The Venice Golden Lions - The Clock of Christian Marclay!

Today the 4th of June the Jury of the 54th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia comprised of Hassan Khan (President, Egypt), Carol Yinghua Lu (China), Letizia Ragaglia (Italy), Christine Marcel (France) and John Waters (USA) has decided to confer the awards as follows:

Golden Lion for Best National Participation to Germany:
Schlingensief (Pavilion at the Giardini) Commissioner: Susanne Gaensheimer

Golden Lion for the best artist at the ILLUMInations Exhibition to Christian Marclay (United States, 1955; on display at the Corderie, Arsenale) The Clock, 2010

Silver Lion for a promising young artist at the ILLUMInations Exhibition to Haroon Mirza (Great Britain, 1977; on display at the Corderie, Arsenale and at the Central Pavilion, Giardini)

The Jury has also decided to assign two Special Mentions:
Behind the White Curtain Darius Mikšys (Pavilion in town; Scuola S. Pasquale, Castello 278)
Commissioner: Kestutis Kuizinas

Klara Lidén (Sweden, 1979; on display at the Arsenale) Untitled, (Trashcan), 2011.

The news of the Golden Lion for the best artist at theILLUMInations Exhibition to Christian Marclay makes me particularly excited as I feel very close to his work.
My first experience of Marclay's world was many years ago with the incredible four screen video-collages installation, Video Quartet, at Tate Modern (London).

The perfect interaction of film scenes, sound and editing blowed up to fill the whole wall guide the spectator towards a total immersive experience.
The memory of that experience is still alive.
I think this is the great power of his work, it is able to capture the attention and find his little room in our memories.

Christian Marclay -
The Clock, 2010.
Edition of 6 Single-channel video.
Duration 24 hours.
Installation view: ILLUMInations, 54. Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte - la Biennale di Venezia

Courtesy White Cube, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York


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