A few minutes ago we attended to the awards ceremony at the Biennale, after which it opened officially to the public (until Nov 25th).
David Chipperfield, director of the 13th Biennale, and Paolo Baratta, president of the Biennale, presented the awards for Lifetime Achievement, National Participations and International Participations.
For the National pavilions, the jury decided to give three mentions: Poland, Russia and USA. The Golden Lion was awarded to the Japan Pavilion, with the exhibit “Architecture, possible here? Home-for-All” curated by Toyo Ito, with the participation of Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata and Naoya Hatakeyama. Toyo Ito dedicated the award to the victims of the tsunami.
Cite: David Basulto. "Venice Biennale 2012: Awards ceremony, big winners: Alvaro Siza, Japan and Urban Think Tank" 29 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/268392/venice-biennale-2012-awards-ceremony-big-winners-alvaro-siza-japan-and-urban-think-tank/>