The event welcomes the main forms of artistic expression during all the editions, thanks to the participation of thousands of artists from over one hundred countries. During the 12th edition, the following categories have been exposed: Ceramic Art, Drawing & Calligraphy, Installation Art, Jewellery Art, Mixed Media, New Media Art, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Textile & Fiber Art and Video Art.
At the end of each edition of the Florence Biennale an International jury composed of distinguished scholars, art historians and critics from different countries confer the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” International Award to the best exhibiting artists for their works on show. Added to this, the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Lifetime Achievement Award is conferred to individuals and institutions who have reached pinnacles of artistic achievement or stood out for their contribution to culture. The awards are dedicated to Lorenzo de' Medici, called "The Magnificent", to underline the Florentine nature of the event and to connect it ideally to its important artistic history in the emblematic figure of the great patron and promoter of the Renaissance Arts.
Amongst the award recipients of the past editions, mention should be made of Marina Abramović (2009), Gustavo Aceves (2019), Refik Anadol (2019), Sauro Cavallini (in memoriam, 2017), David Hockey (2003), Christo and Jeanne-Claude (2005), Ferrari & Pininfarina (2003), Gilbert & George (2007), Arata Isozaki (2017), Anish Kapoor (2013) and Franco Zeffirelli (in memoriam, 2019).