The Venice Biennale’s board of directors, chaired by Paolo Baratta, has appointed, with the recommendation of artistic director Christine Macel, the international jury of the fifty-seventh edition of the Biennale, which opens May 13 and runs through November 26, 2017.
The jury comprises Francesca Alfano Miglietti, a Milan-based curator; Manuel J. Borja-Villel, the director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and former director of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Amy Cheng a Taipei-based curator, writer, and cofounder of TheCube Project Space, an independent organization devoted to the research, production, and presentation of contemporary art; Ntone Edjabe, a journalist, DJ, and founder of the pan-African arts and politics publication Chimurenga, which is based in Cape Town, as well as the Pan African Space Station; and Mark Godfrey the senior curator of international art at Tate Modern. Additionally, Borja-Villel has been appointed president of the jury.
While the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement has already been announced, the judging body has yet to award the following prizes: Golden Lion for Best National Participation, Golden Lion for Best Artist in the International Exhibition “Viva Arte Viva,” Silver Lion for a Promising Young Artist in the International Exhibition “Viva Arte Viva,” and a special mention for national participation in a pavilion as well as a maximum of two special mentions for artists showing in the exhibition. For more on the show, read Macel’s conversation with Artforum’s editor in chief Michelle Kuo in the May issue.
The awards ceremony will take place during the official opening of the biennial on Saturday May 13 at Ca’ Giustinian.