The Korean Pavilion has won the prestigious top prize at this year’s Venice Biennale
Korea took home the coveted Golden Lion for the Best National Participation for its pavilion entitled ‘Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula’.
The international jury said Korea’s pavilion ‘presented a new and rich body of knowledge of architecture and urbanism in a highly charged political situation.’
They added that Korea had ‘expanded the spatial and architectural narrative into a geopolitical reality’.
The pavilion’s exhibition, curated by Mass Studies founder Minsuk Cho, aimed to demonstrate the potential of a unified Korea by showcasing the architecture of both the South and the North.
The Silver Lion went to Chile for its pavilion which focused on a prefabricated concrete wall, while Canada, France and Russia all received Special Mentions.
Phyllis Lambert, who founded the Canadian Centre for Architecture, was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. Rem Koolhaas said: ‘Not as an architect, but as a client and custodian, Phyllis Lambert has made a huge contribution to architecture.’
The prizes were awarded at the opening of the Biennale on Saturday (7 June). Judges said the awards recognised the ‘extraordinary achievement of this Biennale as an effective machine for the production and dissemination of knowledge’.
Venice Biennale 2014 winners
Golden Lion for Best National Participation Korea for Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula
Silver Lion for a National Participation Chile for Monolith Controversies
Silver Lion for the Best Research Project Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation for Sales Oddity. Milano 2 and the Politics of Direct-to-home TV Urbanism
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Phyllis Lambert
Special Mentions to National Participations
Canada for Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15
France for Modernity: promise or menace?
Russia for Fair Enough: Russia’s past our Present
Special Mentions to Research Projects
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