Venice Biennale showcases art from 88 countries

Campo de Color by Bolivian artist Sonia Falcone. Stefano Rellandini/Reuters.

The Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious contemporary art fair, launched its 55th exhibition on June 1. This year’s fair represents work from 88 different countries and features renowned artists like Ai Weiwei, Ahmet Güneştekin and Jeremy Deller, as well as up-and-coming faces Marya Kazoun, Zanele Muholi and Tavares Strachan.

From left, Artist Edson Chagas, co-curators Stefano Rabolli Pansera and Paula Nascimento. AP Photo/Luigi Costantini

At the June 1 awards ceremony, British-German artist Tino Sehgal received the fair’s top honor, the Golden Lion, for his performance piece. The country of Angola, which made its debut at the Venice Biennale this year, also received a Golden Lion for best national pavilion. French artist Camille Henrot earned a Silver Lion award for best promising young artist for her work in video.

The fair is open through Nov. 24 at the Giardini, the Arsenale and in various venues throughout Venice.

View a slideshow of Venice Biennale and featured art on the Huffington Post website.

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