Florence Biennale 2009

The seventh edition of the International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Florence will take place from 5th - 13th December 2009.

(PRWEB) November 25, 2009 - The seventh edition of the Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art will take place at the historic Fortezza da Basso from 5th - 13th December 2009. 650 artists coming from 78 countries will be exhibiting more than 2.000 artworks and there will be an extraordinary meeting of cultures, languages and diverse artistic styles. The Florence Biennale supports the United Nations program "Dialogue between civilizations", to which the Biennale has officially adhered since 2001.

The Biennale will also see the presence of important artists. In the 2007 edition, the "Lorenzo il Magnifico" career prize was conferred to Gilbert & George, for the 2005 edition to Christo and Jeanne-Claude and to Richard Anuszkiewicz and in 2003 to David Hockney. The 2009 Life Achievement award will be given to Marina Abramovic and Shu Yong for their contribution to the International Contemporary Art Scene.

The International Scientific Committee (I.S.C.), composed of 20 qualified members, categorizes the works in the categories of painting, sculpture, graphic, mixed media, installation, photography and digital art. The selection is done with no prejudice of style. Artists are selected based on the quality of their artwork and the cultural values
their work represents.

The International Jury that assigns recognitions and awards to the invited artists is composed of distinguished figures such Elza Ajzenberg, exhibition curator of the MAC, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sao Paolo, Brazil; Dominique Edouard Bacheler, art history professor and art critic, Paris; Pang Bang Ben, artist and professor, China; R.B. Bhaskaran, past President of Lalit Kala Akademi, India; Francesco Buranelli, General Manager of the Pontifical Commission for the Church's Cultural Beings; Pasquale Celona, President of the Biennale, Florence; Piero Celona, General Manager of the Biennale, Florence; Gregorio Luke, past Director of the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) Long Beach, California; Bianca Laura Petretto, Curator, journalist, expert on modern and Asian arts, Italy; Matty Roca member of AICA and President of the Arts Corporation in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico; Gerfried Stocker, Artistic Director of the Ars Electronica Center of Linz - Austria; Rosa Tejada, educator at the Metropolitan Museum, New York; and Stefano Francolini, Artistic Director of the Biennale, former Director of the C3 Super of the Ministry of the Cultural Activities, Florence, Italy.

The Florence Biennale is organized by Arte Studio.
Fortezza da Basso Florence - 5-13 Decembre 2009 - hours: 10-20 - info: + 39 0553249173
tickets 10 euro for further information: www.florencebiennale.org

Lorenzo il Magnifico award to Marina Abramovic The Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea in Florence dedicated, as is customary, the "Lorenzo il Magnifico career " award an international recognition of contemporary artistic culture to those particularly
outstanding and that still continue to stand by their work.

The VII Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea of Florence awards the "Lorenzo il Magnifico career " award to Marina Abramovic, one of the most important and interesting contemporary performers.