The Jury has been chaired by Angela Vettese (Italy), director of Graduate Program in Visual Arts at IUAV, Venice, and included:
Jack Bankowsky (USA), leading art critic and Editor-at-Large at “Artforum”
Homi K. Bhabha (India), Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard University
Sarat Maharaj (South-Africa), Professor at Humboldt University, Berlin and a Research Fellow at Jan Van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht
Julia Voss (Germany), writer, journalist and staff critic for “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.
On 6th June 2009, the Jury assigned the official awards of the 53rd International Art Exhibition, as follows:
Golden Lion for Best National Participation to the United States of America (Pavilion in the Giardini)
Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens
Commissioners: Carlos Basualdo, Michael R. Taylor
Golden Lion for the Best Artist of the Making Worlds exhibition to Tobias Rehberger
(Germany, exhibited at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in the Giardini)
Was du liebst, bringt dich auch zum Weinen
Silver Lion for a Promising Young Artist in the Making Worlds exhibition to Nathalie Djurberg
(Sweden, exhibited at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in the Giardini)
The Jury has also assigned four Special Mentions:
Remaking Worlds: Special Mention to Lygia Pape
(Brazil, 1927-2004; exhibited at Corderie in the Arsenale: Ttéia 1, C)
Curating Worlds: Special Mention to Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset
Curators of Denmark and Nordic Countries (Finland, Norway, Sweden)
(Pavilions in the Giardini: The Collectors)
Expanding Worlds: Special Mention tothe artist Ming Wong
exhibited in the Singapore Pavilion (Pavilion in the city centre)
Translating Worlds: Special Mention to Roberto Cuoghi
(Italy, exhibited at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in the Giardini, Giardino Scarpa: Mei Gui)
The Board of the Venice Biennale has this year awarded the Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement to:
Jury Members - Biographical Notes
She has a degree in Philosphy from the University of Milan, along with an award merit of excellence from the Catholic University of Sacred Heart. Vettese is an educator in Art History at CLEACC, Bocconi University Milan, as well as being a founder and Chair in the faculty of IUAV in Venice; teaching in the Visual Arts department. In addition to this, Vettese is the author of several publications depicting a wide spectrum of artists, including Marlene Dumas and Dan Flavin.
One of the leading art writers in the US. He is an art critic and Editor-at-Large at the magazine “Artforum”, where he served as Editor-in-Chief for more than a decade, 1992 - 2004. Bankowsky is the founding editor of “Bookforum”, where he is currently the editorial director. In addition to this, Bankowsky has served as a faculty member of the Yale School of Art, as well as being on the advisory board of the Graduate Studies Program in Criticism and Theory at the Art Center College of Design.
Homi K. Bhabha
An Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Department of English, Harvard University; Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard, as well as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at University College, London. Professor Bhabha has been widely published in journals including “New Formations”, “Oxford Literary Review” and “Screen”. He sits on the editorial board of, amongst others, “October”, “Critical Inquiry” and “New Formations”, along with being a regular contributor to “Artforum”.
He holds a Research Professor Fellowship at Goldsmiths’ College in London and is currently Professor of Visual Art and Knowledge Systems at the University of Lund, Sweden. Maharaj was the first Rudolf Arnheim Professor at Humboldt University, Berlin and a Research Fellow at Jan Van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht. His research covers cultural translation and difference, textiles, sonics, and visual art as knowledge production. Professor Maharaj was a co-curator of Documenta XI, in 2002 and curated Knowledge Lab, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in 2005.
She is a writer and art critic for the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". Having studied Modern German Literature, History of Art and Philosophy in Freiburg im Breisgau, London and Berlin, her dissertation on Darwin's pictures as an aspect of evolutionary theory between 1837 and 1874 was published by S. Fischer Verlag in 2007. Voss’s most recent publication is an introduction to Darwin published by Junius Verlag.