The awards for the 56th Venice Biennale have been announced, with the Armenian National Pavilion taking home the Golden Lion for best exhibition, Adrian Piper winning the Golden Lion for best artist in the main exhibition, and El Anatsui winning the Lifetime Achievement award. A full list of awards is included below:
Golden Lion for Best National Participation:
Republic of Armenia
Armenity / Haiyutioun. Contemporary artists from the Armenian Diaspora
Deputy Commissioners: Art for the World Europa, Mekhitarist Congregation of San Lazzaro Island, Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Italy, Vartan Karapetian
Curator: Adelina Cüberyan von Fürstenberg
Haig Aivazian, Nigol Bezjian, Anna Boghiguian, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Ayreen Anastas & René Gabri, Mekhitar Garabedian, Aikaterini Gegisian, Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi, Aram Jibilian, Nina Katchadourian, Melik Ohanian, Mikayel Ohanjanyan, Rosana Palazyan, Sarkis, Hrair Sarkissian
Venue: Monastery and Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni
Golden Lion for Best Artist:
Work: The Probable Trust Registry: The Rules of the Game #1–3
Exhibited at the Arsenale, Corderie.
Silver Lion for a promising young artist:
Work: Factory Complex
Exhibited at the Arsenale, Artiglierie.
(* 1944 Nový Jičín, Czech Republic. + 2014 near Berlin.
Works at Corderie, Arsenale.)
(Founded in 2010, Syria/Palestine, based in Damascus, Syria.
Video at Giardino delle Vergini, Arsenale)
(* 1980 Algeria. Drawings at Corderie, Arsenale.)
Special Mention Pavilion
Joan Jonas: They Come to Us Without a Word
Venue: Pavilion at Giardini
Lifetime Achievement Award:
El Anatsui (Ghana)
Special Golden Lion for Services to the Arts:
Susanne Ghez (USA)