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Surprise the winner with a flair for the environment
The young Italian curator Lucia Pietroiusti win by three Lithuanian artists of the Golden lion in Venice. Your Performance work is about the transience of nature has been at the Biennale right away with the audience favorite. Pietroiusti has famous parents, a Golden lion of the family was missing, however, is still in the trophy Cabinet. the Catrin Lorch Catrin Lorch

Catrin Lorch, born in 1965 in Frankfurt, Germany. Editorial traineeship at the Offenbach-Post, studies in the history of art, German language and literature, journalism and urban planning in Frankfurt, New York and Bonn. Curator and Director of the Videonale Bonn, the world's oldest Festival for video art. Since 1999, a writer on contemporary art for flash review, art Bulletin, Frieze, Springerin, Metropolis M, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. To 2011, Catalogue essays and artist collaborations, among others with Stefan Hoderlein, Ayse Erkmen, Tris Vonna Michell, Martin Boyce, Simon Denny, Keren Cytter, Jason Dodge and Tue greenfort.


The Golden lion of the Venice Biennale is regarded in the art as much as the Oscars in the film industry. Especially the award for the best pavilion is one of the most important in the world. Although artists and curators emphasize again and again how outdated the concept of Nations dispute, a bet, in an international scene, pushing you to the ceremony on the first weekend of the Biennale in the spaces of the Palace, in which, until then, secret name will be announced.

this year, there was a Surprise. The winner was Lithuania, a country that competes at the lagoon as a true outsider, and not even its own pavilion in the Giardini. With "Sun & Sea (Marina)" the work of a collective triumph, and the Director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, the screenwriter Vaiva Grainyté and composer Lina Lapelytė, is also the merit of the curator, the 34-year-old Lucia Pietroiusti.

(photo: David M. Benett/Getty)

for Lithuania on the edge of a military port, rented and there is a beach, heaped up. Artificial sun made of UV-lamps, with heat from heat lamps, Sand, plastic toys, basket bags and dozens of extras in swimwear and Bikinis. In between, the singers are spread on the sheets, their scores from the garbage in the debris to tell, and the regret in long solos, the Bleaching of coral reefs. The audience can follow the action from the bird's-eye view of a surrounding gallery, is the children in their sand castles, Reading and Snoozing as close as a Seagull in the descent.

"Opera" about the transience

The sea was in this year, the subject of countless works of art. In large pavilions such as the French were simulated under water worlds, artists broach the issue of rising sea levels, the extinction of species in the deep sea, litter, and refugee boats.

But for the first time two years ago in Vilnius, listed production of "Sun & Sea (Marina)" outshone the competition, the awarding of the Golden lion at the darling of the public. In front of the entrance, the visitors stood in line for hours, it means that the list, in which visitors as extras can sign up ("Bring a swimsuit and towel with"), was already closed.

Lucia Pietroiusti met as a curator in the right tone. The "Opera" of known Performance was in close proximity to a modderigen the port basin is equally entertaining as it is uncomfortable. What is certainly the fact that Lucia Pietroiusti works at the Serpentine Gallery in London as a "curator of Ecology"; there is a second exhibition hall which assigns a comparable Position.

Famous mother, famous daughter

Lucia Pietroiusti was responsible for, but not only exhibitions and Performances, but also a Festival, such as "The shape of a circle in the consciousness of the fish," or a world-renowned conference on the theme of "extinction", and coordinates the cooperation of the exhibition, the house with its researchers and scientists.

Lucia Pietroiusti, who was born in Rome and, among other things, literature and cultural studies in London and Dublin, has studied, but can extend also perhaps, therefore, so, of course, the limits of art, because it is deeply familiar with the scene, because you practically grew up with art. Her father is of Italian Performance artist Cesare Pietroiusti. Her mother, Carolyne Christov-Bakargiev, the artistic Director of Documenta 13, is considered to be one of the most important curators of the present. The Vita can list under the "honors" yet not of the Venetian lion - but it is, no one was happy about the unexpected award for Lucia Pietroiusti like you.

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