Sturtevant and Franz West to Receive Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement

The press department of the Venice Biennale has announced that Sturtevant and Franz West will receive Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement at the opening of the next edition of the international exhibition, titled “ILLUMInations.” The artists will receive the award on June 4, 2011 at 12 PM.

The biennial’s director, Bice Curiger, proposed the artists; the decision was made by the biennial’s board, chaired by Paolo Barratta, who stated that they were motivated by “the uniqueness of [the artists] topical contribution to contemporary art and for having developed a forceful and rich oeuvre, which invites to see the artistic production in connection with other intellectual discourses.”