲威尼斯雙年展國家館評審特別獎。他目前正為愛沙尼亞的庫木(KUMU)美術館籌畫2011年的” For Love Not Money:第十二屆塔林版畫三年展”，最近也在奧地利的薩爾茨堡藝術協會為立陶宛新崛起的藝術家舉辦了一個展覽。2009年，他策畫”代碼共享：5大洲，10個雙年展，20名藝術家” 計畫(其中包含2008台北雙年展)，是2009年維爾紐斯(Vilnius)歐洲文化之都音樂節的當代視覺藝術項目其中之一。他的駐村經歷包括，斯德哥爾摩的IASPIS，2008年紐約” apex art”進駐計畫。Rees經常為國際媒體與出版物書寫關於東歐藝術的文章，包括Frieze雜誌等。部分文章被收錄在立陶宛、德國，波蘭和美國的書籍，由大學及藝術類的專門出版社發行。
Simon Rees was formerly Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius. In that role Rees was co-editor of the journal “CAC INTERVIU the quarterly conversation about art” and convenor of the monthly international lecture series the “CAC Café Talks” that brought internationally renowned culture professionals to Vilnius from 2005 to 2010. In 2007 Rees was Commissioner for artists Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas at the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 52nd La Biennale di Venezia ? that was recipient of a special biennale jury award for National Pavilion. He is currently preparing “For Love Not Money: the 12th Tallinn Print Triennial” for KUMU Estonian Art Museum opening in January 2011 and has recently opened an exhibition of emerging Lithuanian artists at the Salzburger Kunstverein in Austria. In 2009 his project (that included a collaboration with the 2008 Taipei Biennale) “CODE SHARE: 5 continents, 10 biennales, 20 artists” opened the contemporary visual arts program of the Vilnius European Capital of Culture 2009 festival. A past curator-in-residence at IASPIS (Stockholm), in summer 2008 Rees participated in the residency program at ?apex art? in New York.
Rees writes regularly about art from Eastern Europe for international press and publication, including Frieze magazine, and has recently had chapters in books published by art and University presses in Lithuania, Germany, Poland, and the United States.