Arthur Jafa, Lithuanian Pavilion Take Home Golden Lions This Year in Venice

May 11th, 2019

Arthur Jafa at the Venice Biennale, via Art Observed
Arthur Jafa at the Venice Biennale, via Art Observed

The awards for the 58th Venice Biennale have been announced, with the Lithuanian Pavilion’s operatic beach installation taking home the Golden Lion for best exhibition, Arthur Jafa winning the Golden Lion for best artist in the main exhibition, and Jimmie Durham winning the Lifetime Achievement award.  A full list of awards is included below:

Golden Lion for Best National Participation: 

Sun & Sea (Marina): Lina Lapelyte, Vaiva Grainyte and Rugile Barzdziukaite
Curator: Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries
Venue: Marina Militare, Calle de la Celestia

Golden Lion for Best Artist: 

Arthur Jafa
Exhibited at the Arsenale

Silver Lion for a promising young artist:

Haris Epaminonda
Exhibited at the Arsenale

Special Mentions:

Teresa Margolles

Otobong Nkanga

Belgian Pavilion: Mondo Cane
Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys
Location: Giardini

Lifetime Achievement Award: 

Jimmie Durham (United States)