The XIth edition of the Florence Biennale (6-15 October 2017) has been an outstanding showcase for 462 artists of 72 countries from all continents. Facing the theme eARTh – Creativity and Sustainability, the biennial aimed at contributing to envision a future in which creativity and sustainability are inspiring principles of an artistic and cultural ‘ecosystem’ within a world that is respectful of nature and life forms on Earth.
In addition to the exhibition (over the 8 thousand square meters on the ground floor of the Spadolini Pavilion at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence), the event presented a rich program of collateral events such as conferences, workshops, performances and educational initiatives that offered artists and visitors opportunities for meeting and discussing on various aspects of art and culture.
An International Jury composed of prominent personalities from the world of art and culture conferred to the artists distinguished in the relevant artistic categories the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” International Award. The XIth Florence Biennale included in the range of art categories: Digital art, Video Art, Photography, Installation Art, Performance Art as well as Painting, Drawing & Calligraphy, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Ceramic Art, Textile & Fiber Art, and Jewellery Art.
The “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Lifetime Achievement Award has been given to the Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, to the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and to the Italian sculptor Sauro Cavallini in memoriam. Finally, as guest of honor, the young German artist Tim Bengel has been awarded with the “Special Prize of the President”.