Germany wins Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Best National Participation

16 May 2017
Performance at the Pavilion of Germany at the 57th Venice Biennale

Germany Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale

Anne Imhof’s exhibition “Faust” at the Germany Pavilion has won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the 57th Venice Biennale.

German choreographer Anne Imhof has made “a powerful and disturbing installation that poses urgent questions about our time”, the Jury said. The pavilion was commissioned by the ifa (Institute for external relations) on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office and curated by Susanne Pfeffer.

Naming it among the five best Venice 2017 pavilions, the Guardian’s Laura Cumming writes “Anne Imhof’s disturbing durational performance, evolving over several hours and featuring many sinister figures, is somewhere between opera, ballet and protest art, with overtones of Goethe’s Faust set to black metal music. Currently drawing the biggest crowds.”

A work by Golden Lion winning artist Franz Erhard Walther

Golden Lion winner Walther's work in Venice

German artist Franz Erhard Walther was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist of the Exhibition Viva Arte Viva. Giving a motivation for selecting Walther’s work at Arsenale – Corderie, the Jury said it “brings together forms, colour, fabrics, sculpture, performance and continues to activate the viewer in engaging ways”. Born in 1939 in Germany, Walther lives and works in Fulda.

The Jury has also awarded a special mention to Petrit Halilaj “for imaginative interventions in the architecture of the Arsenale and Central Pavilion”. Halilaj was born in 1986 in Kosovo, and lives and works between Bozzolo, Berlin and Pristina.

The Jury of the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia comprised Manuel J. Borja-Villel (President of the Jury, Spain), Francesca Alfano Miglietti (Italy), Amy Cheng (Taiwan), Ntone Edjabe (Cameroon), and Mark Godfrey (Great Britain).

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