ILLUMInazioni – 54th Art Biennal of Venice

by Chiara Nuzzi

Images courtesy, Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, all right reserved.

Klara Lidén, Untitled, (Trashcan), Arsenale, 2011

Every two years, for the first days of June, Venice turns into the centre of contemporary art world with the international Venice Art Biennal exhibition.

As usual, also this time Venice Biennal, curated for this 54th edition by Bice Curiger and entitled ILLUMInazioni, started in a warm atmosphere and with very high expectations.

After four whirling days of exhausting happenings, lectures, vernissages around the whole city, public relationships and meetings, the Jury of the 54th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia confered the Golden Lion as best National Participation to Germany (Christoph Schlingensief, on display at Giardini), the Golden Lion as the best artist at the exhibition to Christian Marclay (on dispaly at the Corderie, Arsenale) and the Silver Lion for a promising young artist at the exhibition to Haroon Mirza, who is on display at the Central Pavilion of Giardini.

Dutch Pavilion at Giardini

Christian Marclay, The Clock, 2010

Haroon Mirza, Corderie, Arsenale

In addition to that, the Jury has also decided to assign two Special Mentions to the Lithuanian Pavilion (the artist present is Darius Mikšys) for its conceptually elegant and productively ambiguous framing of a nation’s art history and to the very promising young Swedish artist Klara Lidén, who gives here another confirm of the strength and the perceptive wit within her artistic work and takes in Venice another step forward, leaving us imagine her prolific and flourishing artistic route.

Behind the White Curtain, Darius Mikšys

Lithuanian Pavilion, Scuola di San Pasquale, Castello

Klara Lidén, Untitled, (Trashcan), 2011, Arsenale

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