May 9 saw the 56th annual edition of the Venice Biennale open its doors in the iconic Italian city, and as is tradition: The 2015 winners and awards were revealed in a special opening ceremony.

The coveted 'Golden Lion' award was bestowed on Armenia for the best pavilion, for its 'Armenity: Contemporary Artists from the Armenian Diaspora' held at the Mekhitarist Monastery on the Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni. The official statement by the Venice Biennale board noted that: "In a year that witnesses a significant milestone for the Armenian people, this pavilion marks the resilience of trans-cultural confluence and exchanges."

Berlin-based American artist Adrian Piper also took home a 'Golden Lion' for best artist, and was celebrated for her work in Okwui Enwezor's biennial exhibition 'All the World's Futures'. The judges said that she is "a pioneering artist" and praised the creative for "Her presentations [which] invite us to engage in a life-long performance of personal responsibility and calls out attention to ephemeral and transitional character of value systems."

A special mention was also given to the German filmmaker Harun Farocki for his work with post-war cinema. Discover the full list of winners on the official Venice Biennale website here.