With the Silver Lion for a young artist was distinguished the Cypriot Haris Espaminonda, who currently works in Berlin.
The jury of the 58th Venice Biennale of Art also decided to award an honorable mention to Mexican artist Teresa Margolles and Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga.
The Venice Art Biennial in Italy opened today to the public, in the year in which the event has the theme "Interesting Times", presenting projects from 91 countries, among them Portugal, Brazil and Mozambique.
The exhibition of the representation of Portugal at the Venice Biennale of Art 2019 had its pre-inauguration on Wednesday, at the Palazzo Giustinian Lolin in Venice, where it will remain throughout the contest, until November 24.
In recent declarations to the Lusa agency before the inauguration, the artist Leonor Antunes defined the exhibition as "a second skin" created in that historic palace, where dialogues between her work and the city were born.
"This exhibition is important because I discovered new things in my work, I learned new things," said the artist to Lusa, asked about the personal value in the artistic career of attending the Venice Biennale.
The 47-year-old artist, who resides in Berlin for 15 years, was chosen by curator João Ribas to create a Portuguese official representation project.
Entitled "seam, a surface, a hinge or a knot", the project results from a research that has been carried out for some years, in previous exhibitions in Milan and Venice on the work of important figures in the context of Venice architecture, notably Carlo Scarpa, Franco Albini and Franca Helg, and more recently the architects Savina Masieri and Egle Trincanato.
The sculpture works, which will be presented inside three rooms of the building, were made in carpentry workshops in metal, cork, leather and glass in Venice, Berlin and Lisbon.
Also in Venice, the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos will inaugurate today an exhibition in a cultural program parallel to the biennial, titled "What are you hiding?", Curated by Nina Moaddel.
Luso-Luxembourgian artist Marco Godinho was chosen to represent Luxembourg at the biennial and the Angolan artist Nástio Mosquito will present a performance that opens the "Encounters on Art" one of the parallel cultural programs.
The 58th International Art Exhibition is curated by the British Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London.