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Britain’s pavilion Golden Lion wins

Saturday, April 23, 2022 – 7:25 p.m.

In the results announced at the 59th Venice Finals of Fine Arts on Saturday, Britain won the Golden Lion for Best National Exhibition and Simon Lee won the Grand Prix for Best Curatorial.


The British Pavilion opened this year with the Sonia Boys’ Feeling Her Way exhibition. As the International Jury points out in a post-award announcement, Boys “offers a new reading of history through sound”: the multimedia establishment includes five female musicians (Bobby Ajuta, Jackie Dunkworth, Sofia Gernberg, Tanita Dikaram and Errolin Wallen). .

Zineb Sedira’s multimedia project Les reves n’ont pas des titres won first prize in the French pavilion and the Ugandan National Exhibition for the first time in the Venetian finale entitled RADIANCE: They Dream in Time.

Simon Lee won the Golden Lion for his monument at the entrance to the Curatorial Exhibition. This year, the U.S. The pavilion is dedicated to an exhibition by a New York artist who explores the architecture of the female body and the traditional culture of African American immigrants in her art.

Silver Lion, one of the most promising young artists at The Milk of Dreams exhibition, was presented to Ali Cherry of Lebanon, and special prizes were awarded to Shuvinai Ashuna of Canada and Lynn Hershmann Leisen of the United States.

With the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award, as previously announced, the jury recognized the work of Catherine Fritz of Germany and Cecilia Viguna of Chile.

At this year’s Venice Final, more than 80 nations will be represented at Giardini Park’s pavilions, Arsenal’s historic halls, or around the city with their own exhibitions. Cameroon, Namibia, Nepal, Oman and Uganda are participating in the parade for the first time, but this year the Russia pavilion is empty because Russian artists invited there have retreated in protest of the Ukrainian invasion.

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At the Hungarian Pavilion After the Dreams: I Dare to Diffy the Damage, visitors can see an exhibition of 19 statues of Zsófia Keresztes.

Organized by Chief Supervisor Cecilia Alemani, the Central Exhibition showcases a total of 1,433 works by 213 artists, mostly women, from 58 countries at Giardini Park and Arsenal’s historical galleries.

This content includes the works of two Hungarian artists, Vera Molnár, who lives in Paris, and Ágnes Dénes, who works in New York. The Curatorial Exam borrowed its title from Leonora Carrington’s constituency. In this storybook, the Mexican-English artist-writer depicts a magical world that is constantly recreated with the help of imagination.

“How does the concept of man change? What is the difference between plants, animals, humans and non-humans? What is our responsibility to people like us, other creatures, and the planet we live on? And what to do? What would life be like without us?” – Cecilia Alemani asks in her curatorial program.

Kesa Boros, head of the Venice Finale office at the Ludwig Museum, which organized the Hungarian event, previously told MTI:

The Venice Finals of Fine Arts awaits visitors with a variety of shows, youth and other performances throughout the city from Saturday to November 27th. The exhibition of Zsófia Keresztes will be presented by the Ludwig Museum in Budapest after two years between 15 December 2022 and 26 February 2023.